We had a beautiful, clear, late summer day at Clear Springs Nature Preserve in Montague Township for our walk. The preserve, a commercial fishery in the 1950s, was saved from development by the township with a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and local match funds. It was a beautiful place to learn how to create simple nature drawings with artist Sharon Smithem.
Sharon teamed up with Montague horticulturist Connie Crancer and the two chose a location in the preserve they felt was perfect for teaching nature drawing. It had a pleasing mix of subjects, from evergreens and interesting bushes, to a few flowering plants, and of course a superb view of the preserve’s pond.
Sharon and Connie mingled with walk participants, answering their questions and providing advice.
People wandered off on their own to choose a subject. Groups gathered together to chat and sketch. The result? A variety of surprisingly elegant and individualist drawings and a certain amount of satisfaction among participants about their artistic talents!