My daughter recently sent me a quote that really moved me:

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild. … We can never have enough of nature.      ~Henry David Thoreau

Does this kid know me, or what?  I pondered on the quote for some days to gather my thoughts as to what type of artwork I’d like to create to accompany it. Then I happened to see this terrific image at Picture This and I couldn’t resist bringing this little guy to life in my watercolor journal.

I used Derwent standard watercolor pencils and got some help from a new Micron .005 pen (It makes me happy that I’ve already used up one of these!) for a bit of definition.    I’m enjoying florals more and more, and hope to decorate more artwork with these.   Wildflowers and wildlife….what more can I ask for?    Terrific way to spend a Sunday afternoon, while watching my Birds trounce a division rival.

I hope you had a terrific weekend, and are planning something great for this one coming up!    Stop and smell a few wildflowers today.     It’s the best kind of soul food going!    And no need to preheat an oven 😉.  Enjoy your week.

51 thoughts on “Wildness

  1. Oh Laura! I must comment, but I am so enjoying soaking in that beautiful quote (that is so you!) and my jaw is still hanging open looking at the beautiful artwork!!!! Just amazing!!

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  2. Your messages are always so inspiring and upbeat. Love that quote – and your daughter and you must have a wonderfully close bond. Your squirrel is adorable – so sweet! Lovely and illustrative. I can see this squirrel in a children’s book, very Beatrice Potter!

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  3. Your posts always make me stop and think and I thank you for that. It is good to pause in this busy world. So enjoyed today’s quote and your adorable squirrel! And your poppy flowers are lovely! I like how you used the black pen to add some definition too. 😊

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