Be Near Nature And Change Your Life

Originally posted on Plants and Beyond:
~ Have you ever felt peace, rejuvenation, calmness when you find yourself next to Nature? ✨🌳☀️🌿✨ How about taking in the view of breathtaking greenery behind your window? The refreshing and relaxing effect of Green color making a positive effect on our brains. There is a multitude of scientific…

The Tree of Life: 17th century

  “This association with the Tree of Life in Revelations is reinforced by the curling grape vine wrapped around the trunk of the tree, which is symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the promise of eternal life.” TheMet     This unique image of a miraculous tree bearing multiple species of fruits and vegetables…

Maria Sibylla Merian and Natural History

Who Is Maria Sibylla Merian? Artist, scientist, mother, rule breaker extraordinaire… Maria Sibylla Merian’s life story is filled with curious details. This German-born artist, botanist, naturalist, entomologist, and scientific illustrator lived during the 1700s in the Netherlands, where adherence to the guild system in Europe prevented women from painting in oil.[3] Consequently, Merian painted with…

Lessons from Nature with Wassily, William, and Luda

This poem by William Wordsworth reminds us why we need to unplug, venture out, and notice the gifts of nature. The Tables Turned By William Wordsworth   Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; Or surely you’ll grow double: Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; Why all this toil and trouble?  …

LEAF CRAFT – Plants and Beyond

  Originally posted on Moda-Creative thinking: These leaves look amazing. What a work of art. Happy Friday, dear friends. Luda@PlantsandBeyond🌿 All photographs belong to Moda Creative Thinking Blog. ©PlantsandBeyond.com 🌱 Moda-Creative thinking View original post via LEAF CRAFT — Plants and Beyond   Visit their sites to see many more leaf paintings. ~ At Sunnyside 🙂

David Kitler and Messages Mothers Give Children

  “God is an amazing designer. The closer you look, the more there is to see…“ quote from David Kitler I have a large collection of vintage nature prints on my computer and a smaller collection of originals on my walls — most are by artists long passed away, but remembered for their amazing work….

How to Draw Birds: Draw Realistic Animals

Originally posted on Max Mallie's Blog:
Nuthatch I by David Kitler Wherever you live, you likely don?t live alone. Not when you consider the birds in your backyard or the pigeons on the sidewalk or seagulls cawing at you if you live along the coast. Birds are a constant companion for many of us…

Maria Sibylla Merian: Illustrated Understanding by Devi Norton

Recently, there is conversation in our office about the importance of hand drawing, more specifically, the ability to understand the environment around us through its practice. I have always been fascinated by scientific illustrations as they seem to portray the quest for understanding told through rendering. One illustrator and naturalist that uniquely displays this is […]….

Perpetual Nature Journal Joys

Originally posted on Practical Pages:
Last year I introduced you to Lara Gastiger and her inspiring nature journals and beautiful botanical artwork. Recently I read Anne’s interview with Lara Gastiger on My Giant Strawberry  – A Sketchbook Conversation.  Here’s how Lara describes her perpetual nature journal ~ “I encourage everyone to obtain a blank journal that is a portable size and proceed…