Drawing to Remind Me of Where I’ve Been

6 Sep 2012

I've always thought of art as a bit of a touchstone for really great memories in life. A few months ago I was reminded of this when I went for a visit to Scotland because, while I have snapshots galore to show for my trip, the one item that really prompts my memories of my time there is a little flower drawing of Scottish thistles that I picked up along the way.

Can you imagine having this drawing as a memento of your travels? I'd love it! Seed Flower by Sarah Horowitz, drawing on antique paper, 16 x 12, 2009.
Can you imagine having this drawing as a
memento of your travels? I'd love it!
Seed Flower
by Sarah Horowitz, drawing on
antique paper, 16 x 12, 2009.
This humble little drawing--flowers in ink with a few color washes--made me realize that art can be evocative and personal if you use it the right way. It isn't just a finished paining in a frame on the wall that counts. Art comes in many forms and we can use it to make our own artistic memories.

For me, I could use my Scottish thistle flower drawing to inspire an entire series of sketches of where I've been. Or, I've also thought about learning how to draw flowers that are native to my home state and making sketches of them on antique-looking paper, framing them, and giving them as a gift to my mother. And then there's the possibility of making my own postcards, too.

A page from the sketchbook of George Dionysius Ehret, 1748.
A page from the sketchbook of
George Dionysius Ehret, 1748.

So on my next trip I've made a promise to myself that I am going to make time to seek out the natural beauty of the area and make my own version of the Scottish thistle drawing, based on whatever flora I see around me. Maybe I'll take it further and incorporate it into a studio piece and maybe the work will stay a sketch, but the importance to me is bring art-making closer to my day to day life.

Botanical Sketchbook is an amazing flower drawing collection that I learn a lot from every time I open it because it is an artist's personal journey with her art. Inspirational and a handy resource in one! Enjoy!

 


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MeeraRao wrote
on 11 Sep 2012 12:01 AM

So true, Courtney! I am in India taking care of my mother - in- law. I have been here since july and have two more months to go.  I have been keeping a simple sketchbook of daily vignettes each about 2.5" x 4". I am a month behind in posting them in my blog even though I religiously sketch every day. You can see them at:  www.artbymeera.blogspot.com.  Since deciding to sketch everyday though for this trip, I am seeing the country/ my town with new sketching eyes :) I sketch whatever catches my fancy, but trying to focus on one thing like botanicals also sounds like a great idea !