"go outside and explore! nature is very generous and you always come home a richer person than when you left" - Lisette|
Who am I?
First of all and most importantly, I'm a birdwatcher. when I was 6 or 7 years old my dad took me and my sisters on long bike rides in the weekends. we would see all kinds of species of birds and he taught me what they were (lapwings, oystercatchers, godwits, kestrels). at home he had a Peterson's birdguide of Europe, that was such an amazing book, soooo many different birds! that sparked my interest, I became obsessed. birdwatching is to this day one of the things I enjoy most in life. the birdwatching thing has become bigger and bigger for me, leading to a general interest/obsession in everything green and natural. I love it to bids, words can't describe really.
bigger and bigger: the first birds you learn are blackbirds, blue and great tits (hehe, tits), sparrows and stuff like that (common garden birds everyone knows). I don't keep an exact list, but one day I picked up a birdguide and counted all the species I've ever seen with certainty and counted more than 160 (prolly more than 170 by now). 160 different species of bird. here's some homework: write down 160 species, not with a birdguide, but straight from the brain. that's hard isn't it? now you know how big nature is, sort of (it's bigger still, it's bigger than both you and I will ever realize).
what does that have to do with my art?
well, birdwatching hasn't just led to an overall obsession with nature. it also somehow was a motivation to start drawing. I want to become the best I can, I've been drawing birds since the moment I started birdwatching and I'll always keep doing that. but I'm also interested in learning how to draw other stuff that I find out there, plants, trees, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, beetles, everything, because those things have such amazing designs.
what's the goal?
I'm not that good, yet. I want to get better. but when I do, I'd love to draw in such a way that my drawings let people look at things through my eyes. some people really think spiders are disgusting. but if only they could use my eyes when looking at a spider, ow how they would change their minds, really (spiders are SO beautiful <3). and if people would see the world as it is (so incredibly beautiful that it hurts), then maybe they would be a bit more careful with it. we're destroying the most beautiful planet in the entire universe in a very efficient way, I hate that. I can't force people to behave. but I can maybe motivate them to think about their own behaviour and let them see what it really is they're taking for granted and throwing away like it's nothing right?
and I'd also love to motivate people to go outside and explore the world themselves c: nobody is an indoor person, I once heard that phrase on the radio, I've been thinking about it, and it's true. why on earth should you stay inside anyway? being outside is good for you, it's good for both your physical and mental health. you can learn so much from nature! it's really the best teacher out there.