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    • Bird Academy
      Bird Academy
      Bird_Academy
      1. Share and tell us about your favorite nature journaling experience. It could be your most inspiring session, something new you’ve learned about the natural world, a “wow” moment, or even a funny experience! 2. Did you try one of the suggested journaling project ideas from the list provided in this topic? If so, how did it go? Any suggestions for other students?
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    • Jill
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      Chirps: 20
      JFeldkamp
      Thanks to Liz and Bird Academy for this simply splendid course. I learned so much and enjoyed it tremendously. I am sad to be at the last lesson. I had many great journaling experiences. I picked three: the spoonbill, one of my first entries in color, and a recent sit spot. IMG_2372 After "Refine a Gesture Sketch," I sketched this spoonbill from a reference photo. We saw it in January on a pre-Covid trip to the Texas coast. I was happy how he turned out. IMG_2370 This was one of my first color attempts. I forgot that I added some lines of poetry to the sketch but I'm glad that I did. IMG_2371 This was from a recent Sit Spot on a dock on an island in Lake Michigan. I so enjoyed drawing these birds from life. I was especially delighted to have plenty of time with the snow bunting. because I so rarely see them. The gull did have feet in case you are worried. He flew away before I could draw them.
    • Isabel
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      Chirps: 30
      IsabelTroyo
      Silky FlycatcherMy moment of greatest inspiration was when I was able to paint this bird in watercolor. I love the watercolor techniques in this course. I admire scientists from past centuries such as Alexander von Humboldt, who also made drawings of his observations. The experience of drawing outdoors is invaluable. Thank you Liz for your teachings I want to keep filling more pages with drawings and paintings.
    • Linda
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      Chirps: 17
      LinElin
      Thanks to everyone for sharing your wonderful journal pages, successes and challenges, and reflections. Thank you Liz for a great learning experience, and your kind and gentle way of guiding us. I will return to these lessons to see what new things have been added. I came across this little poem which described the place I want to be when I am drawing and wanted to share it. unnamed
    • Juan
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      Juan Jo
      IMG_1174 Quetzal, :)
    • Kimmai
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      KimmaiNunnery
      IMG_4139 I put two nature journaling styles in here. One is small quick sketches of different locations while feeling inspired, just like the nature journal-er we saw the first day of class that did daily then monthly entries. The other style is work on color matching to paintings. I notice when I take the time and the weather is right, greatness can occur on my page!
    • Tanis
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      tanislynn
      cardinal flowersketch of cardinal flower These images show how the course has wound its way into my life. The photograph was taken today because I love the colour of the cardinal flower and am still trying to capture it and paint it. Besides the book used for the course I now have one dedicated to wildflowers. This picture shows the information that I have started noting or researching about the flowers. Both painting  and journalling were new to me but are becoming something I love to do now. So thank you to Liz for teaching us ways to improve our skills and to awakening me to journalling. This was a wonderful and enriching course.
    • اليازية
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      Alyazia
      1) The wow moment I felt was during the “Capturing Behaviour” session. When we were asked to sketch as much as we can from the behaviours of birds/animals while watching them for two minutes. Then, drawing a quick sketch within one minute. After that, an extreme sketch of photos within 30 seconds. It was striking to see my 30 seconds then pick one of them to sketch a piece for “Giving Your Drawings Depth” assignment. I was amazed to see the differences between the quick 30 seconds sketch and the proper drawing of more than two hours work. 2) Yes, I have tried two things: A. Imagine your natural subject could talk to you. What would it say? A Conversation between two Sand Bubbler Crabs. Arguing who should leave the hole first.. and one doesn’t want to step out cause he was afraid of the reflection of the sunlight on my iPhone; I placed it there to video the moment it comes - happened for less than 2 seconds only. B. Collect natural items, draw them, and write why you chose each object and where you found them. Collected several types of leaves from the planted trees surrounded us. Printed them on cards to keep a record of what is there by the house. Also, I collected several fallen nests to see what they were built of - guess wha I found! Humans’ hairs, tissue papers, some thin coloured plastics, plant’s roots, feathers, dried leaves, dried grass and extremely thin branches ^_^; ______ Enjoy every moment of while observing the nature , there is always something new to learn ;D
    • Nancy
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      nflexner
      At some point, a long time ago I convinced myself that I couldn't draw--that art just wasn't my thing. Thanks Liz for helping me rediscover the innate artist that has been dormant for years. I recently read that in times of transition and struggle, humans naturally turn toward creative pursuits. It is a way of feeling the life force. Out of chaos something beautiful is created. I am so grateful to have another creative outlet and a way of expressing my profound appreciation for nature. I will use the tools and techniques and simply keep practicing to develop my skills that I know will continue to enrich my life.
