I don’t know how it’s June already, but here we are. My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary on June 6th (though we’ve been together much, much longer than that). The lilac bush that was a wedding present bloomed for the first time in our yard, and the peonies I planted when we bought our house had more flowers this year than the first two years combined.
This spring I’ve also been painting a lot of flowers. I’m working on more of the small framed loose florals that did so well at my market in April, and adding a new size (5×7) for next month’s markets. A couple of my florals were claimed before I even got to the market (which is a lovely problem to have); a colleague bought one as a Mother’s Day gift and a family member bought another just because.
The roses have been especially fun to paint and I have pages in my sketchbook covered with practice roses in slightly different styles. In fact, I’m using some of them for an upcoming project: as I mentioned a couple posts back, I did some designs for note paper and stationery, and I’ve settled on about 3-4 that I’m going to print and have ready for July. I’ll share photos here first once they’re ready!
Speaking of July, I’ve got two different two-day markets lined up back-to-back weekends:
- The Prairie Arts and Makers Market on July 8 and 9 in Peoria, Illinois, and
- The Glorious Garden Festival on July 15 and 16 in Bloomington, Illinois.
I think all my flowers will be especially appropriate at the second one, although I have high hopes for both! More news on those events as we get closer. In the meantime, there will be a lot of prepping (and painting) in my studio these next few weeks to make sure I have enough to fill my booths!