When out for a walk, I often find myself collecting little things. Could be an interesting leaf, a handful of acorn caps, or pinecones. A bird’s nest that fell out of the tree, a nut, or seedpods. Sometimes I pick them up because I think they’re interesting, or it could be that I’ll use them to refer to for color or size while painting. Whatever it is, they usually end up somewhere in the studio and just like a relief pitcher, they sit on the shelf until called up to service.
Right now, several apple leaves are scattered around my painting area for just this purpose. I like to paint from life as much as possible but it’s not always practical. I guess this is my way of bringing a little of nature into the studio.
From time to time, it’ll be for sentimental reasons. There’s almost always a tiny little pinecone from a Hemlock tree sitting on the edge of the easel. It’s there because it reminds me of my Dad and our walks through the woods. It’s also there as a tribute to my Grandpa and his beautifully shaped Hemlocks. I learned at a young age not to use one as “home” when playing hide and seek.
There’s no great reason for collecting these things, it’s just one of the little things that makes me…me.
Embrace the little things that make you…you! They are part of what makes you unique and wonderful!