    • Stefania
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      Stefiex22
      My favorite nature journaling experience was to learn the watercolors techniques and experiment with them the combination of colors. I truly enjoyed and even if I haven't understood completely how to make colors I love experimenting and mix the white, grey and black with other colors. I liked very much when Liz suggested us to mix a bit of green in the black to have a different type of black. I enjoyed the course very much. I have learnt that observations is important to explore and discovery Tint Tone and SHadeContrast
    • Gayle
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      GPerrine
      IMG_1500   I have really enjoyed this course. It has encouraged me to keep journaling and learning more about nature as well as working to improve my sketching and watercolor skills. My suggestion for myself and all students would be to listen to Liz's advice to "be gentle with yourself".    Thank you Liz!
    • Colleen
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      CBMac7
      76C454EF-F7B3-409C-9F56-CBE3BB4D6F6A 1. My most inspiring session/lesson was learning I was using some of these techniques but didn’t know that I just needed to keep practicing daily to see improvement. Also while doing my latest nature journaling of some of our calves, it really helped to use the layering technique and wait for the paint to completely dry between putting the colors on. I’ve learned that I need to just relax, take my time on some journaling sessions and that sometimes a quick sketch is just as good as a detailed complete drawing. 2. I have yet to try any of the suggested journaling projects, but I have read quite a few that I would like to do. Thank you 😊 Liz for the valuable lessons, encouragement, and guidance along the way. To the fellow classmates/students thanks for sharing your opinions, suggestions, artwork, and comments. This was a very interesting course that I will continue to comeback to for refreshing my skill, continue learning and definitely recommend others to try.
    • Christine
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      ChrisJournal
      This Nature Journaling course was wonderful. I learned so much and the timing was significant. As many weeks were spent around home due to the virus, it was great having something new and fun to do. I really appreciate the way you taught the art concepts, breaking them down and explaining each segment. I learned so much listening and watching you talk us through your observations and sketching as you were doing it, Liz. Your encouragement and guidance made doing something new feel possible.  Thank you very much! Chris BennettIMG_2393
    • Suzanne
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      Suzy64
      I love to draw and paint, usually still life, so this course gave me a new direction, nature as my subject, especially birds. Many members of my family are birders, but I had resisted until now. Instead I watched the bird feeders in my backyard. Once I started this course, I realized how interesting the details of wild life around our feeders are. I am now drawing and painting all the birds that visit our yard: cardinals, sparrows, finches, blue jays, cat birds, hummingbirds, chicadees, robins, starlings, butterflies.  Now I see the variety and am inspired. I really appreciated the self-pacing, opportunities to return to previous lessons and try again, and the constant encouragement by Liz. IMG_7861
    • Cheryl
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      ccdubose
      488509A5-859E-4FCF-BDF1-3C16A1ABF773 I really enjoyed seeing how other people organized their journals.  It gave me ideas on how I want to do mine. Watercolor painting is something I have wanted to do for a very long time.  This course got me started!
