Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Geometry in Nature

Here are two Everyday Matters challenges. This week's challenge #166, Draw a fish and two older challenges, #31, something you collect, combined with #78, draw a souvenir. These are both done with graphite in my small hand.book journal.

(I know I skipped last week's challenge #165, which was to draw the front of your house. When I had the time during daylight hours, it rained. I am not willing to work from a photograph for these challenges as my purpose in doing these is to gain practice drawing from life. So I will do a drawing of the front of my house when weather and time permits. I promise.)
So that is how I came to draw the shell. Wanting very much to do some drawing in my small journal I grabbed this shell figuring it must fit some challenge. I do collect shells. Although not an organized collection I have a lot of them. And they are souvenirs of sunny beach days.The starfish happened to be the closest fish-like thing I had available to draw. I really enjoyed drawing these objects from nature. So much so that now I'm thinking of doing some kind of series. Last fall we did a unit on 'geometry in nature' in our little homeschool. Kiddo and I spent an entire morning walking around the yard looking through our jeweler's loops finding triangles in spider webs, rectangular shapes in the structure of leaves, star shapes, ovals and circles in flowers. It was fascinating.

16 comments:

Susan's Scribbles said...

These are terrific sketches! Really love 'em!

Lisalou said...

God makes the nices shapes! Love the starfish!
Lisa

Jennifer Rose said...

lovely textured starfish!
Doing things like that with kids, home schooled or not, really does help them remember things and make them enjoy learning. :)

Margaret Ann said...

The starfish rocks...great values and shadows too! :)

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I think you should do a nature study series for sure -- you really are very good at it!

Genxster said...

Wow! That starfish is great. You really got those textures.

PamYla said...

Both are aw3some, I love the starfish

Rita said...

These are fantastic sketches Ann! I too like the starfish and the texture you achieved with that one.

I'm sure the warmer, drier weather will be here soon to help you out with the outdoor sketching! :)

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

These are lovely. The starfish is great!

SCquiltaddict said...

LOVELY sketches....

Lynn said...

The starfish is simply wonderful. The details and texture is marvelous.

Jennifer Lawson said...

I'm with everyone else—love the starfish! Absolutely beautiful drawing.

Shelly McC said...

Gorgeous!

MILLY said...

Lovely drawing, so interesting to look at. Yes it is all the shapes that makes nature so fascinating.

dawn said...

Love the starfish. Great job!

Ann said...

Thank you!
and a big thanks to all of you for stopping by :)

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