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  • Kati
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    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.
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    I enjoyed writing about the bird alarms I had heard this morning. It was very much not their usual baseline chorus. I spent time trying to figure out what all the hubbub was about. Writing down the different birds that were all in on it, helped me feel more connected to them. I also spent time writing about the sheep on our farm, noting their subtle behaviors and different characteristics. a very nice calming exercise!
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    using the skills we learned for measuring proportions and working with negative space definitely improved my work overall. i tried much harder to make sure i was seeing the shape, and not just the object. i'm very happy with the results! beforeafter  
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    i maybe cheated a little, i painted this from my window, so i was able to have all my supplies out on the table. i need to come up with a way to have a clean water cup while out in the field. my paint tin is fairly small, so it's easy to carry around. i really love using color to capture shadows, more so than just with pencil.   IMG_8988
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    i found this pretty difficult, because i couldn't concentrate enough. It's probably because i'm less excited about contour line drawing, and i'm more interested in gesture drawing, or shading.  i definitely will need to practice more. IMG_20191103_142645
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    i wasn't able to get outside, but my cat proved to be a great source for getting proportions right. For the most part she sat still long enough to get good measurements. Proportion has been a struggle so I'm glad to have had this practice!
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    i really love gesture drawing because it helps me stay loose. i find it fun to try and keep up with the subject, but also note that it can be frustrating. In the fox video, the kit is so active, and i really wanted to capture that playfulness, but when they won't sit still, it can be really tough!   IMG_8750IMG_8749IMG_8748
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    i had trouble with this at first, but i'm so glad i did it. I have both Goldenrod and Mugwort in the same part of my yard. when the goldenrod is done blooming, it can be very hard to tell them apart.  but taking time to note the small details, helped me see the differences. Surprisingly, i also noticed a lot of similarities, especially in the flower buds. they have very similar height, and spacing where they grow, and very similar colors. Oh and the smell of mugwort. so lovely! Although my first focus was on drawing and painting in this course, i'm starting to really like taking notes. I hardly ever write with a pencil anymore, it's tough, but good to keep the skill alive! (i say as I type).. :) IMG_8735
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    well i only had time to sit in my front yard, which was way quieter than usual. but i observed a hummingbird fight, young turkeys establishing a pecking order, and some goldenrod with some beautifully colored leaf fungus(?) usually the yard is alive with Towhees, white-crowned and gold-crowned sparrow, oak titmice, bewicks wrens, and goldfinches, but it was very very quiet.   IMG_8493
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    glad to have the refresher course in shading and chiaroscuro. i've been painting a lot of fruit and veggies lately, so great for practicing! IMG_8478
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    i like drawing from photos. it gives me much more time to study the detail, although i'm trying to stay loose. I find proportions the most challenging aspect, and i'm hoping this course will help fine tune my drawing skills. i would not have noticed the lichen at first. I think it's important to make note of those details in writing, as they do help complete the story of what you are seeing. IMG_8475
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #645539
  • Kati
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    KatiJackson
    I was inspired to start nature Journaling after receiving the California Field Atlas by Obi Kaufman.  i found his lose watercolor style to be so beautiful yet detailed enough to get a real sense of the subject. i painted with Acrylics in college, but watercolors were never my style. I decided to give them a try as a way to illustrate my love for nature. I wanted something beyond a quick iphone photo which is easily forgotten, once it get's lost in the mix.
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