Ink, marker and watercolor on mat board
Wow! It has been too long since I have participated in Illustration Friday and I am having serious withdrawal. I may have to commit to another 1 year goal to make sure that I stay motivated to keep it up.
This is just a quick one this week, but it had me thinking about the zen of being at one with nature. Nature and I have a love hate relationship. I consider myself something of a nature girl, but become literally depressed when things don't grow and flourish in the ways I envision. We have had terrible drought conditions here in Texas for at least four of the six years that we have been back. I have had very little success at growing anything. OK, in reality I have a black thumb. My husband commented on it just yesterday when I was fondling the plants in the garden department at Lowe's. But despite my general ineptitude with growing things, I have always been happiest outside, breathing in fresh country air. And I like to think that I will eventually get better at nurturing nature, if I just keep at it. (And don't forget to water)
I remember being particularly concerned about the state of the natural world a couple of years ago when I heard that bees were disappearing. Apparently a bee virus was decimating bee colonies, but they seem to be making a comeback. I am still pretty upset about the fact that I haven't seen a firefly in several years. No one really knows what has happened there. But on the positive side, ground dwelling birds have returned to East Texas. I have been seeing road runners and killdeer again for several seasons now. Apparently the fire ants are finally finding a balance. That is the thing about nature, isn't it? It always finds balance. How Zen!