I went for my first nature walk of the New Year and couldn’t help but notice all of the beautiful, snow-dusted tree bark. I am in love with the texture, color, and line work at play in this winter wonderland of a forest! Oh nature, you are so inspiring.
The second spread in my “I remember you” 2012 Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project is complete. I took inspiration from the pages shown below, of my lost 2011 sketchbook. The new spread began with a quote from one of my favorite naturalists, John Muir. I then used the quote to inspire my “silhouette” styled imagery. Here’s the new creation: I used two custom mixed acrylics. One that was a pearlescent white to match the metallic rice paper I had used in my spread from the previous year. And then I had to mix a darker color with a sheen to match the original silhouette image. I used a mix of browns, greens, blacks and metallics to come up with a deep and glossy olive green. Like many of Muir’s quotes, his words always make step back and me look at the natural world the way that we all really should: as a big, gigantic, beautiful and vast space that is waiting to be explored, discovered, and appreciated… what a blessing we all share.
Anytime is a good time for breakfast and a nice pot of tea… even if it is 4 o’clock in the afternoon. And there’s nothing better than spending a day of R and R at home with a loved one.
I’m going to stare out the window at the tree covered hill, ponder all the projects I’m going to tackle next week, read some books or poetry and quite possibly sneak into my studio to do a small bit of art making (of course while being mindful of the tender hand).