“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe

One of the most powerful ways to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world is through the simple act of drawing.

It makes no difference whether one is an “artist” or not.   The primary goal of doing field sketches is to make a personal record of what is being SEEN.  This act of taking time to patiently SEE the natural world sparks insights into the “hows” and “whys” of nature’s design evolution.  Drawing also serves as a form of quiet meditation that expands the mind and opens one’s consciousness to the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

If you are interested in hitting the trail with your sketchbook and joining Christina for a sketch hike, send her an email at  cjn@apoidea-apiary.com. She’ll put you on a list to give you notice when and where the next outing will be. About once every month or two, she explores locations around the Pittsburgh Metro Area. As a beekeeper, her particular interest is recording the seasonal bloom cycles of bee-beneficial plants and drawing their flora during the warm months. In winter, when blooms are scarce, she shifts her focus to sketching nectar-yielding tree species when their structural forms are beautiful in their purity.


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