When nature offers variety, I get busy with drawing experiments.

I find interesting plants all around my Alaskan cabin studio. I only have to step outside the door, or take a short walk in the forest, to gather beautiful and complex things?to draw. Inspired by their abundance and variety, I get to work on drawing experiments to see which materials will best match their qualities. For?these shoots of horsetail fern, I used?silverpoint to suggest their delicate, powdery forms.


?Horsetail Ferns, silverpoint on prepared paper
?I also found bark, twigs, berries, feathers, an egg, and bits of nest.


Bog Blueberry,?ink and pastel pencil
Their many textures and shapes called out for several different media.

Birch Bark, graphite and white chalk
These experiments were all fun and relaxing. I will definitely be doing more silverpoint and mixed media drawings.
Nest, ink and watercolor


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