At the beginning of the year I unveiled my plan to share some of my sketches with you as I learn how to draw. This is to make up for not writing quite as many posts so that I can spend time working on some other projects. It also serves as a great motivator to actually draw, which isn’t something I do very often. Turns out that if you want to get better at something, you actually have to do it.
To help me in my quest, I collected a few books. Some are instructional and others simply feature inspirational artwork. I’ve included links to a few of these books with my drawings below. If you have any books you would like to recommend, particularly a book that has helped you learn to draw, please let me know in the comment section below.
And now on to my dumb drawings…
Sketch of an old tree inspired by a drawing in Clare Walker Leslie’s book, Drawn to Nature
Sketch of agave in bloom inspired by an image on the back of some guy’s shirt at Treefort Music Fest
Sketch of a tiny tuft of grass I was trying to identify. It’s still a bit of a mystery.
I spent this past weekend camping with friends near Grangeville, Idaho. I was attending the annual meeting of the Idaho Native Plant Society. Meetings in the boring sense of the word occurred, but they were brief. The bulk of the weekend consisted of long hikes on guided field trips. This post is a pictorial tour of a small fraction of the plants I saw on the Coolwater Ridge Lookout trail which is located in the Bitterroot Mountains – my first of two all-day field trips. From where we were hiking we could look down at the canyon where the Selway River was fixing to meet the Lochsa River to form the middle fork of the Clearwater River. This is a part of Idaho that is basically too beautiful for words. At some point I will have more to say about this particular location, but for now here are a handful of semi-decent photos I took while on the hike.
A view from Coolwater Ridge. Looking down at the Selway River canyon.
Erythronium grandiflorum – yellow glacier lily
Leptosiphon nuttallii – Nuttall’s linanthus
Polemonium pulcherrimum – Jacob’s-ladder
Sambucus racemosa – red elderberry
Phlox diffusa – spreading phlox
Ribes viscosissimum – sticky currant
Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatutus – Columbia groundsel
Synthyris platycarpa – Idaho kittentails
Vaccinium scoparium – grouse whortleberry
Viola glabella – pioneer violet
Cheilanthes feei – Fee’s lipfern
Stay tuned for photos from the second of two field trips. In the meantime, go outside and see some nature.