The joy of this project is that you can create
a beautiful piece of art, even if you can't
draw a stick figure.
Circle template (bowl, plate or plastic lid in a size that fit's your paper)
Corn Meal (for an offering)
1 - Contemplation: Go to a favorite place in
nature ( a park, a favorite hiking trail, even
your own back yard) and sit quietly for a while
drinking in the feeling of the place. If the
sun is out, think about the feeling of the sun
on your skin. If it's cool, feel the chill of
the air on your skin. Close your eyes and listen
to the sounds. Feel your own presence in the
place and feel how far your sense of yourself
extends beyond you own body. Try to reach out
with your awareness and see how far out from
yourself you can expand. See if you can connect
with any of the creatures that may inhabit this
place. From the shamanic perspective everything
is alive and has a form of consciousness, even
if it is very different from our own. Every
bird, insect, worm, tree, even the rocks have
a form of consciousness and if you sit still
and listen, you will find yourself connected
to them. The reason we usually don't hear them
is that we are moving too fast and not stopping
the place and the creatures to show you the
things you need to see at this time.
2 - The Walk: Get up from your place of contemplation
and start to walk. Keep your eyes open for small
items that catch your eye (a leaf, a flower, a
small pebble) and make a small collection of things.
Do not take anything that will harm the environment.
If you want to collect sticks, look for sticks
that have fallen from the tree on their own. If
you take a leaf or flower from a living plant,
be careful not to harm the plant and remember
to thank the plant and leave a pinch of cornmeal
as an offering of gratitude.
you feel you have collected what you need, go
back to the place where your drawing supplies
are. If there is no place outdoors where you can
work comfortably, you may want to complete the
next part at home.
3 - The Drawing: With one of the colored pencils,
trace a circle on the black paper using your circle
template. Now place the things you have collected
on your walk within the circle in an arrangement
that pleases you. If you want some of the things
to fall outside the circle that's OK, too. When
you are happy with your arrangement, trace around
each of the items. You now have a pattern that you
can color with the colored pencils. Look at the
way the lines intersect and the shapes connect with
each other. Do not worry about trying to color things
in so that the leaves look like leaves and the branches
look like branches. Just look at the lines as abstract
patterns and color them using colors you like.
you want to shade from one color to another, you
will get the best results if you shade between colors
that are close to each other on the color wheel.
For instance, from Yellow try shading to Orange
and then to Red.