Below you’ll find some favorite quotes that inspire me when out in the field sketching in my journal.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
“In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ”
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail ”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful”
“Keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
“Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery”
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
“The fire. The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance on the face of the earth, in my honest judgment; I doubt if all the smoking censers of Dante’s paradise could equal it. One breath of juniper smoke, like the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes in magical catalysis, like certain music, the space and light and clarity and piercing strangeness of the American West. Long may it burn.”
“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.”
Here’s my painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of my favorite artists of the 20th century, with her vibrant oil paintings of flowers. A while back, I was on a trip to Costa Rica and was inspired to paint the beautiful Lobster Claw Heliconia flowers found in the gardens of my lodge.
I incorporated a favorite quote from Georgia to complete the journal page below.
“Nobody sees a flower really…it is so small we haven’t time. And to see, takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”