Birthdays, New Years', anniversaries--temporal markers that make for reflection and planning. I guess it's only natural to think about next steps at this time.
This year I pushed out about a thousand blog shots but there are considerably more laying about behind the scenes. I want to parse these through, breaking them out by species. Along with that will come a dedicated web site to host galleries of these photos. It will be a nice little winter project.
Of course the blog will continue, although the content, and even the timing, may change a bit.
Okay, now I get to the idea that's been haunting me for some time. I hesitate to bring it out as I don't know if I'm ready. Ah well, here it is...
Before this blog, I was really interested in botanical drawing and painting. I took a few stabs at it but kept losing focus. And when it didn't go my way, I simply drifted off. Well, I want to give it another shot and I want to do it right here. I am quite hesitant about exposing my meager and amateur skills in front of the awesome professional artists who I'm honored to have here. But why not? As I get older, I'm getting a bit daring.
I'll be blogging on my attempts to manage the pencil. Leaves and twigs and cones will be my subjects. Below is something I did a few weeks ago on the back of a printed page. You can see the bleed through. Thing is, it actually looked like a pear! Imagine that? I was stunned. So now I'm reading and practicing, trying to draw lines and work shading and test out different supports.
I welcome all suggestions on anything to do with my new and exciting adventure.