Hub City Press 11/1/2012. New paperback.
Setting out from her house, fondly named Middlewood, in the piedmont of South Carolina, Helen Scott Correll takes long, wandering walks along Meetinghouse Creek with her dogs to observe and draw the nature of her landscape. From her studio, nestled in the forest behind the house, Correll paints and writes of the day's journey, its temper and conversation.
With a foreword by naturalist Janisse Ray, Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration from Nature gathers Correll's illustrations and writings from her hikes and blog of the same name to create a treasury of discoveries, from giant red mushrooms peeking beneath a cover of leaves to hawks on a branch so close you can hear their preening. Season to season, you will discover the miniature beauties of the South, the life that you only find by slowing, allowing the landscape to inspire: turkey tracks in creek water, persimmon trees that fool the eye, tidy little snow holes hiding the casualties of winter.
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