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  • Sandy
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    My work at home (farming) and not at home (raft guiding) takes me outside regularly. Doing the exercises in this journaling course has instilled a desire, each day, to spend a little bit of focused time outside being, without a lot of doing. Seeing there are so many others sharing experiences through their journaling  gives me hope that our natural worldIMG_0052 has a chance!
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    This course is inspiring me to seek out writings of naturalists! My experience has been limited to quotes in calendars and such. John Muir's "When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it is hitched to everything in the universe" is a favorite. Another is "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best it today", a Chinese proverb. The act of nature journaling is requiring setting time aside for quiet, introspection, and observation. It is becoming an outlet for thoughts that have been rolling around in my head for awhileIMG_0049, concerning how did we get to now, and what is true?
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    Techniques learned in this course, and used in creating the Yellow Warbler painting: wet on dry, wet on wet, tinting with opposite color (i.e. to create shaded areas on the yellow a little bit of purple mixed in really worked!), proportions and recognizing the negative spaces, using hatch lines to create texture and dimension. I must be leaving something out... :)
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    The paint brush and I are becoming friends, thanks to the fun exercises in this course! There seems to be an early 'ugly duckling' phase (excuse the phrase), before each effort transitions into something satisfyingIMG_0041. One challenge is knowing when to stop :)
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    I see the value of planning the page layout, yet I do enjoy just letting it happen!IMG_0036
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    Practice painting from a photo: maintaining fine white lines on the edges of the tail feathers was a challenge. Maybe with lots of practice this will become easier :)IMG_0019
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    I tried to incorporate each of the techniques, wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry brush. I had an hour outside, and finished with an hour or so inside. I was wishing I'd taken a photo to remind me of the color and light details. The dry brush technique will take some IMG_0012practice!
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    There are so many variations of the 'same' color! That is one challenge, and another is creating the perception of texture. I've discovered details need to wait until theIMG_0010 base color is dry :)
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    IMG_0009I have taken a water color class before, but still find it a medium that challenges me! I appreciate the lesson progression, and had fun creating the palette.
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    Very cool exercise! with surprising outcome :-)IMG_2609
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    Initially I didn't intent to share my results. Seeing what others posted inspired me to repeat the exercise, so thanks for sharing! Did anyone notice the odd shape on the springbok's back left upper leg? Do you know what it is or might might have caused it?IMG_2606
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    What inspired me to begin nature journaling? Three years ago, after learning about the current rate of extinction, I've felt a sense of urgency to pay attention, to really notice, birds in particular. And recently my interest in art has been rekindled. Drawing requires  attention, noticing the details. We are creating images that will someday remind us. I am drawn to the integration of scenery, plant details and animal sketches, along with the journaler's written notes. It gives a multi-faceted view of the experience. I like that each page can be different, with a few elements of continuity.
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    in reply to: Jump Right in! #645537
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