I felt nervous about drawing from the photo because the photo is so exact and I have never drawn a bird before. I have a little trouble with figuring out how to layer watercolor, so hoping this course will help me with that. The photo helped me notice where the secondary and primary feathers end, and the shading of the yellow that isn't just overall one color as you might see with a glance.
I am a naturalist and educator, but have the great fortune of being exposed to an art program with a lot of focus on nature. I have worked a few times on nature journaling in partnership with the art instructor and have really been inspired by her work! I'd also like to use it as a way to improve my observation skills, slow down, and direct my learning about what I see in nature.
I tend to prefer the nature journals with more images, less writing, and collages of different sketches on the page. I love beautiful lettering and more impressionistic sketches.