purple wildflowers

I keep hoping that drawing spring-y doodles will bring the spring… so far it’s not happening though! We’re even supposed to get some snow tonight!! Anyway, we can gaze at a picture of flowers if not see them in the garden quite yet.

UPDATE: Poem from Tom – let’s celebrate (almost) spring!

These purple bells in silence ring
The welcome peels of newborn Spring
To Winter’s cloak shrug off and fling
Just listen to the flowers sing!

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer


random character…

graceful as...

Here’s a doodle I hope you’ll like. Although I was drawing with nothing in particular in mind, I like the flow and looseness of the sketch. Sometimes when I have something too specific to draw, I lose that.

UPDATE: Poem from Tom! Thanks Tom!!

Random greens and purples too
thrown randomly together
like lilies in the fields astrew
or filigrees on feathers

catch the eye and form a shape
of flouncing fancy fun,
in the summer brightly draped
beneath the rising sun.

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer



I was feeling like spring even though the weather isn’t! So here is a spring inspired doodle of tulips. They are so ephemeral – such a brief blossoming and then they’re gone. So enjoy them when they’re here!! (but that’s not yet if you live in the same part of the country that I do… but soon, soon.

UPDATE: New spring poem from Tom – with tulips and more….!

Bright tousled heads all ruffled by the wind
that blows from hither, thither, also yon:
tumultuous Spring, you’re melting Winter, skinned
in snowy cloaks you shed with every dawn.
The tulips toss and tarry for a time
that’s short by human reckoning but then
they spread green leaves to warming Summer climes
while letting petals drop into the fen
of Winter pools where snow-melt lies so still
uncertain of its role in coming days,
should Frost return and give the tulips thrills
while riding through the roller-coaster haze.
Brief vernal flower remind us of the Spring
and all the joy that Summer soon will bring!

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer