Woodland Calligraphy

Naturalists and artists tend to appreciate details within the big picture.  We marvel at the the shapes of shadows, the perfect hexagons in a comb of honey and the curly-cues and flourishes of tendrils.  In these are the characters, alphabets and language of the forest.

I’ve always loved the graceful, natural shapes in beautiful writing. Grapevines are the calligraphers of the woods.  interesting grapevine design

They wind their way through the trees in flowing shapes that surely must have inspired the cursive of early manuscripts.

Without the lush foliage of summer, the woods reveal the artistry of the vines.

grapevine shapes

This vine cast a single musical note in shadow to its left on the forest floor.

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A very talented teacher of calligraphy once challenged me to appreciate the beauty and artistry of the handwritten word and to make each character an intertwined part of the message.  The vine’s record their  journey through the trees in woodland script like the free flowing ink from a calligrapher’s pen.

“Man′s beauty is in the beauty of his writing.”  (author unknown)   

  Might we also say “Nature’s beauty is in the beauty of her writing.”

Grapevine Calligraphy

About Karen Hines Art

I am an artist living in the mountains of Virginia and expressing my love of nature through painting.
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