A Sense of Urgency

Its time for those of us who live in the deciduous forests to wonder through the woods in search of woodland spring flowers.  In early spring, before the canopy of green shades their leaves, they  soak up the sun of the lengthening day to produce a beautiful short-lived display. With descriptive common names like  “Spring Beauty”, “Lady’s Slipper”, “Dutchman’s Breeches”, “Bloodroot” and “Trillium” they dot the landscape of the forest floor like little scattered jewels.

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One of the beautiful spring wildflowers, Trillium gets its name from the swirl of 3 petals.

Springtime instills this artist with a sense of urgency to paint; so many fleeting moments, so many little sparks to light a creative fire, so many colors replacing the grays and browns of winter.

I just had to paint “Trillium” after discovering the pretty flower in the woods.  The sky was clearing from a spring shower and the promise of a beautiful day was on the horizon.  Dipping my brush into water and pigment was my way of preserving  its glorious moment in the sun. The sights and sounds of springtime are truly inspiring.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know the chorus of frogs in the spring is one of my favorite sounds and I happily posted a picture of frog eggs discovered in a nearby pond.

The delicate mass of eggs endured freezing temperatures and even snow since their discovery and I feared that there wouldn’t be any to survive.  However…..during my morning walk last week I discovered that there will be no shortage of frogs in the pond this summer!



There are hundreds of tadpoles!  Amazing how something so small and delicate can also be so strong and resilient.

Hope you enjoy a week filled with little unexpected jewels that make you happy!





About Karen Hines Art

I am an artist living in the mountains of Virginia and expressing my love of nature through painting.
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2 Responses to A Sense of Urgency

  1. That’s a beautiful painting !

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