Plus WONDERFUl sketching opportunities! There is much more to our urban environment than buildings and people.
|I do quick on the spot gesture sketches and often add color as the birds stay around.|
|I make my own art supplies from things that grow in my little sanctuary...note the more practical dip pens on the right! I love accepting nature's gifts and incorporating them into my art.|
|My feeders are usually busier than this!|
|I learn a lot about my environment by sketching what I find...in this case, a woodpecker's burrow caused the limb to break off so I could see how the nest was made.|
|Birds DO move fast, but we can sketch their basic shapes, just like people in a cafe or airport terminal, and add color as we have the chance. I like to list the birds I see on any given day...|
|And record special events like this! A white tail deer chasing my cat through the woods. I was able to dash down their shapes as I watched, then added my familiar trees once they'd boogied on out of there...|
|Pilieated woodpeckers are making a comeback! I've sketched him several times...even on my feeder, though I was told this big bird doesn't come to feeders.|
|These guys are ALWAYS good for a laugh, as well as fast sketching practice. Here, mostly a Prismacolor dark grey pencil with washes added...|
|This kind of peanut feeder attracts a lot of birds...|
|I'm even doing a backyard Materia Medica of all the useful herbs and plants...|
|I've learned a terrific amount about what grows even here in town, and what benefits they offer.|
What nature can you find in YOUR urban environment? It's precious, and we are nourished by it.
There is a program that gives certification for this kind of effort from the National Wildlife Federation, well worth looking into if you are interested.
And enjoy this site, The Urban Wilderness, for more inspiration--one man's effort in Kansas City's populous Brookside area.