You may wonder why I'm creating a new blog since Vickie Henderson Art is already an art and sketching blog. My answer, there's more to share. There's more to tell about the heart of sketching, why I love it, what it teaches me and what makes this intimate interaction with nature so peaceful, satisfying and healing.
All of that seemed enough of a variation on what I present here to launch a new blog. Here I blog about nature, the discoveries I experience through my camera's lens and how it all comes together to inspire art.
In Vickie's Sketchbook, a companion to this blog, I'll share more about making art from the inside out, that interaction with the heart that eventually allows the artist to pour all that is seen and felt onto paper. This isn't easy, by the way. Our heart's are shy. We often doubt ourselves and think we can't do it. In fact, I have yet to sit down in a "public" place and sketch nature in my sketchbook. Horror of horrors that someone might think I'm an artist and look over my shoulder!
Yes, I'm still shy, despite what it may seem. We all have hurdles to cross. Some cross them younger, some cross them later in life. But the hurdles are the same. In the past five years, I've piloted an ultralight (with a reassuring instructor), crawled around in the three-foot confines of a muddy cave, driven alone cross-country to participate in a wilderness writing retreat, all of them new and challenging experiences. And so you might ask, what's the big deal about sketching out in nature? I don't know. I'll let you know when I understand it!
Ocean Trail at Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, California--2015
Bird-banding at Seven Islands State Birding Park--2014
Photo courtesy of Jody Stone
Bird-banding at Seven Islands
Photo courtesy of Karen Wilkenson
Enjoying Gray Jays in Churchill!--2014
Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Expeditions
Smithsonian National Zoo with one of my Whooping Crane banners and son, John--2014
The Incredible Muir Woods near Stinson Beach, CA--2014
Photo courtesy of Wendy Pitts Reeves
Me and Denali--2012
Photo courtesy of Bob King
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals. Sendivogius (1750)
Your Uncapped Creativity...
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable. Nor how it compares with other expressions. It is for you to keep it yours, clearly and directly." ----the great dancer, Martha Graham