G is for...

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

- R W Emerson

G is for Growing, Garden and GRASS.

Nature, forests, gardens, and green things: I am very fond of plants, and gardens and the wonder of seeing things grow, going through the seasons, bearing fruit.

I would like to draw your attention to something that is so ubiquitous, a plant that is everywhere in the world. I am talking about grass. Go and pick a handful of grass in your garden or on a walk, look on the verge of a path. How many varieties can you can see?

There are over ten thousand different kinds of ‘true grasses’ today. We are far more dependent on grass for our survival than we might realise. All the grains we eat are technically grass. Whiskey and beer are actually created from grass and sugarcane has a multitude of byproducts. Grass’s role in the food chain is crucial. Think of animals feeding on grass and grains. So yes, a pretty important plant all things considered.

With this in mind, have a look at the humble sprigs of grass in your hand. Put them out on a sheet of paper and observe the lines. Do you see the flowing ribbon like structures? This true survivor is one of the oldest plants on the planet.

Mini Project

Draw your grass and draw with your grass. Observation is key to today’s project. You can create some blind drawings by looking at your sample and creating a line with a brush, pen or pencil. You might want to try the Inktense or aquarelle pencil to create a soft flowing line and then use water and a fine paintbrush to create some gentle elongated shapes.

If you are interested (or have the time!), have a go at this added project: by using only grass as you design material on a white surface, create a plant shape. Keep it simple, cut it into smaller sections and create an interesting branch with twigs and leaves created from this natural material.


As mentioned, this project is about observation. Look close-up with new eyes at something that is visible to most of us on a daily basis and is in plentiful supply. It is good to be mindful of what is around us and to allow it to stimulate our visual senses. It’s an important component in feeling inspired.

Today’s Pinterest link for some inspiration:


You're welcome to share your outcomes in the group’s Facebook page. Please don't post course material or outcomes to to other public Internet sites or to social media.

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