...to the more artful side of my life. (do I hear a collective sigh of relief?) ;) Sorry, I've been battling some serious blues lately.
Here are a couple things I've been very slowly working on in my spare seconds. Most of the past month and then some has been spent working on my high school (homeschooled) son's College applications, research and paperwork (TWO acceptance letters now grace our bulletin board, and some nice scholarship possibilites!), also I've been recovering from an infection that seriously hindered my ability to do much else at all.
I managed to finish this nature journal page about the bullfrogs I visit at the DBG... (sadly I recently learned they are an invasive species not native to AZ, and they are threatening many native species of wildlife)
It encompasses Every Day Matters challenge #183 - Draw something dangerous. You can read how the American Bullfrog is a danger to Arizona's native species here.
The next page in my Nature Journal that I've been working on, again, in very spare moments, is a departure from the rest of the book because it includes the sketch of a human. A very special and dear to me 'human'...my first grandchild. This past spring she accompanied granny to the Desert Botanical Garden to the butterfly pavilion, she loved it, and she was not yet 2 years old! The experience merits inclusion in my nature journal because it was a purposeful excursion toward the hope that she will develop a deep love for the Creation and the natural world all around us. Here in this unfinished entry, she is admiring a butterfly. She was so good to 'look and not touch', she was as gentle as a lamb, and as curious and unafraid as she could be. It was a beautiful morning. :)
This watercolor and ink sketch fulfills Every Day Matters challenge #54 - Draw someone or something you love - and journal about it.
I need to add more color, depth and tone to the overall page, as well as fill in her shoes, and the butterfly. More to come, soon hopefully!
May you be blessed by time to notice the beauty around you today.