It's that lovely time of year when flowers and trees begin to show us what they have been hiding all winter long. It's also the time when the pollen starts to remind us that winter also has it's own secrets. As these flowers start to bloom and show off across our social media world, maybe we should take a moment away from our newsfeeds to stop and smell the roses blooming outside of our own non-virtual windows. This world we live in is still pretty amazing in reality. Realizing this is perhaps the greatest thing we can do to revive our outlook and infuse in our art classrooms. It might just inspire us to brush the dust off of our portable watercolor palettes, find a notecard and capture the beauty of a budding cherry blossom, fleeting wildflower, potted pansy or purple iris. We don't need a large block of time, fancy studio or isolation to make this kind of art. We don't have to have a purpose in mind for these watercolor cards, except self expression. However, I have found that these cards usually find their own way into the hands of someone who really needs them, so I wait and listen for a moment to cheer, express love or thankfulness. After all, isn't what this time of year does for us? Happy Spring.