May 24, 2016

Drawing From Nature

May 24, 2016

A new to me wildflower. I think it's Bellwort.

What a wonderful weekend. Needless to say I was out and about admiring all the new growth.  Just  look at those greens! I recently read that nature walks are one of the best things to do for your health.  Apparently being out in nature decreases stress and is instrumental for sound mental health and overall well-being. I wanted to say: really? I mean really! To me that is self evident. (Although I have met people who absolutely detest leaving the sanctity of their homes and gardens and they are well and happy souls.) Speaking of gardens, they are another refuge...a sanctuary in the midst of it all.  It must boil down to what ever makes your heart sing. For me, that can be nurturing a house plant too, but I do love to take a walk in the woods. It renews and invigorates and, for me, is absolutely essential.

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Last year on a walk through the marsh I met a grandfather (?) with a teenage girl who was boo hooing profusely about the bugs, (where where they?) the heat ( it was hot) and on and on it went. Secretly, I send her a message of good will, hoping that if she calmed down enough she might notice something to appreciate...something to pique her sense of curiosity and wonder.  Of course, I also wanted to say crease and desist, but I thought, as the fussing increased long after I should have been out of ear shot, that just might take a village.  ;)

Wild geranium
 A fungus surrounded by Solomon's Seal


Now and then I randomly decorate a few of my shoppe order envelopes.
Walking Fern. Difficult to tell which end is which. They creep along the ground.
I hope to paint these two soon.

Lately my ipad often refuses to let me leave a message on your blogs, and sometimes it's difficult to tell, especially if you have comment moderation on.  So if you haven't heard from me in awhile it's not because I haven't been trying. (I've used my other computer recently.)  What's surprising is that it doesn't seem have much of a problem if I try and post a comment on WordPress...what's up with that?  

 Enjoy the week...


  1. How fun to find a new-to-you wildflower. And so pretty. I love your birds - can't wait to see them painted.

  2. It is always a good thing to take a walk in the woods or down here in Australia...the bush. As always, some more lovely artwork, Dixie. Those birds will look so pretty when painted. Have a lovely week.

  3. I love walking in the woods, but sadly not everyone feels that way. The photos are beautiful, Dixie and lovely artwork! Can't wait to see them painted.


  4. We am along country lanes, through wooded coppices and alongside fields of cows and horses or by the sea every day of the week, it is a part of our lives I could never give up.
    Enjoy your wandering, who knows what new plants are waiting to be discovered and captured on your sketch book pages?
    Thanks for stopping by in Normandy today.

  5. Hello Dixie
    I love Wild flowers too - I haven't seen or heard of the Bellwort before - the little bells are pretty.
    Wow your art on envelopes is beautiful Dixie, don't forget to show us once you've painted them!
    I was thrilled to see you had popped in to my blog - thank you!

  6. There is certainly a lot of inspiration if you look around in nature. I love houw you were inspired!

  7. Beautiful photos and your sketching is....awesome! I love walks in the woods!


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