We say it every year and I’m going to say it again – I cannot believe that 2022 is coming to an end in just about two weeks!
A lot of wonderful stuff has happened to me this year and one of those things is the wildflower project that I began in January 2022. I wrote a piece about it earlier this year and while I meant to write more about it as the year passed, it just didn’t happen. Nevertheless, as an entire year of the project comes to an end, I wanted to look back and reflect and share with you what I have learned through this Wildflower Sketchbook Project.
When I began this project, I wasn’t sure I would find enough wildflowers to fill up an entire sketchbook. But as it turns out, I was so wrong! Throughout the year, I have not been short of wildflowers to add to my sketchbook; I have actually not managed to record many species simply because I did not have the time.
This project has helped deepen my appreciation of nature as I have learned how plants adapt to difficult conditions to thrive; it has helped expand my knowledge as I dive deeper into botany and most of all, it has helped me to learn about the local flora of where I live, a topic on which there are few resources for laypersons.
The project has given my days direction; it has given my art more meaning and I feel intensely satisfied with my work. That is no small blessing.
So what are my future plans with this project? A few months back I had thought I would start a completely new sketchbook on a new topic but now, I feel like there is still a lot left for me to study and record when it comes to wildflowers. So, in 2023, I hope to continue to study wildflowers and keep recording them in my sketchbook. I also have plans to turn some of these studies into paintings for an exhibit - it's just a germ of an idea at the moment and let's see how things pan out. More on that later.
I also wrote an article on wildflowers for Round Glass Sustain and illustrated it too. You can check out the latter here (there’s a link to the story there as well).
As always, thank you for reading and for being here.
See you in the new year!