Saturday, August 5, 2017

Seasons Changing - Lin Frye

Journal - A painting and a poem:  (small painting stapled to typed poem and placed in my journal)

© Lin Frye

Season’s Turning

Newly August and summer’s heat is smothering.
Yet signs of fall surround me:
Wispy waves of goldenrod along roadsides
Dinner plate Sycamore leaves crunching underfoot
Poplar’s shower as foliage rasps through branches
Golden carpets quilting the landscape
Emerald viburnum now turned celery.
Afternoon’s quiet, little birdsong or crickets
Plumes of ornamental grasses
Cattail fuzz, Queen Anne’s Lace, sapphire chicory
Chocolate coneflower seed heads
Sky haze and highway’s scathing shimmer
Unsettled dust of desiccated soil.
There’s a coolness beneath the sizzle, and
Though I wither under the steaminess,
The slow paling of trees and shrubs,
Roadsides and garden plots
Insures the season’s turning
Once more.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

With kind permission of Sketching in Nature's owner, I like to present my book in this blogpost.

As you have seen in the past, I love drawing and painting the beauty of the natural world. And after years of selling art prints and working on commissions, I thought it was time to venture into book-making. I could write a whole blog post about book-making! However, let's keep it short; the result is 'Birds, Butterflies, Fish & Botany; the Beautiful Natural World' which is available at all local Amazons, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Bookdepository, actually all online bookshops as well as big bookstores that can order via Global Retail Network.
It is also available on my Etsy and on
I can't think of a better public than you all, as you all love nature combined with artistic expression. Some of you mostly like birds, others butterflies, you all won't pass a lotus pond without looking in it for admiring fish, and I simply can't imagine any of you not loving elegant and delicate details of flowers.

Do contact me if you have any questions or when you would like to review it, buy several issues etc.
With kindness,

Paula Kuitenbrouwer is a Dutch nature artist. She draws the beauty of the natural world. She has created a beautiful and rich booklet that shows 24 of her artwork along with 13 short elucidating stories. Clearly, Paula masters her pencils, paint brushes and fountain pen to do what she does best: offering us an insight in her beautiful natural world.  
      "Paula's passion for drawing nature has resulted in a booklet containing her artwork and a collection of texts that show the process and the ideas behind her drawings and paintings".
       Paula Kuitenbrouwer holds an M.A. in Philosophy. Her artwork helps you to see the natural world in depth and in its finest detail. Reading this book is like visiting Paula's studio in which she guides you through many aspects of her work. Paula also narrates her nature meditations and observations or explains the symbolic composition of her drawings. Creatively she educates you on nature's remarkable intelligence. After reading this lively book, you feel enchanted and engaged as if following a visit to an art gallery.
       For Paula, painting and writing is a meditation; nature is her muse, her spiritual and artistic inspiration. 

Softcover ISBN: 9781366428783


AMAZON.CO.UK 5.0 out of 5 stars
A lovely collection of art pieces of the beauty found in nature. These pieces capture the simple and elegant stories of the life that lives all
around us. Paula shares her wisdom and inspiration through her vision of appreciating the Zen moments of art in nature. After perusing the booklet, I feel inspired to go out to my garden to look at all of the gorgeous colors and motifs that nature provides.

AMAZON.COM 5.0 out of 5 stars
P. Kuitenbrouwer’s lovely drawings and friendly and insightful text are not only beautiful to the senses. Her reverence of the natural world and her patient observation and detail inspire me to slow down for a moment so I don’t miss the beauty and meaning in my own environment. I recommend this little book highly–it would also make a nice gift for anyone who loves nature. 5.0 su 5 stelle
Una recensione? Un Feedback? No. Solo i miei sentimenti su un piccolo libro di un artista veramente ispirato: Paula Kuitenbrouwer. ‘Uccelli, farfalle, pesci e botanica; Il bellissimo mondo naturale ‘.Non stiamo acquistando un pezzo di carta con linee artistiche combinate in una bella immagine. Compriamo emozioni, sentimenti, ore di dubbi, errori, esperienze, apprendimenti, filosofie, ecc. Per me sembra un privilegio sgattaiolare nel laboratorio di un artista e partecipare alla creazione del processo semplicemente guardandolo. È qualcosa che facevo sempre nel laboratorio di fotografia di mio padre, osservando nascere le foto che si sviluppavano pian pano. È un mistero enorme che ti porta via nel suo mondo magico.Questa sensazione ho avuto mentre leggo il libro di Paula. Ogni singola spiegazione: un concetto di composizione, colori, forme, storie personali che servono come tele per i futuri dipinti; Profonda filosofia dietro ogni elemento; E la gentilezza, l’equilibrio interiore travolgente e il pezzo dell’autore che ho ascoltato durante la lettura mi hanno semplicemente dato un effetto terapeutico. Per aggiungere: breve, chiara, niente da aggiungere, niente da togliere, solo “IL BELLISSIMO MONDO NATURALE”.

