(this is being posted to the Sketchbook Challenge blog today also!)
One of the things that I love about hiking is that you have time to look at the world around you.
We tend to miss so many of the little things because we are so focused on the big ones, thus losing out on a myriad of visual pleasures.
I have a folder on my computer that holds hundreds of photos that I have taken while hiking, kayaking or camping. The vast majority of the photos are not sweeping landscape shots but macro shots of tiny mushrooms, lush emerald moss or grains of sand that are clustered onto a dried creek bed.
Kind of like this -
|A tiny little world growing on top of a moss covered rock|
|Long hair moss among the short|
|Looks like acres of emerald moss but it's really on a six inch rock|
|Alien growth stretches from a skinny limb|
|Love, love the textured tree trunks of my favorite|
forest by the river
|Be sure to enlarge this one|
|Dry creek bed|
|Not necessarily a natural surface but certainly|
has been altered by natural forces
|The peeling paint is a perfect surface to try out|
some crackle paint
Even though it isn't a drawing or sketching, I thought that you all might be interested in it just the same.
It is a combination of plaster, joint compound, molding paste, acrylic paint and crackle paste.
Oh, not to mention the fabric that is underneath all of that - vintage lace, canvas, tulle and organza.
|6" x 8 1/2"|
|All of those crevices in the surface look|
just like the rocks, compacted soil and tree trunks in the
|I love the way that the fibers work their way up|
to the top after sanding the surface
|Lovely, unexpected surprises|
|I added crackle paste after I took most of the|
photos above. I may go back and add more.
I hope that you've enjoyed the trip through my "natural surface" photo album.
And the beginnings of a new piece of art work - a triptych that will be based on one of the sweetest spots in Nature that I know of.