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“To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.” – August Rodin

Remembering my promise to draw a blade of grass or two, I searched for worthy specimens of dried grass and worked a little each night before going to sleep. Missing the ‘Thursday Timeout for Art,’ I pondered waiting until next week to share the drawings. Ailsa’s travel theme for the week is GRASS, the perfect nudge to share these quite-tardy images.

Take your pick; one blade, two blades, three blades... It's your choice!

Take your pick; one blade, two blades, three blades… It’s your choice!

I enjoyed limiting myself to one blade per session, and I spent half an hour to an hour on each one.  After sharpening my pencils (I keep four or five handy so that I don’t have to stop often to sharpen the points.)

I selected this one and taped it to the surface to keep it in place.

I selected this one and taped it to the surface to keep it in place.

It looks a bit flat... What's missing?

It looks a bit flat… What’s missing?

Ah-ha!  A shadow makes a difference; shall we draw more leaves?

Ah-ha! A shadow makes a difference; shall we draw more leaves? (The light cast a glare on the paper.)

This next blade of grass "slipped"right beneath the first one...

This next blade of grass “slipped”right beneath the first one…

The next time you see an unkempt corner of overgrown grass, look for the beauty in each blade!

(Are you bored with these grasses?)

(Are you bored with these grasses?)

This was the Wednesday-night stopping point.  The next challenge will be adding an insect or two...

This was the Wednesday-night stopping point. The next challenge will be adding an insect or two…

Even though I’m presently immersed in the cloud-forest environment where the artistic options are endless, I enjoyed the challenge of drawing these blades of grass.   For more inspiration, check out other posts about grass HERE on Ailsa’s site.

How's this for a view from my friends' front porch?  Yes, those are toucans!

How’s this for a view from my friends’ front porch? Yes, those are toucans!

The week has been super busy, and your comments and best wishes are greatly appreciated.  All is going well with the preparations for my friends’ move, and we’re hoping that the treatments will be as effective as hoped.  Julie will be touched by the outpouring of get-well wishes from around the globe.

Thanks, as always, for your support.   Z

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