Work on a Blooming Stem

Okay, enough studying! It's time to try drawing a blooming stem. For your first subject, you'll want to look at buds, seeds, and stems, and decide what you'd like to draw. Once you've picked out a subject, use the drawing checklist that appears on the tear-out reference card in the front of the book, and get to work.

As the season progresses, look at seeds, pods, berries, nuts, cones ... anything you can find in your garden or any other garden, and draw those, too. The more you draw, remember, the more practice you get. Eventually, the shapes and forms will be remembered by your hand, familiar and easy to execute.

The eye that sees is the I experiencing itself in what it sees. It becomes self-aware and realizes that it is an integral part of the great continuum of all that is. It sees things such as they are.

—Frederick Frank

Your flower drawings can include all the winged visitors to your garden and a mix of seashells around the pots or along the paths. Chinese and Japanese nature art has always included butterflies, insects, and seashells to compliment the flowers and foliage, and you can do this, too. Add what you see in your garden, from butterflies and hummingbirds in northern gardens to snakes and lizards on tropical patios.

A variety of blooming stems.

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