1. I have always enjoyed and appreciated the beauty of the natural world, but I have not drawn anything for many years. Now that my kids are older (12 and 15), I not only have a bit of time at the end of the day to draw, I also find that I am NEEDING more time spent on meditative observation. I am really looking forward to this class holding me accountable. I also want to show my kids that while technology is great, it is important to disconnect and use your senses to appreciate the real-life, not virtual, beauty around us.
2. I am going to be patient with myself and my growth through this course, but I would love to get to the point where I can share my work publicly with others. I absolutely love the final journal highlighted in the video! It would be fantastic to get there. But to start, I like D.J. McNeil's approach to use the journaling and sketching to make the best observations possible, even if I do not complete each sketch. My main goal is the act of careful observation.