Spring flowers

Dogwood block

Dogwood block

In the blush of the first warm temperatures of the season, my daffodils have finally started to bloom.  We are in for a lot of rain over the next couple of days, so I expect that the under story in the woods and  the rest of the wild flowers will burst onto the scene very quickly.  It is already late into spring for most of them to make their appearances.  Right now it is thundering outside  and the rain is sheeting down.  With the droughts of the last several years, I am not going to complain.  Any rain is good rain for us.

I decided to make a dogwood linocut today, in honor of my mangled little red dogwood tree.  One of the deer thought that all of the flower buds on it, except for one, would make for a nice snack.  Alas, it will be next year before I can see the red blooms again.  I have had quite a hard time keeping a red dogwood alive and growing in this particular spot.

I am thinking that I will print this in reds and pinks with the variation directly on the brayer.  I’ve only tried that once before with some green and yellow inks.  This one might be a good one to try it again.  I don’t plan to make one to watercolor then unless I decide a green background would add to it.  I think I need to see it first.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. foresterartist
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 20:11:53

    I bet that deer would make a nice snack! Mmmmm…taste like dogwood!


  2. Gray Dawster
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 03:48:10

    I like the creative effect of these 🙂



  3. Cindy D.
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 00:33:54

    Lovely! So nicely arranged. 🙂


  4. lesliepaints
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 10:59:36

    Nice design, Ruth. With us, here, it is the rabbits. They are numerous!


    • ruthsartwork
      Apr 05, 2014 @ 19:04:49

      Thanks. I have printed it and will post it tomorrow. Our rabbits don’t bother us too much so far. However, last year a raccoon climbed to the top of one of the peach trees to get the fruit and broke it in half. Color me not happy. whatever we do for the deer will also have to stand up to the raccoons.


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