Tag Archives: nature

Go Wild!

27 Jan

Title:  Wild Self

Medium: Digital Art

Call me a total geek, but this is just cool.  I know it’s geared for kids, but who cares?  The New York Zoos and Aquarium’s “Build Your Wild Self” site is really fun to use.  The backgrounds have animation and sound effects, and the graphics are pretty cool.  It’s a good starting place for getting kids interested in wildlife and the environment.  And who hasn’t always dreamed of having a chameleon tail or butterfly wings?  C’mon, now.  You know you wanna…   🙂



26 Jan

Title: Grow

Medium:  Digital Flipbook

I’m all about crazy weird digital stuff I can do online.  This blog has given me reasons to search for things I can create from my computer.  I have always been a huge fan of flipbooks, ever since I was little.  Several days ago I thought to myself that there must be a website where people can make their own digital flipbooks.  And there is.   BenettonPlay has an awesome flipbook feature, as well as several other neat, interactive things.  I haven’t tried them all yet, but I plan to.  Also, I plan to make more flipbooks, as this one was dead easy and really fun to do.  Summer on the brain, much?  🙂

Penguins and Cicadas

18 Jan

Title:  Families

Medium:  Origami

Today I made a mama and baby penguin, as well as a family of cicadas.  Both patterns were in one of my old origami books.  Though I have made penguins many a time, the cicadas were new for me.  I especially enjoyed making them with metallic papers.  🙂  Origami cicadas = fun and pretty.  Real cicadas = CREEPY.

Happy heart, and stuff.

16 Jan

Title:  Heart

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application)

I really like using the “crayon” tool in the Windows 7 Paint application.  Since I regularly use real crayons, I suppose this is no surprise.  🙂  I wanted to do something bright, colorful, and with a sort of airy freshness.  It’s a bright, sunny day, and even though there’s snow on the ground I’m thinking of bright green growing things.

Mouse and Tiger

15 Jan

Title:  Mouse and Tiger

Medium:  Oil pastel and pencil on plain sketch paper

I have been reading “Not Always So” by Shunryu Suzuki, and came across the line that you can see written in small print around the mouse’s tail.  “A tiger catches a mouse with his whole strength.”  In other words, the tiger makes no judgment about how much of himself to employ in the catching of the mouse.  He is a tiger, wholly and completely, and catches the tiny mouse with the same tigerness with which he catches a water buffalo.  Shunryu Suzuki’s message is the significance of being wholly oneself, without making judgments and measuring how much of one’s self to give.

Snow day!

12 Jan

Title:  Window View – Winter

Medium:  Pencil on plain white sketch paper

This is the view from my living-room couch, out of my favorite window.  Today we are having a fantastic snow storm, so everything is in shades of brown and gray, and increasingly buried under fluffy whiteness.  The key objects in this view are the wooden birdhouse, which is attached to an old railroad tie, and the tall lilac shrub next to it.  Out of view, beneath the window, is a flower bed that I have filled with perennials.  They bloom a little differently every year, but so far have needed no additional help from me.  In this sketch you can just see a few snow-covered, dried-up bergamot flower heads, cone-shaped and bent on their stalks in the biting wind.

I have an idea to do drawings from this same vantage point throughout the year, including some with color, to see how the view might change with the seasons.


11 Jan

Title:  One Clover and  a Bee

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application)

I seem to be in a flowers and purple mood these days (see yesterday’s purple lotus flower).  It may have something to do with the blustery, icy wind and the snow on the ground.  I started doodling on the Paint program on the computer tonight, and this flower and bumblebee appeared.  They remind me of my favorite Emily Dickinson poem.


To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.  – Emily Dickinson