A STROLL THROUGH NATURE can feel like traveling through tapestries woven with fabulous fabrics and threads pulled from fringes of the environment.
Casting its spell at every corner, nature as art comes to mind when searching for a word that begins with "N". Swirling patterns snake through muted browns dabbed with green. Creatures (can anyone spot a real snake in the picture above?) blend into the scenery ...
and plantlife, like this caterpillar look-alike, model animal forms.
From floating charcoal grays to sunset bolds, every angle, shape and color takes us on a different magic carpet ride. The photo above of a September sky over Kwomais Point Park reminds me of a fingerpainting.
Whether gazing up at clouds or down at the art plastered to a road ...
nature leaves us starstruck with its range of colors and fleeting patterns.
Contrasting this carefully arranged collection of lovely shells glued on a car with the scattered shells below shows ...
brushing color onto canvas or molding sculptures out of clay rarely achieves the effortless symmetry of nature's random designs.
Whether viewed from near or far, nature's brushstrokes are messy, fluid and never contrived.
The haphazard compositions are appealing despite the clashes of textures and conflicting splashes of warm and cold palettes. Not surprisingly, the natural world beyond art is also a masterpiece of contradictions. As poet Horace expressed in ancient Roman times, "Nature is harmony in discord."
Artists throughout time have tried to replicate and also interpret nature with their own styles to convey their enchantment. American artist Milton Avery once said: "Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms."
Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms
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