Monday, August 03, 2009

Where it all began...





This is my 200th post - a milestone. When I began to draw, it was my garden that gave me both inspiration and courage. I wanted to simply draw the flowers that were blooming each week during our short growing season. These were just done in my day journal using some old colored pencils that I found in a craft box. I also wanted to try using simple line drawings to illustrate my journals. Flowers were generally willing to stand still and pose, they were non-judgmental, and forgiving. And as I began to draw, I began to see, and then I began to look - to really look at shape and form and pattern. I discovered the rhythm and flow of looking and drawing, looking and drawing. The more I looked, the more I saw. That was in the summer of 2006.

In 2007, I joined the EDM group and began doing the weekly challenges. I began that summer to draw garden grids in an actual sketchbook.

This summer, the garden is spectacular and lush. It stills the clamor and soothes my soul and inspires my drawing. Between the garden and the drawing, I find peace and rejuvenation.


17 comments:

Sandy said...

Here Here I love EDM too - and congrtulations on 200 terrific posts and a great addition to the group!!

nanke's stuff said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. I love your little paintings. They're delicate and beautiful. Well done! nancy

Shirley said...

Congratulations! It has been great fun following your journey and I look forward to many more beautiful flowers.

Alex said...

200 is a lot! Congratulations and these are beautiful flowers!

Dan Kent said...

Congratulations on the big 2-0-0! The drawings remain spirited and vibrant even at their bicentennial!

Alissa said...

Congratulations on a great journey. It is amazing how one thing can lead to another! You have lovely drawings

Phyllis said...

You really captured the geranium leaf - well done...and so RIGHT to celebrate a 200th posting milestone with flowers. congratulations

Ann said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! And all so nicely done. Your blog and art are always a bright spot in my day :-)

Florence's Art said...

Congratulations on posting your 200th. I really enjoy your work.

bendelachanal said...

Yes, congratulations, for the 200 posts, the drawings, the writing.
You said it so well, looking, drawing, looking, seeing, drawing...

seesue said...

Hurrah for alter ego's, hurrah for EDM, and Hurrah for YOU!

Aurileide Alves said...

Oh boy! 200 hundred! Wish I can do this some day! Loved your word and can´t wait to see the whole garden in here. Hugs from Brazil!

Aurileide Alves said...

Thanks Lynn for your lovely comment on my blog. Hope we can share some drawing soon... till there I have lots of sketches to do and catch the guys from the list... and hugs from the sunny Fortaleza - CearĂ¡ - Brazil.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Congratulations on your 200th post!

Margaret Ann said...

Congrats on #200...Living in the desert I love hearing about your lush garden...now you have a lush garden of blog entries to enjoy also! :)

EWian said...

Well done! 200 that is a mile stone! Looking forward to the next 200 posts!

EWian

Doug said...

Hi Cordelia.

I enjoyed viewing your sketches and reading Thursday's blog comments. Very impressive work, indeed.

Three cheers for your 200th post!!

Like my wife, you are a true Earth Mother Goddess.