“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.” -Andy Goldsworthy
But, how do you draw it?!
As anyone who has stared at a wintry scene knows, winter poses a unique set of drawing dilemmas and opportunities.
Some of the hurdles were identified by Harvard students and faculty during ‘Drawn to Science’ and ‘Drawn to the Landscape’ courses I led in January. Thanks to the enthusiasm and curiosity of those students, I had a great excuse to go looking for specific answers. I mined reference books and online resources, and have come up with recommendations for how to meet these winter sketching challenges.
Here’s what we were grappling with in Petersham, Mass. Please do feel free to share more suggestions and references in the comments!
Drawing trees in a forest of trees
Drawing trees, branches, rocks, fences, and other things with snow piled on them.
What do the invention of watercolor, one-point perspective, and the rubber eraser have to do with the history of science?
And what does any of that have to do with learning to sketch?
Last week, nearly 20 people joined me to explore the answers to these questions. We made a hands-on dash through the history of art and science. In addition to an illustrated talk that highlighted both artistic and science technology advances through the ages, we explored a wide range of sketching techniques that even non-artists can use. Even the skeptics in the group were sketching by the end (scroll down for details). Continue reading “Drawn to (natural) History”
Insects, that is, and he writes haiku about them. He also works at McGill, and runs a blog called Lyman Entomological Museum, which is a delightful collection of musings about life as an entomologist. He recently posted a piece called “to a young naturalist” which proposes a required reading list for a budding researcher/naturalist much broader than text books and field guides.
He writes that a snapshot of his field camp library “was a nice little microcosm of General Life Advice to the Young Academic Naturalist.”
Wheeler’s insights, derived from fundamentals such as A Naturalist’s Field Guide to the Artic and the much less obvious Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird, encompass many of the lessons I try to share with clients and colleagues working in science and sustainability.