Week in the Woods (28X19)

It was a bit of a slow week in woods for Cassie & me, as rain and a busy schedule kept us grounded more than we would have liked. Still, we got a few good hikes in the cool Autumn air.

Colorful mushrooms discovered on a hike with my daughter.

We didn’t see anything as unusual as last week, but stumbled upon a few sprigs of beauty nonetheless. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (28X19)”

Week in the Woods (21 X 19)

We finally got a bit of rain, the weather was cool, and skies were blue overhead. The mushrooms were out again and the leaves showed some real Fall color at last.

Richly colored leaves fallen by the trail, spotted on a hike through Raccoon Creek State Park near Pittsburgh.

My daughter & I got out into the woods as often as we could, eager to take advantage of the last weeks of long days. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (21 X 19)”

Fall Harvest

It’s always fun to pick up little gribblies from the ground when you’re out for a hike in the woods, or even just a nice walk in the neighborhood. These objects can be used for art studies, sit-arounds, and whatever you can think up. Seeking them forces you to become more engaged with your environment, and more curious. Whenever I find something I can’t identify, I always want to know what it is. And I always want to know more about the things I’m already familiar with. I usually want to draw things, or study them for one of my scenic vignettes, but the search and the study it encourages stand as rewards in their own right.

Beautiful Fall treasures collected on a walk with my daughter.

Autumn in Pittsburgh is arriving by degrees. Many maple trees have ignited in brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows, but most of the trees are only displaying their first blush of Fall color.

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From Forest to Page

I draw as often as I can, and almost always draw things I’ve found on my walks in Nature.

A pen drawing of honey mushrooms found on a hike in the woods with my daughter.

I embrace the progressive abstraction as I transfer real mushrooms and other small objects discovered in the course of my hiking to the page. Pens, pencils, and markers help me condense and personalize the often unassuming, ephemeral focus of my fascination. Continue reading “From Forest to Page”

Week in the Woods (14 X 19)

It was a tough one out there this week. The leaves haven’t turned yet, but Summer’s standouts are long gone. Mushrooms are scarce, as we’ve had little rain. We didn’t entirely strike out, though!

Strange pink mushrooms found on a hike with my daughter.

I found these odd beauties on a pine log. It looked like someone had wadded their bubble gum on the moss!

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Another Base without a Face

I’ve found time here and there to complete another little vignette. This one features a dead tree, which I haven’t done in a while.  As usual, this one is a kind of lesson to be applied in basing minis, as well as a little imaginative refuge in its own right.

A detaile base featuring a forest scene without a miniature.

The base is 1.5″ square. I like the challenge of telling a story or creating a scene dense in interesting details on a very small scale. Continue reading “Another Base without a Face”

Week in the Woods (6 X 19)

Though most of the week was unseasonably hot, reaching nearly ninety degrees Fahrenheit, Fall arrived at last this past weekend. Long sleeves and wonderfully brisk air in the forest made my hikes with Cassie extra fun.

A cool mushroom on the cool wet forest floor at a state park in SW Pennsylvania

Some much needed rain also brought new mushrooms bursting from the earth. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (6 X 19)”