I smelled Spring today: sunshine, birds singing, warmth, and and-the little cool noises around the pond were back tonight-they are either little frogs or insects-never can remember which start singing first-but hearing that made me smile-Spring is finally coming back to the ozarks.
Be sure to visit our host Nemo to take the Art Sunday Tour.
by Nora Kasten Spring Tulips found here http://www.norakasten.com/
Zen Art as Practice: Painting Spring a nice read http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/daido/teisho00.php
Master Dogen, addressing the assembly, said:
My late master, old Buddha (T'ien-t'ung Ju-ching), said, "The original face has no birth and no death. Spring is in the plum blossoms and enters into a painting." When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots--it is not yet painting Spring. It is not that Spring cannot be painted, but aside from my late master, old Buddha, there is no one in India or China who has painted Spring. He alone was the sharp, pointed brush who painted Spring. This Spring is Spring in the painting because it enters into a painting. He does not use any other power, but lets plum blossoms activate Spring. He lets Spring enter into a painting and into a tree-- this is his skillful means. Because my late master, old Buddha, clarified the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, he correctly transmitted it to the Buddhas and ancestors who assembled in the ten directions of past, future, and present. In this way, he thoroughly mastered the eyeball and opened up the plum blossoms.
This was written on the sixth day, eleventh month, first year of Kongen, 1243, at Yoshimi Monastery, Yoshita County, Echizen Province. Deep snow, three feet, all over the earth.
Waiting for Spring by Robin Ducey found here
American Robin in Spring by Chris Lodge found here
and lastly a quilt pattern for spring
intstructions to make here