I feel like the Spring might not be too far away now. I can't wait to be outside again working in the garden and going for walks. We have an owl in the garden. I put my outdoor light on and saw it in the trees last night. I think it must be a Tawny. There is a pair of Haw finches visiting the bird table along with a Merlin. I feel a bit defeated by winter now. It is hard up here away from the daily business of life. It's so cold sometimes I can barely move away from the stove. Still with fewer distractions I am forced to work on my painting. How is life for you are you happy to be noticing the gradual lengthening of daylight? I am making a sketchbook and because I am coming to the end of some of my paints I have been looking at ordering new supplies. I am actually wondering whether or not to buy some dry pigments to mix my own. Has anyone tried this? I have only ever used dry pigments to paint on walls mixed in with white emulsion.