In the online class, Ode to Nature, this week's lesson is about "The Art of Collecting." Alisa Burke has us collecting treasures and then arranging, displaying and photographing them. She shared a little about this on her blog in this post. Earlier this week, I went out to do some beach combing and then created these displays.
A basket full of drift wood, crab shells and other beach goodies.
Two small glass bowls filled with sea shells - taken from two different angles. And, my favorite:
Feathers in a tall shot glass!
This exercise was fun on many levels. First, I really needed to get out to the beach and spend time there away from my responsibilities here at home. I took some great photographs which I will share later. I also enjoyed spending time working on my still life photography skills. Finally, it just makes me really happy to see these little displays around my living room.
I'm sure I'll be using these collections for some other art work - sketching and more photography for sure. I also hope to spend some time in the garden, fields, and forests doing more collecting.
Do you have a favorite among these photos? Do you display any of nature's treasures in your home?