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  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    I painted this from a photo on the Birdwatchers of NH Facebook page.  Still working on balancing values but progress.  I attempted using white pencil for some feather features some show up but not all.  I had fun with this and am happy with the eye details.CA053AFA-6893-410A-89C4-4F5EBA0F3C5E The bird is a White Throated Sparrow.
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    I participated in the Zoom, Bird Anatomy Class today, 3/27/21 and this would have been impossible for me to do with out having completed this Nature Journaling Course a year ago. This is my Bird Anatomy Cheat Sheet that we made with Liz today.   IMG_2720
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Nice!
  • Donna
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    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  
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    48F493C0-1643-44EE-901A-BD107910C3E5 Working on adding color and using references, this one still needs more layering but getting there.
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    That should be Speckled Alder not Silver Alder.
  • 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
    I have been writing for a while adding drawings brings a new dimension to my journaling.     EC6060CB-AAA2-4696-B3B2-3B90A6B3F713
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Day one at the top, today at the bottom, still working on getting the colors right, but more comfortable with composition and form. imageimage
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    gesture drawing of birds at our feeder today during a snow storm.  added in the feeder and some garden fence over some birds.  A good viewing and slowing down to identify some of the birds. P_20191202_151411_1_1
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    I was going to go out today and sketch but the windy 18 degree F weather sent me back inside.  My paint would have frozen faster than it dried.  Outdoor nature journaling is a challenge in New Hampshire this time of year.
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    A comparison study with color added. 6DA1E6D4-6293-43D1-9937-BE9672B2BB38
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Gesture drawings from our highway travels today.  Moving vehicles similar and different.   image
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    A comparison study that I tried to keep to the right proportions, I did use a ruler because the piece of plant was in my hand inside by the time I finished.  Using a hand lens helped for some of the tiny details proportion at the tiny scale is a challenge too.   CE26441A-421B-4121-9209-C8DAD88DCAA0
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    I am enjoying comparison studies, I have been focusing on patterns and got out my hand lens recently for closer looks.  I found that acorns have more texture to them than is obvious to the naked eye and that pine cones are really hard to draw.EA542C86-9799-4594-B1DA-AD07AF4FF5D8
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Another rainy day comparison.  I used a hand lens to look closely at the two plants. 84348607-7F8C-4C86-BB41-EFCFF6C4951A
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Comparison study of two different maple leaves, with shadow and palette practice.  The sugar maple is not quite as dark as I expected, but the watercolors are very new for me.  Not much painting experience or even detailed drawing prior to this course. image
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Autumn garden makes for some good comparison of plants at the end of season. image
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    Wow!
  • Donna
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    donnacnh
    689F4EEB-333F-404A-AE4E-3B0CFA9EF9FD A little rainy day color theory practice.  Never really used water color before much, I like these brushes, but waiting for the paint to dry is tough.  On to the palettes this week.
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