Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Sketching: UNI Campus

As many of you know I have an Autistic son.  He's joyful, fun, and filled with love, but that doesn't mean as his primary carer he and I don't need a break from each other occasionally.  I have a lovely person who comes and spends time with him every now and again, and for that I am very grateful.  Thomas is high energy and needs a lot of love and focus, so it's important for me to take time out to spend with my 9yo daughter.

Over the summer months, Megan and I load up our bikes with sketching supplies and head out into the beautiful Cedar Falls area.  The University of Northern Iowa is a favorite sketching location of ours and we spend many joyful hours in each others company capturing the beauty of the campus gardens.  This sketch is the western corner of one of the many green-houses littered around the campus.  We liked the spot where we sat, so we sketched whatever was in our range of view.  It was a beautiful day, although a little breezy and that made for fast drying paint and fluttering pages...all part of the experience.

I try to do a lot of fun stuff with both my kids, but the quiet moments Megan and I share, sitting on little stools, sketching and painting our world is by far the most joyful.  We chat about amazing subjects and I am forever fascinated at the workings of her mind...or we sit in utter silence, with no need to interrupt the music of nature.  In-situ nature sketching is an experience not to be missed, so I encourage you to grab a sketchbook and get outside.

Thanks for stopping by. xx