It is spring. Daffodils are flourishing in the garden and the magnolia is in full bud. It is time to go out and paint. The weather has not turned around yet: maybe a trip up to Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. It was the home of the Guinness family until the State bought it some years ago. There are wonderful gardens, and a lake. At this time of year the grass is full of white and violet wood anemones. The trees are all in blossom now. Ready to paint. Last year I spent a lot of time there: it is so beautiful. Here is an images of one of last year’s paintings. Of course, the driveway up to the house is full of daffodils as well. I have done very little "plein air" painting. I was in Morocco in May painting with my friend, and great Belfast painter, Colin Watson. Since I came back I have been concentrating on Moroccan paintings. So to go outside to paint here will be changing gears in my head. It may take a few days to get used to it.