Art Prescription: Tomorrow I’m teaching an adult coloring class at the NC Botanical Garden. “Teaching” coloring doesn’t really represent what I do. What I will really be doing is giving adults permission to play. To allow themselves the freedom to put color to paper while their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing all slow down to a meditative state.
Art Prescription: Perfect temperature for a nature walk. Lots of birds singing, robins, nuthatches, cedar waxwings, chickadees, cardinals. I was looking to see what might be coming out of the ground, but instead found this bunch of leaves an interesting subject.
Pen and Ink Sketch en plein air in my art journal and colored pencil once home:
Art Prescription: Ah, the life cycle…went to the North Carolina Botanical Gardens today to sketch. This time of year the flowers are starting to go to seed, preparation for a new spring, new plants. The shapes and textures of pods are interesting. At some point I shall do a study of pods. For now the flowers are still in bloom, and the butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds are abundant…heaven.
Art Prescription: Watercolor pencils are a great tool for sketch-booking outside. Simply take your pencils and sketchbook, draw and color en plein air. Then back in the studio add water for a surprise mixing of color. Sketchbook graffiti!
Art Prescription: Another astonishing North Carolina day! I packed up my “art wagon,” and headed over to the NC Botanical Garden to watercolor sketch. It’s really my garden wagon, but works perfect for field-sketching. My paint, paper, pens, water, water holder, snack, and bug spray all fit neatly, then the handle folds back to create the perfect flower-level seat. This is the second piece of work in a new collection I’m calling “Watercolor Fresh.” Each piece starts as a watercolor sketch, expressive. Then I let the random shapes suggest detail with pen and ink. It’s very relaxing because there is no right or wrong, I’m just working (as I tell my workshop participants) with what is happening on the paper!! Try it!!