I love to be creative. I also love nature.
Here are some other ways I have been delving in to both.
|I love my new pan pastels. : )|
This summer I am spending some time on a regular basis sketching up the clouds with my new soft pastels. I have a couple perfect spots where there is an unobstructed sky view right at home: one on a north second floor balcony, and one facing east from the middle of my backyard. (no powerlines, no trees, no nothing.)
|I love studying clouds.|
It's oddly familiar to sit and do this plein air as they call it. I feel like I channeling my mother. I secure my paper to a board with wooden clothes pins and sketch quickly and loosely as the clouds drift by, ever changing. Clouds change FAST, so this is kind of exciting - like trying to catch a butterfly.
You know I love to look down as much as I love to look up. LUCKY ME - I found a terracotta flower press at a garage sale! It came with a big book to boot. To be more specific - it's a microwaveable flower press!
|modern day wild-crafting?|
No kidding. I didn't know it when I bought it. You can quickly dry a pressed flower in less thank 2 minutes. Done. The color retains VERY well too and there's no chance of anything going funky.
I did up a bunch of samples and it's amazingly fast. This is wonderful. I can collect prairie plant specimens now and save them indefinitely. Love that.
|As for these specimens... we shall eat them! : )|
Happy summer and happy Thursday!