img_7868I had the good fortune to cross paths with Peter Loewer yesterday. Peter is a well-known and respected author, artist and teacher and an inspirational example of the value of nature illustration, (that I’m only now slowly understanding and appreciating.)  SAM has been raving about his classes and I was able to sit in for one. As we were cleaning up he let me create an abstract humorous portrait before throwing me out…

One of the great benefits of drawing is quiet observation (similar for some types of poetry.)  I spent a lot of time as a child in the woods.   I found and have come to understand the fireworkspowerful lessons of life are all there.  The fallen logs, the moss, the fern spouts, the birds and bats, and the bugs under rocks.  In order to draw their inspiration and you must study their forms and think.  Peter has been doing this for years and helping others share the beauty.  We are all part of nature and eventually will happily return there.
As I grab my pen, cue the fireworks…