We should not expect to
make perfect art in our journals, instead
we should expect some
great journeys. (me)
Nature Journaling: Drawing from you window
Since March, I've been teaching Zoom classes on sketching and drawing. In particular,we've been exploring the nature journal. Up to a few weeks ago, we were under orders to be inside, so we did a lot of work from our windows--both in the house and the car. While things have loosened up a bit, we're still continuing the same journey. Fortunately, we can get out more and take pictures or spend some time observing the real, natural beauty around us.
This type of journaling seems endless with possibilities. Nature itself is filled with a plethora of subjects: flowers, birds, squirrels, fruits, vegetables, trees, herbs, grasses, weeds, rocks, butterflies, bees and so on. In fact, what I've learned so far, is that nature is usually all around us in one way or the other. Even living in a high rise, you'll see insects, plants on your deck (or someone else's) and birds.
Why from the window? Well, during these times when we're supposed to keep our distance and wear masks, it seems prudent to begin from your window. I began this journey back in 2011. It was a dreary winter. Gray, gray skies, seemingly blue mood. I picked up my journal and began drawing what I saw outside my studio window--dating it, commenting on the weather, even going to the Internet to learn more about what I was seeing.
That same year I started to do more detailed studies.
So what is a nature journal? It's really what you make it. You write, paint, draw, cut and paste and just be you.
From start in March, we have studied all sorts of subjects online from amphibians to vegetables. Since my classes are in the middle of the week and during the day, it's hard for folks to take them. So I'm going to give you a list again the may help you get through the next 30 days. Even though we are able to get out and about more, most of us are still being careful by staying inside, so maybe this nature journal challenge will help.
- Tomatoes on the vine
- Corn stalks, corn on the cob
- Watermelon, inside and out
- Calla lilies
- Tiger lilies
- Backyard tree (or in front)
- Tree bark
- Lavender bush
- Water in a glass
- Lawn chair
- Lounge chair
- Melon cut open
- Bird Bath
- Scrub jay
- Bird feeder
$90 per class, per five-week session