Country Diary Video Is Excellent Resource for Artists and Art Teachers

Edith Holden was an incredible illustrator during the late 19th & early 20th centuries. I have used her books [nature journals] for the past couple of years to help teach the kids how to draw; how to create and maintain an art journal; and how to better appreciate nature. We have been spending much of the pretty months outside drawing. During these nasty months, we learn better technique; and we literally study Holden’s books–as well as draw from them.

I bought the rabbits for us to study, in the same manner as Holden; and one of the purposes of my garden is provide a lab–a place where we can all study nature firsthand.

I am absolutely thrilled that I just discovered an old series based on Holden’s life and works. There are 12 episodes — one for each month. You have to wade through some of the Corn and Heidi’s Grandpa stuff; but there is just enough gold in each episode to base a study. The good part of the episode [which was 11 minutes into the 24-minutes of episode 1] shows the nature [i.e. the rabbits for January] and other wildlife in nature. It has excerpts from her writing; and it shows the actress  seeming to draw from what might have been Edith’s findings.



About jackikellum

Jacki Kellum is a Fine Artist, a Designer, and also a writer. For one of her graduate programs, she wrote her thesis on William Blake. Like Blake, much of Kellum's work is about childhood and lost innocence. Also like Blake, Kellum strives to both write and illustrate her work. .
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