I know it’s a bit early in winter to start anticipating the arrival of fresh green leaves, warm breezes, and beautiful spring flowers, but today’s Sketches has me thinking about nothing else. The pages shown here are from the sketchbooks and journals of Melissa Wastney. Melissa is an artist based far across the globe in Nelson, New Zealand—where it’s actually mid-summer right now. She runs the online shop Tiny Happy and curates a blog of the same name. Melissa’s illustrations are simple and sweet, and I fell in love with the painterly ease she exhibits on the pages of her sketchbooks.
Since Melissa also creates textiles, it’s not surprising that there are a few sample swatches tucked into the pages as well. It’s wonderful to see so many different mediums—fabric, painting, block printing, collage, and more—all tackled with a playfulness that feels perfectly suited to the spring-like flora and fauna depicted. You can view more of Melissa’s sketches here, and be sure to check out the goods in her shop as well.