While I was in Cleveland to film the new season of Make It Artsy, I spent about an hour at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. While not an art museum, the Botanical Garden offers a great deal for an artist to take away. For me, the top two take aways are:
- Inspiration for drawing: leaves, flowers, animals, and more. I find myself especially drawn to plants, flowers, and animals that I don't often see around me at home.
- Color Palettes: Mother Nature is a wonderful artist and puts together fascinating combinations of colors that work in harmony.
It's tempting to scroll through all these photos and think, "How pretty." But, I encourage you to grab just ten minutes and see what you can come up with inspired by one or many of these photos. It doesn't have to be great art. Just something that processes the information jangling in your brain. Here's what I did in just ten minutes on an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock:
Can you guess which photo this painting is based on? It feels super obvious to me, but perhaps I've abstracted the image more than I realized...?
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