I drew this card for my father’s birthday back in April, on a cool rainy day. I sat in the window of a coffee shop across from Kits beach to stay warm and dry while drawing, but at least it was cherry blossom time. While the cheerful colours that I finally added this week seem appropriate for a birthday card, now I wish I’d added the more accurate gloomy day colours while on location.
I gauge how cold the winter was by how late the first cherry blossoms appear. Some warm years they show up as early as late February in parts of Vancouver, after a cold winter it could be late April.