    • Giuliana
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      giulianacpferrari
      This was my little project of sketching and painting a photo of this Brazilian toucan. For the first time I was super proud of something 'artistic' that I made, since I was never one to consider myself capable of drawing something good. I only appreciate Liz's work of teaching us how to succeed, and her delightful notes on having fun made this quarantine so. much. more. worth. it. Thank you Liz! WhatsApp Image 2020-05-23 at 11.03.26
    • David
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      David Santos
      Since started this course I've been staying at home, just going out to the garden in a dense urban area. Even so, I'm doing a diary about the "true" nature I see. I'm not drawing the plants and flowers in the garden because they aren't wild. House Sparrow and Blackbirds probably don't agree with me. Some of the suggestions in the list are very good. I hope I already start doing some of them. My final words about this course are:
      • I enjoy very much.
      • I started my project and I share some pages
      • My lastest wow moment happened a couple of days ago when I saw a Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) in my backgarden an event that at least has 30 years.
      I think I improved my painting technic in the last few weeks. Although I'm starting using standard A4 (letter size) for my paintings which is kind of big to take pictures of... 96034028_1326933351030573_2485492162536407040_n95488294_700024257489954_5482599601011687424_n96153390_280650496435921_5240252820044644352_n
    • Craig
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      Chirps: 20
      cmflyer
      Here’s my final project for the class. Being such a strange time I thought I would do something different, which is to create an entry for my office desk which has become my classroom. As I teach remotely I have started to collect science tools and devices that I use in my video lessons. Fortunately I still have access to my classroom. The lack of definite schedule has been one of the strangest things, along with being able to use one of those screen-bearing devices to reply to students anytime anywhere. Anyway good luck to all.FED533F5-31C5-4818-ACC8-B5AB659DD538
      • S
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        twistybear
        Creative idea.
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 23
      whipporwheel
      EE160114-CC59-4348-AD49-FB552D1F986730C7D89B-BF7D-43AE-9149-76D97A70500CHi all,   I’m taking photos of things I see on my nature walks and painting them later, due to cold.  On this particular walk, I went into an arboretum.   Under a cherry tree I found a rustic chair with a copy of “Anne of Green Gables” on it.  Magic!
    • Denise
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      Chirps: 14
      dchaffner
      Today I went for a drive. My favorite park, The Smokies is closed but I knew this one road with a pull off where I could get close. From my car I sat next to a mountain stream and just started to sketch. I thought I would concentrate on just one tree instead of the entire hillside bursting out into color. While sketching I noticed a butterfly go buy and a black crow that thought I had a snack for him. But what really caught my eye was a pair of Canada geese that fly by. Honk, honk, honk. In a split second they were there and gone. Thank you for teaching me to be patient and observant. My color technique will improve because I have a lifetime to work on it.image
    • BJORN
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      Chirps: 39
      suzukiawd13
      IMG_20200408_213951~11 Combining creativity. Abstract/with Realism. I will fine tune this drawing some more. Watercolors are tough to perfect each line. I may used mixed medium again, with a fine Sharpie, to finish, b.k.
      • Tanis
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        Chirps: 23
        tanislynn
        This reminds me of some of the work done by First Nations artists.
    • Patricia
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      whipporwheel
      22E35DC9-E14B-493D-B0FE-0981C9A16DD3It’s still cold where I live, so I take photos of things I observe and then elaborate on them in my journal when I get home.  This is a page showing three renditions of the same subject, a fallen log.   I could go back in and make comments about the new life living in the dead log.  I’ve learned the new skills of gesture drawing  and using loose sketch marks from this course.   I will work on writing more reflections and including more observational comments.   It’s been great!
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        Wow I love the comparison of the details in each of these drawings of the same subject. Thanks for sharing this. Inspirational.
