President's Day was this week, and two things came to mind. I need to prune my roses and it's free admission day at the Portland Japanese Garden. Seeing that it was a damp and drizzly day, I chose the latter.
I first wrote about this enchanting place last year in this blog post. I have been meaning to visit in the springtime when the plants and trees are in bloom. Rhododendrens and azaleas especially thrive in this wet environment, and I love the vibrancy of their flowers.
Strolling through the garden is such a peaceful experience. And I am reminded how beauty is often in the simplest of things.
This week, I worked on a small linocut of Mt Hood. It was nice to leisurely work on a project without the worries of deadlines or expectations. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with the prints yet. I could leave them as they are or add details to the sky. What do you think?