I've always wanted to be able to draw. I mostly wanted to be able to put down on paper the ideas I can see in my mind but I also wanted to be able to draw a tree. I always thought that if someone could draw a tree then they were a pretty good artist because I think trees seem hard to draw. Inspired by Lori's drawing lessons that I have featured on The Crafty Crow, I've been practicing a lot lately. I finished this tree drawing this evening and I have to say I am pretty darn pleased with it. I see places for improvement but for my first real effort I'm satisfied.
The kids and I have begun keeping nature journals so consequently we're spending more time looking at the shapes and lines of trees and rocks and water movement at the river. I pulled out Keeping A Nature Journal that's been sitting on my shelf forever and it has been a practical help as well as an inspirational one. Besides suggestions on observing nature and how to get started journaling, it has basic drawing lessons and exercises that I have found extremely helpful.