Week in the Woods (19 I 20)

These photos were taken last week, so I backdated our Week accordingly. Cold has kept little Cassie & me grounded lately, which makes these memories a little sweeter.

On one of our favorite hikes we saw some amazing mushrooms and more. These fellows have… what?! Gills on the top? I sure don’t know. They look sort of geometric. Probably have to draw them, no?

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Is That an Ent?

I found a wonderfully rumpled birch tree last week which I knew would be fun to draw. It had nice rolled bark, a mix of textures, and… a face!

I like the contrasting vertical and horizontal lines in this drawing, along with the tattered sheets of bark sort of exploding out at you. I kept it pretty clean in order to preserve that effect, forgoing some of the gnarly bits found on the tree itself.

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Pencilled Pixie Cups

Using colored pencil & technical pen, I drew a different crop of pixie cups today. These I found with Cassie on our first hikes of 2020. There’s a close relationship between my time in the woods, my efforts in photography, and my drawings of Nature. I wrote about it here. It makes me happy to know exactly where these little lichens live, and what Cassie was getting up to as she pottered around while her dad took a few pictures.

These little subjects, moss, lichen, woodgrain, mushrooms, etc. exhibit colors, patterns, textures, and volumes that I enjoy trying to capture in my artwork. I definitely don’t feel I’ve mastered it.

Thanks for having a look!

Winter Wonders

I’ve had good luck finding natural treasures out in the woods during the early weeks of Winter, and some of them have readily lent themselves to my drawing hobby. Sometimes it feels like I draw the same things time & again, but I enjoy it and I’m still trying to get it just right.

These colorful turkeytails Cassie & I found last week. I might have embellished them a little… I didn’t have any grey pencils so the blues are pretty powerful. The little guy in the upper right got a bit overworked, but otherwise I’m pleased with a couple hours enjoyment.

And they were kind of blue!

Week in the Woods (11 I 20)

Freezing temperatures gave way to an afternoon near 70 degrees on Saturday, ensuring that Cassie & I would find time to explore a few of our favorite trails. We had a good day hunting mushrooms & other interesting stuff!

I brought my macro lens into the woods again, something I just started doing but now feel I almost can’t do without. I’ve come to really enjoy it, and today got some fun shots of a few miniature beauties, such as these… I’m not sure whats. I’ll watch to see if they grow. Maybe they’re some sort of tooth fungus. I love their frilly lace hemline!

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Mossy Branches

I found time for a little drawing today. And it is little, about five square inches. I like compact and small images and often start an illustration by tracing around the base of a coffee mug or roll of tape.

Mossy jungle gym
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Turkeytails Forever!

My Nature illustration kick continues, this time returning to an old favorite.

These are inspired by some turkeytails Cassie & I found in Allegheny Cemetery last year. In the spirit of the place, you might be able to imagine a skull in my drawing if you squint.

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