Art is practically everywhere you look and everything you see has the potential to become a work of art. Nature is a masterpiece all on by itself, but can be transformed into something spectacular by the work of a human hand. Take a stroll at Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine and be sure to bring a sketchbook and your camera and turn its pleasant scenery into your own masterpiece. With a beautiful pond full of friendly ducks and tall, magnificent trees shadowing the green grass, it certainly is a relaxing place to create a work of art.
The pond is a fine place to begin so take a seat and lets get to work. Watch how the fountain in the middle splashes onto the surface of the pond and pay attention to every detail. Examine how the light reflects off the water and shines through the mist in the air from the splashing fountain. Interpret how the sun creates a look as though diamonds are floating on the water. Look closely at the intricate markings on each duck as it swims gracefully through the pond water. Include the structured hut on an island in the middle of the pond. Maybe there is a family near by feeding the ducks and you want to include them as well. Do not hold anything back and put your full passion into every sketch.
Now take a short walk to the other end of the pond where you will find a dusty old bridge full of character to be portrayed in your drawing. Start by drawing the basic shape first then move on to each intricate detail. Draw the magnificent trees that tower over the bridge with every shadow and reflection on the water below. See the children playing in the water behind the bridge and include a silhouette of a few little ones and their mothers. Maybe add a few more ducks or anything else that might flourish your drawing.
Go ahead and draw everything we just talked about or draw some smaller things separately. For instance a close up of just one or two ducks. A male with his bright feathers and the female he so dearly protects. Let the love between them shine in your drawing. Show the innocence in their eyes as they float through the clear water. Bring personality and emotion to this drawing and it is sure to be a masterpiece.
Deering Oaks Park is full of things to draw so bring your sketchbook and let the passion flow. Spend a relaxing evening drawing everything your heart desires to turn into art. Snap a few shot on your camera to draw later or to be art all on its own. Being an artist means putting your heart and soul in to every piece you create. So give it all you got and make a masterpiece.