Cassie & I have deeply enjoyed another week of dedicated hiking. With sunset coming earlier, our after-work walks are more focused, but we can still squeeze in 60-90 minutes if we don’t waste time in preparation or travel.
And weekends, of course, offer an opportunity to spend time together exploring the great outdoors a little farther from our home. To see what inspiration we found this week, read on! Continue reading “Week in the Woods (15 IX 19)”
I’ve been making a little scene to practice some scenic elements and attempt to replicate some of the cool stuff my little buddy & I have been finding in the woods lately. I could easily add a figure here, but I don’t plan to. These scenic vignettes are intended as quiet little places to retire to when you can’t get away from your desk.
I have built these little Nature scenes before and always given them away as gifts. I want one for my desk at school, but I also have a recipient in mind. I’ll probably give it away. Continue reading “Forest Scene”
I swear this isn’t a Nature blog. It isn’t only a Nature blog, anyway! What can I say? I draw a lot of comfort and inspiration from the natural world, which carries over into my mini painting, my other artwork, my values, and (hopefully) my actions.
My daughter & I were out hiking several times this week. To see what we found, read on. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (8 IX 19)”
Back from my fulfilling but lonely trip to DC, I was eager for a hike with my daughter to celebrate Labor Day. As it turns out, I got two.
To check out a bunch of cool and colorful nature stuff, read on! Continue reading “Labor Day in the Forest”
If you visit ToadChapel from time to time you know I’m fond of mushrooms. I love their personalities, opportunism, and gentle tenacity. They inform my artwork, but more than that they speak deeply to my imagination and spirit.
I traveled to Northeast Pennsylvania for Will’s wedding this weekend and got a chance to explore the forest outside the farmhouse we rented. I was rewarded with many wondrous discoveries at my feet. Continue reading “Fungal Treasures”
I’m organized, I’d say, but the order tends to emanate from the places I’m productive. Things I don’t use often suffer a centrifugal force that leaves them in a state of semi-permanent neglect. The farther you go from, say, my hobby desk, the less likely you are to find what you’re looking for, because it is less likely to be somewhere I actually meant to put it. But…!
Sometimes I get a happy surprise out of it! Today I discovered a cache of old drawings I hadn’t seen in a long time. Continue reading “Fungus Among Us”
I think of these little shards of the natural world as tiny places in their own right, exaggerated by art and ready for imaginative exploration. Micro-environments. If you’re interested in learning how I make them, read on. Continue reading “Drawing Natural Textures with Pens”