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This World is in Your Eyes
Individually, every single person walking this earth has their own thoughts, their own feelings, and emotions. The beauty in that, is that we all have our own eyes of which to view this world as well. The only problem, is that far to often we can forget to look up. To actually see it.
To write about nature, is to write about a moment in time that you are choosing to stop and observe. A moment that you may not want to let go of write away. My challenge to you will be this... grab a pen and paper, and take a walk outside. Pick a place that you would like to sit for a little while, and just start out by observing your surroundings. Let yourself generate thoughts, ideas, but most importantly... let yourself be able to feel something.
Watch the trees and how the wind blows the leaves, count the cracks in the bark and think of all the years that it has been placed on this earth. Imagine all the stores of weather that it has been through, and the beauty in the fact that it is still standing before you. Watch the way the water flows and rages, fully take it how it makes your insides feel, as if you are raging on the inside and allow yourself to feel (if you are around a body of water). Watch the stillness of a meadow or flatland and consider what it would be like if there was a city placed on top of it, but then understand that if there was, you would never be able to capture its truest form. Let yourself be able to take it all in. Look around to see if there are any animals, and observe their behaviors.
"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it!" - Kurt Vonnegut
To many, the art of drawing can be intimidating. "What if it looks bad?", "What if I can't draw that?", "But I've never drawn before"
I believe that it is important to let yourself feel the moment as you are trying to apply it to paper. Open up your soul and feel its beauty right in front of you. To draw nature, is to slow down for a little bit. It's being in the moment, and it can set balance to your life.
No drawing is a bad drawing, no matter the critic. It is an opportunity to humble yourself in the beauty that surrounds you every day. It doesn't take much time, so no matter how busy your schedule, you only need about 20 minutes of your time a day. If you start it one day, you don't have to finish it that day. You can think of it as the process of your life, it is a work in progress.