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  • Laura
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    lwangerin
    Your idea of pop-up images is brilliant!
  • Laura
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    lwangerin
    I've always kept a written journal, but haven't done any sketching since my teens. I have also always been an avid amateur naturalist (and a licensed collector for my university's natural history museum), but I hate using a camera because it makes me feel removed from what I am observing. Nature journaling seems like a way to blend both passions, and keep a visual record that will spark memories of the moment being observed, in a way that demands you to be a part of that moment. Maybe it is the difference between looking and seeing? One of the journals was so beautiful, and reminded me of a book I came across as a teenager (The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden). But I think I want to meld my written and sketched journals - adding birds at my feeder, what I see in my garden, the katydid on the window screen, mushrooms gathered on the most recent hike, etc. will add another dimension to how I process the events of the week. It will be a fun way to make sure I remember to slow down and look around me, and it won't matter much if there is not much skill to start with.
  • Laura
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    lwangerin
    IMG_6568 I found this exercise challenging, but overall enjoyable. I first drew the branches without leaves to help establish scale for the bird, but then after I had the outline of the warbler I got distracted trying to portray precise leaf arrangements instead of focusing on the bird itself. The bird was hard, especially in black and white. I really was struck by the subtlety of color, and how much variation there was. The eye (or getting the expression of the eye) and the feet were what I struggled most with.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #665206
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