I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir
And that was us. We had been noticing the dogwood blossoms for a full week as we went back and forth, in and out of the neighborhood. The pink dogwoods, across the street at the park, called to us to stop and enjoy. So, late one afternoon, after the yard chores, we walked up to the front of the neighborhood.
And we looked up close at the dogwood blossoms. These that had started to fade already. We enjoyed the glorious spring day. Walked back home and stayed out until sundown. Because the days are growing longer and the mosquitoes have not quite caught up with us yet.
Spring came early in our part of the world this year. A full three to four weeks early as far as perennials and flowering trees go.
We sure are enjoying our pastel trays. They are easy to pull out and place for everyone to reach the colors.
We pulled out the chalk pastels and we sketched. The sketching made us notice even more. Look at the little curve on the end of each petal. The lines of color each petal holds. The varying shades of green!
Nana came after work that day and we asked her to show us how she would create a pink dogwood blossom. We watched as she started with dark purple and she layered colors to create the depth of each petal.
Next, the blending of pink to fill in the colors. Adding details as Nana did, using a darker pink. Adding in the various greens of the dogwood center. Plus choosing a color for a background, filling it in and blending or ‘fisting’. Remember to add the details you notice to make your dogwood blossom your own.
So, do you see? First our eyes were open to the blossoms, then we went for a walk to investigate. Finally, our sketching helped us appreciate the details and notice even more.
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver