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  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    Activity #2 & #3: Apparently we can see hummingbirds, chimney swifts, and Northern Rough Winged Swallows where I live. I have never seen these during my trips outside. I've seen hummingbirds only at feeders in regions north of me and south of me. I would love to see one in the wild! I'll have to try activity #1 when the rain stops here!
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    Activity #1: I am fascinated by the Secretary bird. It's near blindness unless it's prey move makes me think of Jurassic Park and the fact that T-Rex may have had similar qualities. Could it be that the secretary bird is a downsized version of the former kind of dinosaurs? It's pretty cool to think of it that way. Activity #2: I've been birding recently with more experienced birders. Some birds that I have seen/learned about are Orchard Orioles (found a nest!); King Birds (also found a nest and learned about their territorial personalities; Red-Tailed Hawks - these are the birds that got me into birding along with the Falcon. Next to our family garden plot live a pair of hawks and it's cool to watch them hunt, observe, swoop over us, and escape all the blackbirds that want them out of their space. Activity #3: BlueBirds! So many people have bluebird nest boxes it's cool to observe them. We've watched them lay eggs, the eggs have hatched, some aggressive sparrows are being fought off, and they go out and get food to feed the babies.
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    Comparison between my two sketches (I chose not to use color for the second one either): - both heads still need a bit of work - my shading and line usage is SO MUCH BETTER - everything is far more proportional in general, looks more realistic - drawing with more confidence My drawing has improved so much. I've always loved art and nature, but haven't ever had anyone really break down all the art skills and strategies. I'm hoping to take some more photos of landscapes and paint those too. Really enjoyed this class and can clearly see the progress. These sketches are EXACTLY two months apart. IMG_1214IMG_1215
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I found that the water brushes don't work for me but regular water color brushes. I loved painting this and it's by far my best watercolor painting...ever. Putting it all together worked well. image0
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I need to work on actually painting, but I love making colors. I used to spend a lot of time color matching paint colors to the photographs I took of landscapes. This reminded me of a time in my childhood when I took time out to paint. I'm enjoying this part of the course so far! image0
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    Here is my refined drawing! I had a lot of fun doing this and it looks so much better! Using negative space and proportions, I was able to get its position and body just right. Adding some texture and shading made it come to life. I feel like I was able to capture it in motion. I love drawing from photographs I always feel like it gives me the time to get the shapes and colors and values just right. 3AF12D27-5CBA-447F-8FC8-CFFEC484D321
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I found this challenging with proportions (Again!) That is my biggest struggle in drawing and always has been. I had to take a break after several tries then got back to it. Now it looks better, but not quite right. Using negative space really helps me adjust my drawings and shift things to the right spot or shape or position. Overall, I was pleased with how it turned out! image0 (1)
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I think with more practice I will definitely be able to have better proportion in the field. It's a good guideline to make sure everything is more accurate and looks like a more professional drawing. Also, when the drawing is better I find it to be less distracting with reviewing the notes and information written down in the observation. image0
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    It is making me practice being loser and more focused on impression rather than details. It means you can capture a lot of what is happening and then combine/refine that information down the line. You notice lines and shapes a lot more, and perhaps the specific lines and shapes that you need to focus on for that subject rather than more of the details like fur, or colors, etc. It took a few minutes for something to pop up outside since I was in front of my apt complex, but eventually I spotted a crow to draw. It is really challenging to start the gesture drawings but the longer you work on it the better is is. IMG_0544
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I'm not sure it helped me stay focused on the subject. I found myself thinking a ton about the lines. I was watching my subjects intently but I could immediately tell that it wasn't really going anywhere. My bird of paradise flower wasn't so bad, but mostly I'm not sure I found this helpful for my journaling in general, but was an interesting exploration of hand-eye coordination without looking down at your hands.
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I compared two plants in my house. It's been a bit tricky to get outside to do it while hiking with two kids and my husband (also I've been birding! Working on learning the sound!) Just as in the above video, the longer I looked at the plants, the more that I noticed and started off seeing their differences, but after a bit of time started to note some similarities that weren't readily obvious. I enjoyed the focused study! I think adding a lot of different type of information - measurements, height, shape, etc. gives a greater picture of something and in the future can help with identification or with recalling the moment. comparison study
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    At this time of year, I enjoy seeing the patterns of the leaves on the ground that fell last fall. There are different colors, the curves or the points of leaves. Some of the leaves are darker than others, and the fact that they aren't crunchy anymore and as the light filters through the still bare trees it makes for an interesting blanket on the forest floor.
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    It was a lovely experience. Went to a trail not too far from my home and just sat and listened. So many birds were singing (even one I hadn't heard before!) and the water dropped throughout the forest since there had just been a downpour. I am building up my listening skills to be able to pick out birds I hear more readily so I'm working hard on my ability to perceive things through sound. It was relaxin and it was amazing how quickly the time went by. image0
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    My proportions were a bit off - I made him a bit slimmer than he actually is, but it was fun to get back into drawing. I found the ability to see small details for a long time was great, but it would also be nice to incorporate notes about behavior, interactions, etc. It was also great to notice the leaves, and the different color variations of the bird. image0
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #670926
  • Montana
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    mvasquezgrinnell
    I have taken a PD course at the NY Botanical Gardens that featured a lot of nature journaling, and I loved it. I haven't done it in years and not with animals so I want to re-visit and re-learn these techniques and bring it to my students and to my own family. I spend a lot of time in the woods, hiking with my own children and want to work on their observation skills in the field. I love the drawing and writing with boxes. It makes some clear separation while also giving space to write and draw. I love working with pencil so I may do more pencil/shading rather than a lot of water color or perhaps sketching in pencil, copying it, and then coloring it later just to have the comparison.
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