|Pink lady slipper (Cypripedium acaule)|
It's daunting in the Spring to sketch what is in front of me in Nature. There's newness everywhere and I want to posses it all. It's a weird desire; however, this is a fact of the artist's life. If I drew a tenth of it, I would be forever rooted in one spot! On this morning's walk I found familiar lovely things that stayed still so I could draw them.
Pink lady slipper orchids are just starting to emerge and bloom. Twenty years ago, I hid an engagement ring beneath this flower's broad scoop-shaped leaves for my then-girlfriend to find. Prior to this signal moment, I found lady slippers in wilderness areas in the Midwest and Canada during unforgettable botanical excursions.
|Where to begin? There is something interesting and beautiful EVERYWHERE I look.|
Here, sketches of pine branches and barberry
|See how she's stuffed into this nest? Bright yellow beak and tail up in the air. Kind of funny.|