I love trees, always have, I can’t walk by one without looking up its spine, and as a kid couldn’t walk by without climbing up one either, and have the scrapes and scars to how for it.
Biologists, ecologists, foresters, and naturalists increasingly argue that trees speak, and that humans can learn to hear this language. (If only we would listen…) They speak constantly, even if quietly, communicating above and underground using sound, scents, signals, and vibes. They’re naturally networking, connected with everything that exists, including you. There’s a fascinating article on how “Plants use acoustic vibes to find a drink”
Literary and musical history is speckled with references to the songs of trees, and the way they speak: whispering pines, falling branches, crackling leaves, the steady hum buzzing through the forest. Human artists have always known on a fundamental level that trees talk, even if they don’t quite say they have a “language.”
Have you not walked in the woods and head the murmur in the canopy, stood under a tree in early spring and heard the soft crackle of a new leaf bud bursting out, or the whistling and rustling of leaves in the wind, and wondered!
Read more on this in Euphrates Livni’s article here.
Have you heard of Inktober ? For more info and how to participate check out Jake Parker, the creator of #Inktober. It’s a fun challenge, the guidelines are simple and another way to get a daily sketching habit going.
It does involve pen and ink. I like sketching directly in watercolor without any pen or pencil drawing for guidelines. So though I’d heard of Inktober a few years ago, I’d never really done the challenge before. Then I saw my friend Yukari’s #inktober sketches on instagram She’s added watercolor to her #Inktober sketches and is inspiring her students to participate in this challenge.
I thought why not… so Yukari, thanks to you, here goes… I may be late getting started, but I’ll try to keep it going all through this month.
My First Inktober…Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, or should I say gourds.
It’s now October and Fall is in the air, you can feel it in the mild chill of the early morning sun, the slight turning in the foliage from the bright greens to the muted tones and even some yellowing leaves on a few shrubs and vines, although the bright orange, reds and purple hues are yet to come…anticipation!
Pumpkins seem to prop up everywhere – in garden patches, on lawns and doorsteps, in grocery carts and even on my kitchen table. So I’ll start this post with a quick sketch of these fabulous gourds.