Sketches of Fall Life

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It’s always fun to sketch the seasons. I have done winter and summer sketches, spring, and fall. Yesterday I took my bike around the neighborhood and just sketched a few things I saw–ducks on a pond and a lone soccer ball deserted at a local park. It’s fun to ride around and see life—- stacked lounge chairs at the pool, closed for the season. Goldenrod and dried brown thistles blowing in the wind. Everywhere the season of change is in the air.

leaves

Last fall, I collected a group of leaves on the trail near my home. I brought them home and arranged them together, and sketched them. This sketch shows the finished result. It’s interesting to collect items from nature and study them more closely. I marvel at the veins of leaves—-so small and thin, such an important part of plant anatomy. When I sketch, I notice things I haven’t seen before. Drawing forces you to be a keen observer. The nuances of life speak to me and invite me to discover more. Always an adventure with sketching!

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