Hettie Marzak, 60-69 jaar, RIJEN, 5 juli 2017 Ik raad dit product aan:
Inspirerend & Mooi vormgegeven
In dit boekje zijn een aantal tekeningen samengebracht: gekleurde tekeningen van vogels, vissen en vlinders, afgekeken van de natuur en zo minutieus en liefdevol verbeeld dat ze levensecht lijken. Ook zijn er een aantal tekeningen opgenomen van stillevens: stenen en schalen en vazen, die zeer gedetailleerd zijn uitgewerkt.
In de Engelstalige tekst geeft de auteur, die al geruime tijd in Ierland woont, een inkijkje in haar werkwijze: waarom ze juist die onderwerpen heeft gekozen, of hoe ze te werk is gegaan bij het tekenen. Haar kennis van de natuur verdiept haar tekeningen: zo weet ze over al de onderwerpen wel iets interessants te vertellen dat de lezer nog eens – en beter – laat kijken. Ze duidt haar werk tegen de achtergrond van een filosofische levensinstelling en laat de lezer kennismaken met de aanzet tot meditatie, met aspecten uit het Boeddhisme en esthetische principes uit Japan, maar vooral met de schoonheid van de natuur en het leven. Boeiend zijn de interpretaties van haar werk binnen de symboliek van diverse religies en culturen, die de tekeningen een extra betekenislaag geven. Het is een mooi en evenwichtig vormgegeven boekje, om zelf blijvend van te genieten of om cadeau te geven.

I have seen her art’s work in Instagram. Every single time I saw it, I thought that I was resting in nature. It is good fresh and I am really happy to get it mine!
5つ星のうち 5.0 Recommend!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tom's Sunflowers - Lin Frye

Journal - My sweet neighbor invited me to paint the flowers he planted, and though I did (I'll post later), these forgotten sunflowers, camouflaged in grasses and weeds, caught my attention.

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sketching Sheepdog, Maria elena Ferrari, Italy

After a few years, unexpectedly, my computer finally gave me access to the blog!
How beautiful it is to find you! (I've always read this blog)!
Yesterday:  a day to sketch a sheepdog at Oasi WWF dei Ghirardi (Borgotaro, Italy)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


We had a wonderful time staying on the banks of the Loire at Briare, cycling every day to explore the nearby villages. We were rewarded one day by the sight of an otter calmly swimming along the canal who took no notice of us as we stopped to watch him go by.  At one stage of that day's outing we took a wrong turning and found ourselves deep in a rather damp wood and were surprised by the trails of caterpillars hanging on threads from the trees.  We quickly decided to turn back as the insects were rather busy too!

At the campsite the shower block was taken over by a flock of swallows that swooped and chattered all over the place with no fear of humans.  They were busy building their nests in the rafters and even on the light fittings. One pair had chosen a spot inside the shower area and had to wait for human assistance to open the door if it was inadvertently shut!

Sunday, June 18, 2017


We have just returned from our summer trip in the camping car to the Loire valley and beyond.  We were camped by the river with a lovely view of the trees on the banks of the historic waterway.  This tree had been overwhelmed by mistletoe caught my eye. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lavender Festival 2017 - Journal - Lin Frye

Journal - A small remembrance of lavender from the Lavender Festival last week ....

Lin Frye, North Carolina