Thursday, April 26, 2012

Here we go!

April 26, 2012

Anyone who knows me, knows I am old school. Give me a pen and paper and I'm happy, computers, not so much. But I have decided (under pressure from family and friends) that I need to bravely leap into this new world if I want to share my art with the rest of the world. So here we go, my first post.

Quite simply, my passion is nature. I love everything about it - the birds, snakes, bugs, clouds, all of it. As an artist living on a barrier island I am happiest out in the field with a sketchbook in one hand and a pencil in the other.
So this year I have decided to share my love of nature with anyone else who likes to explore, learn, and draw. I am offering classes in field sketching. Field sketching is about getting out there, not just to draw but to learn more about the flora and fauna that share our world. Someone once said it's about making the invisible visible, learning to "see" and putting it on paper, helping to enforce that connection with all other living things.
   I believe it was Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing, who said, "When I begin to draw an ordinary thing, it becomes extraordinary."                                                                                          


Spring has awakened here on the Outer Banks offering dramatic cloud formations, lush greenery, mockingbirds singing at the top of their lungs, and all sorts of small winged and crawling things. It has also brought sadness in the way of orphaned opossum babies and a small snake victimized by a roaming cat. But this is the nature I love.

I'm going to keep this first post short till I get the hang of this blog thing. Be patient please, I'm like a newly hatched chick, just learning the ways of this new world.