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  • Jim
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    Jim Chandler
    I have always enjoyed learning from nature. I have just recently added sketches and watercolors.  I have often used photographs and video as a way of capturing the moment.  However it does add another level of observation when I uses sketching and watercolors.  I also want to increase my skills in scientific drawings and painting.  So I want to journal with sketches to deepen my understanding of nature, increase my skills as an artists.  I also want to learn how to create a drawing while observing nature directly and not just from photographs.  In looking at the different styles of journals I like combining both text and images including rough sketches.  I also want to take some of the favorite subjects and use my observations to create a detailed drawing including watercolors.  I might do the first level in the sketch pad and create more finished paintings in the album format.    I also like using a nature journal to serve as a memory album for a trip.  I did a little of this on a trip to Alaska this  summer.  One of my drawings is included below.  I may also use it to grow my observations for a particular theme like life in a natural aquarium I am keeping in my house using organisms from area lakes, or a study to study the birds (esp blue jays) at my feeder. I also like drawings that tell a story.  In my drawing I found it  interesting that the Sandhill Cranes and Canada Geese freely intermingled and flew together at the site of the Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks Alaska.   IMG_9441  
  • Jim
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    Jim Chandler
    What a beautiful place to retire.  I look forward to seeing your field drawings.
  • Jim
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    Jim Chandler
    I love the idea of combining drawings and poems.
  • Jim
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    Jim Chandler
    I used to run an outdoor learning center.  One technique I found useful was to keep folding a piece of paper until you have about 16 little squares.  Then encourage students when they go on a walk to find a little detail that would remind them of something that caught their eye and make a little quick sketch or put in a few words that reminds them of something they found and try to fill as many squares as they can find.  It is amazing how this technique makes even a very short walk into a very rich experience.  This could also be done in a sketch book by drawing 16 squares on a page.  The most interesting ones could then be used to inspire a more detailed sketch and watercolor.
  • Jim
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    Jim Chandler
    I very much like telling a story.  I have been studying geology and fossils and I am intrigued how little bits of evidence can help tell a story.  Next to artists I find that geologists are one of the most observant people I know.
  • Jim
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    Jim Chandler
    How would you do a 3-D popup?  I am intrigued.  I saw a mud-dauber's nest (made by a wasp) on a rock outcropping. I took a close up of it thinking I might paint a water color of the wall and then add a sand, 3D mud dauber nest adding rust to color the sand. mud daubernest
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