Thursday, October 15, 2009

Design from a grasshopper's leg

There he was, nibbling on my winter squash, bold as brass.

I know it, I should have squashed him, but instead I hollered over the fence, "Susan, there's a gorgeous grasshopper over here!"

Susan's boys are still young enough to be fascinated with the things I find captivating... you know... grasshoppers, frogs, snips & snails & puppy dog tails. That sort of thing.

Pretty soon I was taking a bug's eye view, giving the little guy his own photo shoot.

Isn't he amazing?

People are always asking me, "where do you get your ideas?"

If I told them how inspiring this grasshopper's leg decorations are, how endlessly fascinating his segmented abdomen, how lovely his brassy wings, nobody would believe me.

But today I learned a world about design and beauty and balance. There was a whole lesson there for me, placed in my own backyard by the Creator Himself.

And He packed it all in one neat and tidy package: a grasshopper sitting on my winter squash.


sue z said...

Hi Sharyn,

I really love the photography on your blog. When I use my macro lens I am always amazed at the hidden worlds and designs on insects. I think twice before I swat a fly.

That leg is just beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing your discovery.

bhurst said...

Sharyn, you are amazing. I love your work. Are you doing another cricut cartridge for PC? If so, when will it be released?
Thanks, Donna

Sharyn Sowell said...

Thanks for the kind words! Donna, I have two more cartridges coming soon... one I have already finished and it's another baby/child oriented one, and another is more organic for adults. I'm not allowed to say more but I think the first one will be cat-out-of-the-bag at the CHA show in January, with the third cartridge a few weeks behind. I so appreciate your nice comments- can't tell you how much that means to me!

Halliehoop said...

Your photos inspire me to slow down and to look at things around me a little more carefully. Thanks for that.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Found you via Diane's Musings. What a lovely work of art you've discovered in a simple grasshopper. Can't wait to view your gallery, I'll be back to check on it later!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I have discovered that many artists who share their inspirations with others in showing their photos have a great deal of reverence for the hand of God's paintbrush. I was afraid of these creatures as a child but today I can study their compact design and know they are a creation from God. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart