• I tried to recreate a sunrise landscape of Mt. Rainier I took yesterday. Crows often join me.  I included 2 more crow poses from other photos in the sequence. The photo scene generated a lot of energy I tried to capture. I’m overall happy with the composition, colors & remembering to add a blue wash at the end.  I’m becoming more comfortable using a water brush.  I can take my little journal, tiny paint kit & what I need anywhere I go meaning I can’t wait to take them backpacking. This class has taught me so much about painting & drawing, especially birds.   D12E5402-3C0C-4469-BE08-A3097120DB794A2327AD-376B-4B7D-85C9-799CC95997DA
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 21
      Great Tail GrackleI am challenged when I go into the field to sketch and paint.  I over pack just in case I want other equipment.  I have a small field kit for just painting, but, I have a bag with all the possible equipment I may want depending on how far I will be walking to get to the location.  if I can paint from the car, I have a chair, I usually like to have my camera, cell phone, binoculars, water, and snacks, in addition my sketch pad and paints.  I usually make the choice between my painting/sketching or photography and birding.  It takes effort to focus on a composition in the field, but I do like making notes.  My journaling will most likely be worked as a memory project where I will develop a theme and use a combination of all the material I have done on site.  I have attached 2 paintings using my photographs and 1 of a landscape on site. Pat20201005_SB SeascapePacific Loon final
      • amy
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        Chirps: 20
        I love that first bird. How do you decide how to make the shadow? How long? How thin? It is very hard for me to catch that in the field, maybe photos will be better for me.
      • Susan
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        Chirps: 20
        I'm loving that strutting grackle too - you can really see her personality. Nicely captured!!
    • Pat
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      Chirps: 5
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    • Pat
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      Chirps: 5
      journal beginning Red headjournal redhead wood          I started using a light wash of pink that I thought I would overpaint with swashes of darker color to get highlights on head.  Same as back of bird only I used a teal.  I kept darkening the teal as the light wash didn't work.  I couldn't manage to get the effect I wanted so I started using thin brushstrokes (feathers) in dark red and black.  It seemed to work but it was not what I wanted.  I also went back over the head with white thin strokes for highlights.  Again, not what I had hoped to do.
    • Beverly
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      Chirps: 8
      My landscape was from the middle of the lake.  I took a picture and painted it later.  I am not sure what caused all the circles but am guessing it was water on the camera lens.  Again I am still struggling with the water colors.  I left the white white but needed a few white highlights and could not get them.Scan_0008
    • Jean
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      Chirps: 11
      Went to Balboa Park and sketched the Cabrillo Bridge with the San Diego Tower.  Clouds in the sky, 70*, Light breeze.  I carry my supplies in a back pack in a ziplock bag.  I usually have a heavy sheet of plastic to sit on if there isn't a bench or other perch. This was fun to do.  Took a little over an hour to do.   IMG_5839 (1)
      • Neva Ayn
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        Chirps: 2
        Fellow San Diegan here! A great representation of that beautiful landmark! The shades you used in the tower at the Museum of Man are striking. Nicely done.
    • Beverly
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      Chirps: 8
      Managing my materials is no problem.  While my husband fishes I sit and sketch so I have a bag ready to go at the drop of a hat.  Now I just need to include my paints.  The sketching is going really well. I feel I have really improved.  sketch of the stellarjay turned out so good and then I started painting.  Watercolors are really frustrating me.  I cannot get the colors write and I cannot paint in the details.  I gave up after trying multiple times for detail.  I like the facial expression but the rest ...I give up.Scan_0007
    • Jean
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      Chirps: 11
      Painting from a photo exercise--I used layering of colors.  I found this technique useful but time consuming. Its hard to wait to get to the next color. I think you would definitely need  a photo to complete in the field journaling if you want to be detailed.  I enjoyed this exercise but don't always have the time it takes....IMG_5835 (1)
    • Janice
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      Chirps: 6
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    • Isabel
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      Chirps: 34
      Paisaje El Silencio, Alajuela 9 set 20It is very useful to work small and leave enough space to test the colors
    • Isabel
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      Chirps: 34
      Silky FlycatcherThis is my practice using my own reference photo of a Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher. This is one of my first birds using only watercolor and I erase the pencil lines.  I test the colors before aplying them on the bird.
