Leaves shiver in breeze

Cool, grey, wintry, cloudy, sky

Fluffy birds huddle.

Art Prescription:  I can’t think of a better way to end the year than a nature walk with my sketchbook and my love. Just us and our footsteps together for a 25th New Years Eve. Our lives are blessed and happy, and my wish for everyone is to find the simple beauty of each and every day. Oh yea, and make some art! Here’s to 2017!

Sketchbook with pen and graphite:

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Number two pencil

A notebook ready to fill

With observation.

Art Prescription:  Thank you Jane, https://www.facebook.com/jane.eckenrode, for a lovely class today at the North Carolina Botanical Garden on keeping a nature journal. My regular blog readers know I’m a total bird geek, and learning how to observe and draw birds in their natural habitat is a skill I aspire to.

I’m excited to go out into the field, or to my back-yard feeder, and practice.

Art journal with #2 pencil:


Birds bathe, babbling creek

Preen in warm winter sunshine

Melting snow runs south.

Art Prescription:  Walked Mason Farm with my love today. There are still patches of snow on the ground, but the birds don’t mind. They hop about energetically on a brisk January day.

Index card with colored pencil, fabric, and improvisational sewing:

Index card birds bathe

The bar is open

Black sunflower seeds for all

Line starts in the trees!

Art Prescription:  Saturday morning…time to sit with coffee and watch the birds. And do a little sketching.

Bird bar sketchbook

Flicker in the trees

Set sight with binocular

Songbird, dogwood buds.

Art Prescription:  If you look close the swelling buds on the trees tell a story of renewal. Sketchbook…

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