Bluebird in Spring

Bluebird in Spring - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Bluebird in Spring – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

At last, spring is in full force here in Atlanta.  The flowers are blooming and the tree leaves are out with their lovely light green color so striking against the bright blue sky.  I have been spending the past week working in our yard;  starting to tame all the overgrowth.  Even though I have a degree in landscape architecture, I’ve never been much of a gardener.  A few years ago we put in some large flower beds and planted a few smaller flowering and evergreen trees that now are helping to define our yard; but with no attention, the English ivy, poison ivy and blackberry brambles had taken over.  I’m learning the lesson that with care early in the season, when the ground is moist and mosquitoes not out yet, gardening can actually be kind of fun.  I’m planting perennials where the weeds were along with mulch hoping to encourage a lovely, easily maintained garden.

I painted Blue Bird in Spring last spring.  It was fun to paint, I tried to make it look like an old vintage postcard symbolizing spring.  On my walks I often see bluebirds flying about.  The bluebird symbolizes joy.  When I was young the bluebirds had disappeared.  People began to make an effort to bring them back by putting up bird houses in their yards and meadows.  The bluebirds returned; it’s encouraging to realize how resilient nature is.  I painted this bluebird to remind me of how joyful and resilient life can be!

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Front yard view
Front yard view

April – Orange Fish with Raindrops

Orange Fish with Raindrops- acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Orange Fish with Raindrops- acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

“Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!”  William Hamilton Gibson

Spring here in Atlanta has been unseasonably chilly.  Last night the low temperature was 39 degrees.  April has started out fickle with gray weather and rain.  This weekend it is supposed to be sunny and warmer.  Finally!  The dogwoods and azaleas are just about to bloom, it’s going to be gorgeous around here.  My daughter’s school spring break starts next week, she is heading to the beach with a friend, hopefully the weather will be lovely for them.  I will have more time to paint.  I’m starting a second jungle theme painting, this one will be a crocodile.

I painted Orange Fish with Raindrops around this time last year and I think it suits an April day well.