The Spring March

Everyone, everywhere seems to be glad to see the last of February this year – moving happily on to the promise of March!

And the booksellers Vamp and Tramp just leapfrogged over spring and feature my foldbooks “Summer Into Fall” with their offerings this month. (It’s a privilege to be included and always a pleasure to look at the artists’ books on their site (here).

Seeing those images reminds me of that best time of year here – hot days and harvest food. But, though chilly weather will linger before real warmth arrives in July, I am also grateful for the long Washington spring, with bare soft earth and emerging plants.

And light! Unlike a winter day when the lamp on my desk stays on, now, on a good day, sun shines into my little workroom from early to late. Outdoors, buds triggered by lengthening daylight begin to change the view.

And the soundtrack changes, too. In winter months only the muffled scuffle of boots on fallen cedar fronds and fir needles, and raindrops through the canopy break the morning silence on the woods walk. Now faint notes of the spring morning chorus begin – little bird twitterings and the haunting songs of winter wrens.

Winter blossoms – snowdrops, crocus, and hellebore bloom in the garden. But daffodils hold the most promise. Their beginnings lead the parade of flowers to come. Nosing through the compost in early February, March finds them six inches up and stretching, green buds brushed yellow.

I’m ready to begin “spring into summer!”

Daffodils in Millbrook vase

Foldbooks and Winter Cards

“A Bird Foldbook” and “A Foldbook for Spring,” foldbooks you’ve seen here, and one you haven’t seen (unless you were a Workroom participant) are now available in the shop on my website (www.katygilmoreartist.com).

Digitally reproduced from my original drawings and text using archival printing on lovely Moab Entrada paper, foldbooks, with their accordion shape, display well on bookshelf, desk, or table. They are 34 inches long fully extended, but fold into a five by four-inch cello envelope.

They’d make a good gift! And I’ve also added a selection of seasonal cards to the shop.

Please order by December 12, 2013 for delivery before the holiday.

Bird foldbook