|A serene spot at Grace Place.|
During the previous week the kids came to visit me at Freedom Park, one of my "outdoor studios." I showed them my nature sketchbooks and sketching kit, and talked to them a bit about what I did and why. I gave them a quick demonstration of how simple art can be, using watercolor and just a few quick strokes of the aquabrush. They also received a quick introduction to watercolor pencils, which were a great hit!
When I visited Grace Place, I set up a specimen table with various plants, cones, seedpods, shells, fossil shells, and a piece of an opposum jawbone (complete with teeth!). A magnifying glass was provided for those who wanted to take a closer view. I made sure that the plants I selected were benign, in case of skin reactions. Once upon a time I broke out into full body hives after weeding a flower bed - yikes! We didn't want anyone to have a similar reaction. I also tried to choose things that they might find in nearby woods, parks, or even in theirown back yard.
|Selecting a specimen to draw.|
|Sharing my thoughts.|
|Drawing an apple snail and its habitat.|