Seeds for the Next Generation

Autumn is the season of trees here in the Northeast. It’s not only the vibrant foliage that makes it so, but also the magnificent structure of trunks and branches revealed as the leaves fall. And then there are all those seeds dropping to the ground—so much promise for regeneration; so much sustenance for wildlife preparing for winter. This piece celebrates that promise, while also marking the one-year anniversary of the release of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook. In many ways, the book is my attempt to sow seeds of wonder and enthusiasm for nature with the next generation. I’m grateful for the positive reviews it has gotten, new doors and relationships it has opened, and a ranking in the top 400 drawing books for kids on Amazon. To be sure, books on drawing Pokemon, Anime, unicorns and mermaids far outsell it. But perhaps that makes it all the more needed.

As always, thanks for your support.

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16 Comments on “Seeds for the Next Generation

  1. I LOVE everything about this spread and the whole intent/concept of your book!!! What a wonderful “mission” and gift to future generations. 🙂

  2. I was hoping for a pumpkin patch today. But it’s still a nice drawing. Lol

  3. Finding shriveled leaves and plants are wonderful subjects to sketch. But finding nuts and seed pods are like finding little treasures. We have mostly oaks. But this spread reminds me that these little gems should share the spotlight. Thank you for sharing your appreciation for them in your art.

    • I am often on the lookout for different trees and pick up seed pods when I can. Fortunately there’s a good diversity right in our yard, and more in the village nearby. Parks and cemeteries are also good places to look.

  4. Georgous, as always. And that locust! I’m going to have to revisit your palette colors……I know you use fewer than I do, but you work magic with yours.

  5. The locust is mostly ultramarine and alizarin crimson, with some alizarin and burnt umber as well. Alizarin and umber make a nice maroon. But as you see, you can get a good variety by varying the mixes.

  6. Your seeds are absolutely pregnant with life, Jean! And I agree, the prevalence of those “other books” makes yours all the more valuable.

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