1. It was fun and interesting to draw from the photo. I noticed right away that preparing to draw/paint made me look much more closely at the details of the bird. The general shape was easy but capturing the nuances is hard. The particular way the bird is holding his head and body is hard to capture. 2. There is lots in the photo I would not have noticed, like the streaks of red on the breast and how some of the wing and tail feathers are primarily black. I would like to learn how to capture some of these important details without getting too hung up on trying to produce a ‘technical drawing’ of whatever I am seeing.
1. What inspired you to begin nature journaling? I live on a ranch—I spend lots of time outside and my house has lots of windows so I’m constantly hearing and seeing nature. I take lots of pics but wanted a way to draw/paint and write to capture my days. 2. Which ideas do you want to try? I like that all the journals I saw are sort of continual and stream of consciousness. I do like tracking the date, conditions, and other notes about what I’m observing. I really like the magnified views and details the one journaler did.