I am collecting all the time.

Collecting little bits of nature…pinecones, stones, dried leaves and feathers…for their beauty and so I will know what they really look like to paint them.

Creating and collecting photos of nature, all the animals,  the mountain side, the lake, our trails and the bits of nature too big to carry back to the studio in my pocket.

But most of all

I collect meetings, that moment of connection – experiences and moments in time that I want to revisit in my thoughts and on my easel. Here are some critters that I have met this week.