Monday, June 24, 2019

Everywhere you look

From the door of the dentist's office...
There's no end
To the Love
You can Give
When you change your point of view
To Underfoot

Nature is all around us.  Art is everywhere.

Life is being expressed in the smallest, everyday parts of our world.
So look down… then look out… and up…
Every molecule is energized, alive, doing its thing.  No matter what you may be doing.

Like the fish in the bowl we forget that we are swimming in something amazing.
Like fractal patterns, life shares its story, repeats, changes and reshapes itself.  Stepping away turns chaos into pattern.

It is a good thing to pay attention to the parts of the whole, to stay connected to the little bits.

So look down… and out… and up…

…see the wonder.

“Nothing is so mundane that is cannot be a source of wonder, creativity, love, and the deep satisfaction of being alive, here and now.”  ~ Deepak Chopra

Aquabee sketchbook, 6x9”
Sakura Micron Pigma 02 pen (well-worn)
Daniel Smith watercolors  (Botanical half-pan set)
Mondeluz watercolor pencils
Niji waterbrush, Medium

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Above and Below

What a wonderful world!
"Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light."
     ~ Theodore Roethke,
 American poet

 This sketchbook entry was inspired by a recent writing prompt in a class I’m facilitating.   The class series is at the Naples Botanical Garden - Botany through Art: Nature Journaling with Watercolor Pencils, and the idea was created by the Garden’s co-facilitator.  

The prompt was: “If you were one inch high, where would you live in the Garden and what would you do?”

It didn’t take long for me to choose the Water Garden.  I’m always fascinated with the hidden worlds of nature – what lies beneath water, leaves and rocks, the micro-level bits of life too small to see, the colors of light our eye can’t process.    My attempt was to show the three worlds that M.C. Escher so eloquently captured – the world above the water, the surface, and what lies below. 

It’s a wonderful art and writing prompt that channels us into thinking differently.

Every part of the water lily connects to these three worlds.  It’s an aquatic plant floating on the water’s surface that is connected to the world of water and the world of sky.  The stems below the water are the plant’s support, its lifeline and anchor to the earth below.  The bloom and lily pads rest on top of the water’s surface, reaching into the world above.  

What other life surrounds this water lily?  How is it experienced by small insects, reptiles, fish, and (maybe even) birds?  What universe exists inside its sphere?  These are the wonderments that lead me to explore and learn – all set into motion by a simple question.

Aquabee sketchbook, 6x9”
.7 mm mechanical pencil
Mondeluz watercolor pencils
Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils
Niji waterbrush, Medium