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The art of making a drawing

February 4, 2012

As a biologist I always admire people who can quickly make a sketch of a plant or animal they see. It has always been my dream to master the pen, if only ink. During pre-camera times drawing was considered an essential part of a gentleman’s education. The military as well as science demanded people who could clearly show details. Drawing or art was maintained as a school subject when I was young, but sadly the teachers where rather gifted artists than pedagogically skilled teachers. A bunch of kids where simply asked to draw what they saw (say a bowl of fruit), and those who were talented or had education from home did well, the rest of us never left the stage of a four-years-old.

Lately we have had very interesting and different garden school students who enrich our atmosphere here. Emily Driskill from Washington state made several sketches while jungle trekking with me, and she kindly left some pieces of art for us, even for my son Mika:

Text: Eric Danell, Dokmai Garden

Drawing: Emily Driskill, Evergreen College, USA

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