Sunday, August 25, 2013

drawing challenge / nature

Nature is often more pronounced and beautiful when contrasted with what is manmade.  
From the 20th floor of our apartment here in Chicago we have an amazing view of the massive skyscrapers, stunning in their architecture and awesome height.  The view wouldn't be quite as beautiful though without the emerald river that runs through it and the vast Lake Michigan in the distance. The thriving gardens and parks thoughtfully planted around the city bring a contrast to this concrete jungle that is calming, soft, and alive.  What would we do without Nature?  How would we feel?  How could we live?

Nadine is our host this week!


Ariane Reichardt said...

Dear Rachel,
so nice to see you here at the dc again! Gosh, I have missed your delicate, humorous, lovely, vivid drawings(even when I own that beautiful abs of trees by you)!
I like your view on Chicago... very much, with its bigger trees.
Yes, what were we without nature, depite that we are nature, too. But a life without water and plants... so grim to me.
Lovely to see your kiddos!so vivid and confident. Marvellous!

xo Ariane.

Susan Christensen said...

I LOVE your drawing, Rachel. The photos are gorgeous as well, esp. the boys in the garden with magenta blooms.

Carole Reid said...

Hello, Rachel! Your question is big.... as is nature. What would we do without it? Your drawing draw us in and your kids make us smile. Thank you for sharing.

Tammie Lee said...

nature and cities, thank goodness nature is still part of cities and you share this beautifully. your sketch is a joy with the trees in the forefront. wishing you a wonderful time in Chicago.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

you drew!
yes, babes...
contrasts are fancy. i cannot begin to imagine how i'd feel, waking up amongst sky scrapers. it'd be ... different. and it'd certainly pull me towards greens too.
thxs for playing, rachel.

Patrice A. said...

you are right
contrast makes the difference
and like Ariane
i am so glad to see you here at the dc
with a fine drawing!!!

Patrice A.

barbarabeesblog said...

Hi Rachel, your drawing is funny and your pics vibrant and joyful and yes what would we be without nature?
I like to invite you to the next dc at my place/blog.

Citlalli Cuevas said...

Hello dear friend,

So happy to admire your drawings again, love all your Chicago pictures, the contrast of the gardens and buildings are gorgeous!


Kristen Donegan said...

What a wonderful drawing :) and I have often thought about the contrast between what is man made and what is "natural" The contrast between the two is always poignant!

Norma Conway said...

20 floors is way high up there Rachel! I think really, an excellent perch to contemplate Nature. Yes, the contrast of man made and nature made can be examined from a multitude of starting points. It is a real yin/yang of life. I like these photographs very much. N, xo

renilde said...

it's in men's nature to built as high as possible though i can't imagine quite how it must feel to live on the 20th floor.
your awesome pictures give me an impression and yes my eyes would often search for the green and the river and the lake.

your drawing fits your words so well, 'what would we do without it?'

missed your great drawings dear Rachel, xx