*Blooming March week

Last month I joined a wonderful drawing challenge called #bloomingmarchweek on Instagram.
It was the perfect opportunity to finally paint pig characters which I wanted to do since we visited an organic pig farm in the woodquarter last year, where I was totally surprised by the playful and happy behavior of pigs that are not trapped in a stable, but have loads of space to run around! 

The prompts were the following:
*Blooming garden
*Animals with flowers
*Florist shop
*Floral tea time

In addition I felt inspired to make some flowery patterns that are available in my spoonflower shop now, in case you are looking for a nice fabric!
And after getting requests I put also art prints of the four pig illustrations in my Etsy shop!

Have a lovely week further!
Here it is snowing again right now!


*elephant and flowers

This was so nice to design.
Sometimes I really like the simplest illustrations the most!


*Spring has started

April has just started and finally the first blossoms of the apricot trees have opened and the air is filled with the scent of wild violets. One of the best fragrances if you ask me! I have been working constantly in the garden since the weather makes it possible and have sowed peas, carrots, beetroot, different salads, parsnips, kohlrabi, spinach, sunflowers and many more and inside I started seeds from different sorts of tomatoes, cucumbers, bitter melon, zucchini and squash. As the garden beds are not big enough to grow everything we would like to this year, we will make a new one only for potatoes and pumpkins next to our berry area. As times are unstable I think nothing is more valuable than having a little piece of land where you can grow something. Have you seen this video of a woman who cultivates her 8 square meter balcony? It's amazing what is possible even with little spaces! 

The pictures above are from the beginning of March when we were hiking and collecting wild garlic near the Danube. 

I started my stinging nettle cure again, one month later than last year as the stinging nettles only recently started to show up. And as soon as the birches get little leaves I will collect and dry them to preserve for the cold season. It is really not a time of the year to get easily bored, as there is so much to do, it's sometimes really overwhelming. Not that I have ever issues with boredom at all anyway, but spring is really a very active time for me and for sure for many other people too!

Have a good start into April!



{Music: Faith's Hymn – Beautiful Chorus}

March brought the first snowdrops,
something to celebrate,
a lot of snow
and tiny hungry birds.



What is happiness?
Wandering around in an ice garden,
a glimpse of sun through heavy clouds,
glittering nature details,
a duck family crossing the street,
rising homemade dough.


*snowy start of spring

Spring has started, but only in the calendar! It is snowing constantly since two days and I can say in all conscience that I have never experienced so much snow in March before. My father told me that in the year I was born, so 40 years ago, there was a "March winter" and the apricots started to bloom only at the end of April which is really late! I'm still feeding the birds a lot and they welcome it and visit the bird feeder very regularly and I was able to film them some more to include them in my next movie. 


*waiting for spring | watercolor update

Some new paintings I made in the last month. Three of them are available as prints in my Etsy store, if you are interested in inviting some spring vibes to your home! Currently I am working on a new illustration series as part of the #bloomingmarchweek drawing challenge where it is all about flowers too of course :) 


*pattern of ice

It will stay cold for longer as it seems. With new snow even. I had a wonderful evening walk with R. and Sunny yesterday. The sunset was stunning and there was a flock of birds that was flying its rounds in the sky and I was pondering about it. What other reason than joy could make those birds fly like this in that very moment! Nature is so beautiful and always there for us. I wish people would recognize that and start treating nature the way it should be treated.


*winter tale

A winter tale.


*a promise

Someone titled the picture with the buds on the twigs "the promise" and he is very right. Those buds are the promise that spring will come for sure and that soon life will feel very different in soul and body again.