True Nature


Contemplative Drawing Workshop with Barbara Bash, Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 2:00 PM, at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. The act of drawing can offer a new understanding of the world. In this three-hour workshop participants will use drawing as a way to contemplate the sacred art in the Museum’s galleries. Working with pencils, pens, and simple coloring techniques, participants will explore how to choose their subjects, simplify the complexity of what they see, and combine drawings with words that will hopefully bring forth fresh insight to these works. No previous art experience is necessary. A beginner’s mind is all that is needed. All materials will be provided.


Barbara Bash is an author, illustrator, calligrapher, and teacher of nature journaling and expressive brush. Her study of dharma art with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Chinese pictograms with Ed Young contributed to her understanding of Eastern principles as applied to Western forms. She has written and illustrated many award-winning books on natural history for children and adults. Her most recent work, True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude, has recently been published in paperback with new drawing exercises.


True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude, by Barbara Bash, Expanded Edition, Paperback, 2012

This is a new and expanded edition which includes 16 pages of drawing exercises – “A Way to Begin”. In this colorful journal, writer-illustrator Barbara Bash has re-created her chronicles of meditation and contemplative wandering during a series of solitary country retreats. Combining journal notes in calligraphy watercolor-and-pencil drawings, she captures exquisite moments of magic in the natural environment: a dragonfly’s brief pause, a surprised deer in tall grass, a lumbering skunks visit, the woods at twilight. Nature lovers, gardeners, and anyone who enjoys the rich solitude of the natural world will recognize in Barbara a kindred spirit.