sprucing up on my studies

How can this be February? The snow is nearly melted and it's 14 degrees outside! We ventured out on a much needed walk last night. I've been battling a cold this week, and it sucked all my energy. The walk was tiring but so lovely. There has been quite a lot of infill in our neighborhood since we moved here. Some of the houses being built are lovely, but what I love even more are the old houses that are being made new! New siding, new windows, fresh color, a new front stoop, but same tiny army-style A-frame; and most of them surrounded by tall spruces.

We have a lot of spruce here. Some of the older ones have gotten gangly and a bit sad looking, but some of them have been cared for and have lovely, sprawling branches weighed down by new growth or trimmed neatly. Regardless of their state, they are all over the neighborhood, tall sentinels providing shade to yards and walk ways, and housing for squirrels, magpies and all the other birds that can put up with the aforementioned. I love their lines, they way they hold snow and light, and the shadows they cause. I have a few more spruce-y studies up my sleeve yet, but here are the first two:

 study of spruces I, mixed media on paper, 9x12, $65 + tax

study of spruces I, mixed media on paper, 9x12, $65 + tax

 study of spruces II, mixed media on paper, 7x12, $50 + tax

study of spruces II, mixed media on paper, 7x12, $50 + tax

Happy Friday!