Saturday, June 16, 2012

2/365: On Art & Nature

Today I made...

this discovery

on my morning walk with my pup.
It's some sort of seed pod from one of the many old trees in my neighborhood. It was the only one of its kind in the grass, and I've never seen one like it before. The bright orange caught my eye and I was instantly drawn to the color contrasts and the symmetry of it. I love the way the light reflects off the shiny black surface of the seeds.

Nature is so good at making the simple seem beautiful. Nature inspires. This little find makes me want to paint with orange or design a funky ring. Art is in nature. Art is in the noticing.

I must always pay attention to what draws me to things: their colors, textures, shapes, patterns. This can inform my art. Noticing what we're drawn to brings us closer to finding our voice as creators.

"If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable."  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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