    • Heidi
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      HeidiTas
      https://www.paperbarkwriter.com/finding-joy-and-calm/?fbclid=IwAR3OfoYbcg8pc7r_Gg-S3aTIJSUn0KhIjsj_lHfOeJTCcT49SM5s3b455F8   I am not sure if a link will work here, but I found this blog and accompanying book to be very helpful, as I am working on this course in Australia, but all the examples are North American.  There is a free pdf book on the sight as well.  Wonderful, inspiring work!  I love reading and looking at examples of others' work to inspire my journaling. Paperbark  
    • Jeanne
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      Chirps: 1
      Jeanne_FL
      I've been progressing from simply enjoying the outdoors to actively pursuing knowledge of the natural world around me. I began birding a few years ago, and by that I mean that I started trying to actually identify the birds I was seeing. Learning is the goo of life, and as I became more proficient with the IDs, the goo oozed into learning about habitats, migration, behaviors, and more. As I began this learning adventure, that goo continued to expand to the plants, animals and the sea creatures that share our world. In the last few years I have taken several of the online Cornell courses, which I highly recommend. Through the years, I would write a daily journal page only when I traveled, but I tended to spend a lot of time taking photographs, and I never thought to include drawings and paintings in my journals. My goal in taking this course was to learn how to better document things that stimulate my senses in the field, and to enhance my experiences in the great outdoors.  Drawing and painting do not come easily to me, but I try to keep in mind that what I am doing is just for my pleasure, that I don't have to try to make a masterpiece, and that the doing will not only get my creative juices flowing, but make me a better steward for our beautiful and fragile planet. Though I did not post my pages along the way, I wanted to let Liz know how much I enjoyed her course. She has a wonderful teaching style and I appreciate the detail and demonstrations she provided.  I will continue to practice all of the techniques and tips she taught, and to try to incorporate things that I've learned into my journal pages. Having the ability to refer back to the course as I continue to venture out in nature, increasing my observations skills and enjoying the creativity of journaling, is invaluable and inspiring. I just want to say thank you to Liz Clayton Fuller for sharing her passion and artistic expertise, and say how much I enjoyed taking your course. To say I'm impressed and inspired is an understatement! Many thanks also to Cornell for providing such a wonderful platform for learning. Best to you all....Jeanne
    • Joanne
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      jbartkus
      Here’s my first watercolor painting of an immature barn swallow. I take lots of bird photos, and others have made paintings from my photos, and I have wanted to do the same. This course gave me the tools and courage to give it a try. I have lots of room for improvement, and am looking forward to my next attempt. The challenge is in deciding what to tackle next. AAE3275B-B271-421E-8889-B7FB993419DB
      • S
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        twistybear
        Great work
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        Wonderful feathered details. Very realistic. Thanks for sharing this.
      • Tanis
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        tanislynn
        You must have developed a lot of patience to capture the swallow at this stage. Hope you continue to paint more of the birds that you have photographed because this one is wonderful.
    • Donna
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      Chirps: 15
      jalexaphotography
      My nature journaling has mostly been with a camera. I've learned so much getting out on the trails and looking for things as I hike. Journaling through illustration and writing is going to add more to the experience. I think I'll combine the two: photography and nature journaling while on my hikes. That way, I can write details about the experience instead of just creating an image and moving on from there. While I remember my photography experiences out in the field, I'm interested to see what other memories journaling will retain.
    • Pamela
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      pamelajohnson
      I’ve finished the online course today and I’m reminded of my first thought when I started the course; the journaling process reminded me of ancient cave painters. Why did that image come into my mind? In exploring the thought, it occurred to me that they were getting in touch with their surrounding and wanted to express what? Wonder, awe, or just the process of observing and learning about the world around them. They didn’t have watercolors or tablets, photographs or the internet to work from, any of the tools we have today but, I suspect their motives were the same as ours. They were drawing from memory the fleeting images of the animals around them. What beautiful simple images – using minimal lines and color They used value and perspective with simple lines to convey an image.
    • Donna
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      Chirps: 32
      donnacnh
      I spent some time reviewing several lessons, especially the layering and waiting for layers to dry.  I took a photo of a Ring-Bill Gull on Monday and it stayed in place for me to make some good observations.  Yesterday I spent a while drawing the gull and asking some questions such as; Why was it staying on the sign so long and did the metal sign hurt it’s webbed feet? Today I took my time painting and waiting between layers, and am happy with the results. Thank you Liz, for your very well presented instructions or this would not have been possible. D60683B1-0B36-4E72-AD1D-59E22F317CDB  
      • S
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        twistybear
        Love this guy.
