Breathing

Sometimes you just have to get outside and breath the fresh air, take a walk in the woods, clear your head, ...especially after an extremely long winter like we've had this year.  It's still too cold to plant my garden, but things are starting to green up a little and it's encouraging to see the first wildflowers popping up.  Maybe take a sketchbook with you.  No, everything doesn't have to be a masterpiece or even a finished work, or ready for a competition, or even for anybody to see but you. I meet so many people that say they can't draw, who told them that?  Drawing is freeing, painting is calming, creating is good therapy, who couldn't use a little of those things? My sketchbooks very greatly between, simple watercolor landscapes, up close specimen details, value studies, random thoughts, doodles, scribbles.  The point is to get out there...get quiet...listen...see...no I mean really see!  Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

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Remember to bring something to draw on and a few little art supplies in your pack.  If things won't sit still for you, you can always take a picture and finish it later, no worries!

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Foraging

It's finally here, my favorite time of the year! The cooler weather, amazing changing colors of leaves, glorious luminous cloud formations and beach sunsets, apple orchards, pumpkin patches.  As fabulous as all of this is, in Michigan it also means the end is near of all things green and growing until next spring.  For a botanical artist, that means scurrying around to visit as many gardens and green spaces as possible with my camera and sketchbook, like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter.

Lately I've been able to take a little time to wander through some of my favorite secret gardens and soak in the beauty.  Draw, paint, doodle, photograph, observe, breathe, whatever you need to do, I hope you get out there too, it's so good for the soul. 

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