Sunday, January 8, 2017

"The most beautiful book of 2016"

"Burr acorn", Prismacolor colored pencil on Stonehenge Kraft
(click to enlarge)

When I draw things found in  the natural world, it forces me to really look closely at them, and I can't help but be amazed at the fascinating patterns that I see. The concept of the Fibonacci sequence, and the golden mean are well-known, but the science behind these patterns goes way beyond that.

I recently came across a review of Philip Ball's book, Patterns In Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way it Does, and I knew I had to find it. It's a pricey volume, so I found a pristine, new Publisher's Weekly called this book "the most beautiful book of 2016",  and I couldn't agree more.

The acorn in this drawing is from the Burr Oak. We were visiting Texas for Christmas, and my daughter brought a handful of these into the house one morning. (Everything is, indeed, bigger in Texas!)


  1. It's a beautiful drawing, Sarah. You are so patient, and so very modest - all of your posts seem to deflect praise towards another source. The book in this one does sound fascinating.

  2. Very beautiful. I love all the unexpected colors in this.