Nature colour wheel

Things have been very quiet on the art front around here this summer. I wish I could get some painting in, but when I look back, I seem to do art in a pattern, primarily in the fall and winter. But I still feel a level of need to create something, even if it is not on a canvas, not a masterpiece.

So on a walk the other day, I had the idea to collect as many colours as we could find in nature. My parents were visiting from Ontario, so we had some berry picking pails along. My kids (age 5 and 6) have recently become avid bikers so they had zoomed off ahead, leaving me to do most of the sourcing for this project.

My daughter was nearby and helped my mom and I arrange this colour wheel. I couldn’t believe the colours on this unsuspecting bike trail, which to me seemed kind of boring (flat, not in the forest, etc.).

My son finally came back and was dismayed to find that we had made this without him. Luckily, I was able to think of something he could contribute: the stick frame.

People sometimes comment on how many creative things we do like this, wondering how we find the time. Our family really cherishes trying to live a fairly simple life, to get outside rather than doing other things like cleaning or shopping on weekends, and just being observant in nature. As I’ve shared before, sometimes I am known for doing odd things like picking up pods and other scavenging, which I find relaxing.

Give this a try – see what you can find! I’d love to see others’ nature creations.

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  1. It’s just sitting there waiting for us to notice! Once in awhile we have to arrange it 🙂

  2. […] Nature Colour Wheel August 2nd, 2014 — “Things have been very quiet on the art front around here this summer. I wish I could get some painting in, but when I look back, I seem to do art in a pattern, primarily in the fall and winter. … Continue reading →” 1 Comment […]

  3. I love this and your story behind it. We all need to stop in order to really see. And your kids are so cute! I’m a gatherer too and am going to look to see the color wheels whirling about me! Blessings …

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