Belinda Del Pesco

Watercolor: Reading Room (an interior with books and a sleeping dog)

Reading Room 29×22 (sold)

Spring Inspiration in the Studio

I see Spring coming in the translucent, slightly longer daylight outside. We’ve had such a mild winter, I shouldn’t long for warmer weather, but I sure love the lilac leaf buds and rose limbs sprouting from naked branches in our garden. Spring is associated with cleaning, and renewal and the dispersion and sowing of new things. There are changes afoot in my little world, and the coming months will be a full basket of planning, and To-Do’s.

underpainting with powdered graphite
Laying in the basics for this piece with powdered graphite

Working Small when Time is Short

The pace has been a little crazy, and bulging days usually inspire tiny art-making for me, so I’m working on a little copper-plate drypoint. Small art can be finished a bit sooner, so the sense of accomplishment, up against longer, unfinished tasks feels good. And there’s something contemplative when working on a small surface; I get lost in the tiny repetitions of mark-making. I’ll post the print soon – I hope to pull the last proof this afternoon before printing an edition of 10.


The room was coming along, but felt lonesome, so I added a sleeping dog to the chair. Much better, don’t you think?

In the meantime, this larger watercolor of an interior room with books and a sleeping dog is from my archives, inspired by the front room in a carriage house I lived in years ago. There are fond memories of reading lovely books in that room, floating inside every beam of sunlight. 🙂

What are your Spring rituals? Do you clean your studio? Sort your art supplies? Plot your shows for the summer? Leave us snippets of inspiration and ideas in the comments.

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