This was based on a reference photo, and inspired by my first guided bird walk, hosted by the local Audubon Society. The kingfisher who was perched over a pond, took my breath away. I feel that the colors were OK, but I have a lot to learn about how to capture the pose and demeanor of the bird.
I liked the process of drawing, which pulled me to really look at the details of the bird, particularly the feather patterns. I definitely want to hone my skills so that I can better capture the attitude and overall impression of the bird. I am overall more familiar with examining plants, and found myself distracted (in a good way) by the lichen-patched branch.
1) I've always kept written nature and gardening journals, and was really excited to see that this course was available. The integration of writing with drawing seemed like the next step, one that really is not captured by photography. I'm hoping that overcoming my hesitation to put pencil (and watercolor) to paper will help me gain a better understanding of how pieces of the natural landscape fit together.
2) I was very inspired by the journalers who were featured in the video. I'm interested in the level of attention and devotion to detail, as well as insight into the various processes they used. I particularly liked the little micro insets that one journaler used to show detail.