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        Gorgeous drawing and reflection of the course.
    • Donna
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      donnacnh
      Journaling with Liz has helped me to slow down and look at things rather than snap a photo and move on.  I really had a ton of fun drawing and painting acorn caps then comparing the texture of the acorn caps to other things such as the scales of pinecones and some leaf buds. My most interesting observation was of a silver alder after leaf drop when only the cone-like seed fruit was at the end of a few branches that I found.  I was able to make a good drawing of this but did have to break off the branch end to bring home to draw due to it being only 20 degrees out at the time, Dec 2nd.  In my notes, I compared this to the pine cones and the texture of the acorn caps then asked why certain similar structures are found in different species of plants. I teach middle school science and this course has helped me to develop my own personal observation skills and to use what I have learned in my own teaching.  I am also more confident in my drawing skills and continue to practice gesture drawings on just about any event, and even when watching hockey on TV. My journal says that paint will continue to challenge me, especially figuring out how to mix the right colors, but it is getting better with practice almost every day.  I plan to keep at it and look forward to spring when I can do more painting outside without freezing.
      • Donna
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        donnacnh
        That should be Speckled Alder not Silver Alder.
    • Jessica
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      Jessica_Ballard
      Its been nice going back outside and exploring my environment, I hope to use my new skills and inspire the kids that I teach about the beauty of their community. It's easy to walk by things with tunnel vision, but this class encourages me to look around more and notice certain details that I didn't see before. I'm happy that I took this class to challenge my skills as a scientist and help explain various organisms with visuals instead of just words.
    • Kati
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      Chirps: 12
      KatiJackson
      I plan to use my journaling skills to document the nature around my home and to connect even further with my wild neighbors.  I look forward to bring my journal and my new skills with me on my trip out west in the spring. Winter will be tough because it's dark when I get home from work, so I will likely be practicing drawing and painting photos of birds!  Thank you Liz and everyone at Cornell academy who made this course possible.
    • mary jo
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      mary jofleming
      It has been a joy going back to journaling. For years I journaled every trip recording places, birds and wildflowers. I often drew them to remember. Once I started drawing as art, I neglected my journals. My husband and I are spending November in Utah canyonlands. What a perfect place to practice. The juniper titmouse has been flitting around our campsite all week 20191116_100617at Dead Horse Point State Park.
      • Donna
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        donnacnh
        Nice!
      • Tanis
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        tanislynn
        What a great way to record your trip. I usually take photos and recently added journaling. The variety you captured with your pictures gives a fuller picture of the area you visited.
    • mary jo
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      mary jofleming
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      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        I really love this drawing of the bird looking at its reflection. Simply beautiful.
      • Linda
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        LinElin
        What a wonderful drawing, thanks so much for sharing it!
    • Maureen
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      mkrivo
      Nature Journal Monarch I said I wasn't going to share my work, but here at the end, I want to simply to show an entry as a way of saying thank you to Liz and all of you at Cornell who made this class possible. I took the class to improve my observation skills, as well as my art (I'd never tried watercolor before and had been wanting to), and feel I got so much more in return. Not only have I given myself permission to slow down and allow time for curiosity and exploration, I think I've found a new way to completely lose myself in what I am doing. The Moleskine watercolour album you recommended in the supply list has 72-pages in it - perfect for documenting all the interesting things I see and discover over the course of a year. I look forward to creating a new "book" every year, which I expect will not only be a gift to myself to go back and re-visit from time to time, but something relevant to share with my closest friends and family. Thank you - not only for this class, but everything you do.
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        Gorgeous looking drawing and thanks for sharing your work. Your drawing is very realistic, detailed, & inspirational.
    • Sandy
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      SRMelton
      My work at home (farming) and not at home (raft guiding) takes me outside regularly. Doing the exercises in this journaling course has instilled a desire, each day, to spend a little bit of focused time outside being, without a lot of doing. Seeing there are so many others sharing experiences through their journaling  gives me hope that our natural worldIMG_0052 has a chance!
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