    • Linda
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      Chirps: 17
      This was my watercolor practice from a reference photo. Overall I am happy with it, had problems with the beak, but the eye turned out pretty good. I am not at present able to go much beyond the backyard (gearing up for knee surgery), so haven't put together my field supplies but really appreciate all the hints and ideas. IMG-2115
    • diana
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      Chirps: 52
      DF9F4162-8C1E-481F-9EB5-5DB01802223D I’m coming back to this lesson and this work with entry(ies), but this is my attempt at building up 3D form through color and shading while using reference images. This snow bird (Arctic White Ptarmigan) seemed like an obvious choice to try to make standout through subtle shading and minimum coloring.
    • Jill
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      Chirps: 20
      Beginning to work with color provides all new challenges plus, also, new fun. Autumn LeavesPaoli
      • Cecilia
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        Chirps: 19
        Love those leaves!
    • Nadja
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      Chirps: 1
      IMG_1044 Two common German birds!
    • Kimmai
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      Chirps: 13
      IMG_4092Material management, well lets just say I currently have a lot of sand in my pallet. I have a zip bag that I keep my field sketching supplies that allows me to quickly take my supplies for a bike ride or a weekend getaway. In the bag is : a jar to hold my erasers,  a brush holders that holds my brushes and pencils,and pens. The lose in my bag is some was-hie tape. Then I have a small on the go watercolor pad my husbands makes with 300lb hot press.
    • John
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      Chirps: 16
      This being my first landscape in color it was a task i used a complimentary colors.IMG_0160(1)
    • Jeff S.
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      Chirps: 3
      Blue Jay Here's my practice from a reference photo of a Blue Jay.  I like the head and neck which took a lot of layering to get right.
    • Matt
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      Chirps: 16
      IMG_6526 Today I didn't have the time to go to some of my favorite observation/journaling spots. This is a Japanese maple in my back yard, and a place I love to sit. This particular tree has led me to many questions about tree structure, functions, patterns, etc.
    • Jennifer
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      Chirps: 7
      Did this from  a photo I took while out hiking.   I found the thistle difficult to get the colour accurate and the spikes were challenging.    I’ve never used water colour before, I really enjoyed it.      I’m happy with how the bumble turned out.   EC82495C-6D7E-46FB-8447-3284642C710B
    • Beth
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      Chirps: 6
      I have a little backpack that fits everything and I did bring a water bottle to fill up my water brush. The paint set I have (not the recommended one...l already had a few) didn’t have white so I brought along a Lyra Aquacolor water soluable crayon in case I needed a tint.  Another brand I have is Neocolor II. It was a good solution. I also found, since I had a small place to mix paints, that using tints, tones and shades of the same colors, just adding the same blues, greens and complementary colors back in as needed, saves space. It was pretty sunny and my paints dried quickly so I could glaze over areas and the colors were related. Image of my finished landscape and the water soluable crayons (available at many art stores without having to buy a whole set. I think a watercolor pencil in white would work too.) image
    • Tanis
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      Chirps: 23
      DSC02556 This is an island where my dog and I go for a run. I pack sketching pencils and paint kit in a backpack along with a camera. The things I often forget to take are a test paper and something to wipe the pen on to dry it so now I just use another page in the sketch book. Usually an hour is all the time I want to sit in one place so it helps to take photograph of the scene. When I get back home I can focus more on adding the details. Capturing the colour of the water, its movement and the sense of white water are areas that still need practise.
    • Gayle
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      Chirps: 8
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    • IMG_6976 I posted before an attempt to paint a watercolour piece - BUT I spit water one it by mistake ! I didn't want to move forward without posting something here that I'm well satisfied with. So, I followed the video. I lost control while using the water several times (I don't know why I lose it alway while brushing the right side!) The original plan was to paint the background, however, I forgot that and went straight forward to the bird. Didn't want to take the rest and ruin this piece too. I lost the side fruits as well >.>
    • Stefania
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      Chirps: 19
      1. I create a special place for all my materials so it is easier for me to find them and start sketching. I set a place that it is easier to remember so I can find it immediately. 2. I have learnt that I tend to move forward from the focus and create something different with various colors as you can see from my pictures. IMG_20200706_213655IMG_20200706_213646IMG_20200706_211324 Observations are really good, I enjoy hearing the sound of the water, I observe flowers and try to observe them deeply and longer. I do enjoy watercolor very much. I struggle with animals and birds. I truly dislike to draw them, I love drawing trees, and I enjoy watching the different types of trees.