the trees have eyes

October 28, 2019

In the category of “do something that scares you,” I signed up for an online nature journaling and drawing class. I’m looking for ways to be more engaged with my birdwatching, and also to practice art — I haven’t really done anything with the visual arts since I was a teenager. So, I’m dipping my toes in.  It’s been a little frustrating and slow going — the class started in early October, the same month that I had trips/conventions for three weekends and I’m on deadline for a novel revision. And the weather turned utterly crappy, so I haven’t been able to get outside to actually, you know, nature journal.  But slow going is still going, and my backyard is pretty cool. The juncos are back at my feeder, so some time this week I hope to sit by the window with a cup of tea and my sketchbook and see what I can record.

One of the points of the class is that through observing, journaling, and sketching, you’ll notice things that you wouldn’t otherwise. By taking time to really observe, and really look at and record details, you’ll see things you wouldn’t by just taking a photo and moving on.

For example, I did a sketch of some of the aspen trees in my backyard. And discovered that my aspens have eyes. This whole time they’ve had them. I can’t not see it now.

 

One Response to “the trees have eyes”

  1. Jared Moloshok Says:

    Fun related anecdote: my older sister first read The Lord of the Rings a couple of years before the movies. After those came out, she mentioned to me that she didn’t imagine the Eye of Sauron as a physical presence, but a much more insidious one hidden in the environs of any given scene in the book; she used the eye-shaped markings on tree trunks to illustrate her point.

    The title of your post also reminds me I have yet to watch The Hills Have Eyes


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