Graphite drawing of the sweetgum seeds I found on the trails at James Island County Park. This one is available for purchase on my website if you are looking for some affordable original art.
Just so I know what I am looking at while drawing in the forest, I am making mind maps of information. This week I am researching the difference between the Loblolly Pine and the Longleaf Pine. What I learned is that the Loblolly is the second most common tree in the US, while the Longleaf is almost endangered. Here is my mind map on the loblolly. Next up is the Longleaf.
“In this twentieth century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf, is an unforgettable experience” ~Frederick Franck
I have recently returned to reading these for probably my tenth time. Each time I gain new insight about how drawing helps one “see” rather than simply “look”.
Walking the forest at James Island County Park, I did a few quick drawing studies of the various bark textures. These are the loblolly pine and live oak. I also did a quick sketch of the needle palm growing nearby. I will do a further study of the palm as it is so distinct for our area.
This new year I am going to be immersing myself more in nature and drawing in a journal like a naturalist would. The first entry will be on ice and snow. Who knew??