I am inspired to keep looking for textures found in nature; I like to brush my hands through fluffy grass, wiggle my toes in sand, and get bear hugs. I enjoy finding the juxtaposition of things with widely different textures for example: a smooth stone surrounded by rough gravel, soft moss next to a hard river bed, or a prickly cactus wedged in a rock crevice. I enjoy imagining everything in black and white and seeing if any textures pop out from the crowd. Textures can bring new wonder to a familiar place. What are your favorite textures?
Memories can be triggered by the way something feels. The Nature Center celebrated International Mud Day with a big mud pit. When I squished my toes into the mud, I was transported back to summers of making mud pies, and playing in puddles after summer rainstorms with my cousin Suzy. Holding a fuzzy peach makes me think of the juicy peaches that grew in my parents orchard and the green june beetles who also liked the delicious fruit. One of my favorite things about the Nature Center and taking kids on Nature Walks is providing opportunities for kids to make their own memories. Perhaps, they will member the 'Nature Lady' when they find an earthworm in their garden.
I challenge you to look for texture in the week ahead. Try tuning out color, and see how many different textures you encounter. I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section of this blog!
Check out this website to see a bunch of wonderful close up photos of plants, animals, and other nature items. Check this website for art class definition of texture.
|snail fossils and fern|
|Calcite crystals and ink bottle|
|Wax honeycomb and oyster shell|
|Gila monster painting with textures, ACM 2010|
|Sand grain media for the dirt, glossy glaze for the reptile scales, and lots of gloppy paint in the cactus;|
textures used a literally.