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  • May
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    May-A-A
    The date on my journal page should be 5th Jun. not 6th of Jun. It seems I was thinking of my next project when i was finalizing the last project for this course!
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Nature journaling was an exciting venture for me. The most inspiring session was going out and drawing real trees and flowers in my journal. I never done this before, so I learned so much from this experience. I have a packed sack of tools I need to go out and start observational drawing. Especially after going out and choosing a set spot and observing, then drawing, it was an amazing experience. I suggest that a person should have all the tools ready. In addition, set a special journal for outdoors experiences, to jot down thoughts and draw observations and ideas. write questions and look for answers. Looking back at the journals I set for this course, I found out that I have learned a lot. I can organize my pages, look and draw then reflect and jot thoughts. I found out that nature journaling is an educational experience that is open for all to observe the environment around us and discover the beauty of nature. I was surprised about the ability to draw moving birds. The exercises were exceptional. I feel more confident about drawing birds and flowers from real life and images. My growth in the field of drawing following the tips in this course is more than I expected. I can draw what i see. I can recognize negative spaces. I can understand proportions and transfer it into my sheet. Color is easier now. I am more confident to paint my drawings on set. I will keep on exploring, especially botanical drawings. For now, I see me going after the beauty of flowers to draw and explore. Then will look at the beauty of birds. Below are images from my journals in which I documented my journey throughout the course. Thank you for the wonderful experience. IMG_1840 IMG_1841
  • May
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    May-A-A
    I don't have a favorite nature writer, yet! At the beginning of the course, the quote by Annie Dillard was inspirational: "At a certain point, you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the word, Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive". I wrote it down in my note book and started researching about the author. She has interesting books which I added to my 'list to read' this summer. Hopefully! I was inspired by her words, it reached deep into my heart and made me rethink and relook at things. "The woods, the sea and mountains", I will add the flowers, the birds and the skies  I will look closer and listen to the whispers of beauty immersed in each petal and each feather and each cloud, then say, I'm here looking and listening. Below are the images from my nature journal, I have two now, one for my drawing and observation experiences without color, then added one for observation with color, which will be filled with the beauty of nature. Thank you Liz. IMG_1839   IMG_1838
  • May
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    May-A-A
    I was so excited to look at both drawings. The recent one was more refined. The drawing techniques were fun to put into practice. I focused on negative spaces which helped to get a better drawing. I felt good about the proportions. Need to work on edges and make the bird 3D by applying layers of colors to show form and detail. I'm pleased with both drawings because it was my first time to draw and paint birds in a journal! Thank you for all the tips and tutorial that made this possible. Below are my two drawings of the Yellow Warbler. m
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Organizing material: Preparing my tools in a special bag helped so much. I had everything I needed and I was ready to go. While outdoors, I needed an extra empty bottle to discard used water. I will include it for next time. Responding to observation with drawing and water color is challenging and fun. It is exciting to mix colors to match with nature. I became more curious and tried to find answers to the questions I had during my observations. Below is my trial of capturing very nice trees. It is amazing how you see things differently when you draw and paint. Water color is a wonderful medium, because it is transparent and works well while painting outdoors. Negative space helped so much. I managed to correct proportions and draw more accurately. 21
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Very nice. Thank you for sharing both the pencil drawing and the watercolor one. It helps to look at and compare.
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Beautiful
  • May
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    May-A-A
    I applied all the techniques to get the feel of them. I'm familiar with them, yet i discovered that dry brushing techniques add texture to rough surface. Adding color and sweeping the edges is a technique I would like to share because it helps define the edges and give the shape a nice tidy look. For future journaling, I feel much more confident to apply the glazes over added color to mute it down. Following the drawings shared, they helped to implement the techniques and compare with the drawings. Thank you. Below are the practice drawings I did. It took a long time, but was fun. 1   2 3
  • May
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    May-A-A
    c I forgot to upload this image.
  • May
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    May-A-A
    I've been painting and exploring with watercolor for a the past five years, beginner level. Watercolor is fun, but not easy to paint with. Yet, I'm learning so much through this course, I found it easy to mix and experiment. I created a color pallet for my pansies, which I bought a week ago so as to paint them.. I didn't think of creating a pallet though! Now I did. It is more fun and the colors pop out when I create a pallet. I noticed the brightness of colors, Also, I  noticed the same color has tints, tones and shade. This made it easy to paint the subject. Some colors relate  to each other. The color theory make is so visible for me. This was an amazing experience. Below the experimentation I did with colors, tint, tone and shade. The pallet of colors.   tts pallet  
  • May
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    May-A-A
    The points I jotted down about drawing skills helped a lot to do this drawing. I felt more confident when I started drawing. Using sketchy lines made it easy to depict subjects on paper. Looking at negative space is more naturally now. The challenging aspect of the drawing was the proportion/ Yet. by measuring techniques it became more easy. Looking at negative space helped so much. may
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Drawing upside-down was interesting. I looked at shapes and negative spaces. Arcs were challenging to draw. I learned so much about the subject. When I turned it to look at the final drawing, I was amazed. 1-   2-
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Drawing in the field is challenging. I'm looking at subjects that I like at the same time I'm trying to capture what I see on 2D sheet. Measuring proportion and thinking about negative space are amazing to depict what I see and manage my drawings. Measuring proportions made my drawing more realistic. Before, I used to produce drawings that looks a bit similar to the object I'm drawing but size varies. Now I can see the relation within the object itself and measure its components. It is making looking and drawing more easy. thinking about negative shapes is amazing when I draw in the field. Measuring proportions is easy when looking at subjects that are not moving. When the subject is moving its challenging. I did not give it a try yet. I'm working on subjects that are not moving for now. I will give it a try when I grasp the concept and becomes easy to draw the exact proportions of subject. Below are two drawings of subject on my porch. It was a beautify day to draw and enjoy both techniques.   IMG_1117IMG_1118
  • May
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    May-A-A
    flamingoDrawing the negative space to show the flamingo
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Measuring proportions helps at looking at far away object to depict the proportions of each element on a 2D surface. Below are two drawings, the first measuring inside of space. The second measuring an outside scene. Both drawings where measured using the pencil. insideoutside
  • May
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    May-A-A
    While observing outside  to find something moving to capture the movement on paper, I spotted a humming bird and a pigeon. My cat joined in this morning observation session!   gestures drawing-Nov-6
  • May
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    May-A-A
    I noticed that gesture drawing make me focus more on subject and try to capture movement quickly. When looking at the drawings, I noticed that o mech is revealed that I did not pay attention to when I was looking. It clarifies movement in an interesting way. Also, it shows postures and give a hint about behavior. I will keep trying this technique in my future drawings. Below are my drawings while watching the videos for this course. 1 2
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Contour drawing helps in looking closely to object. I found it easy it is an 2D object. Especially if it is flat. Yet, rounded and curved object was a bit challenging to draw from image. As for taking it to the outdoors, the first trial with my pot of cactus was not a success-erased it. I attached the second trial which depicted the contour line of the cactus in pot. The below are the drawings for the images in the course. 12   My trial drawing the cactus in pot. 3
  • May
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    May-A-A
    I learned to look closer. I've always had those flowers around but never noticed the inner of the flower nor how the color blends smoothly. I would always try to draw, write and notice numerical data because it clarifies so much about the flower. Comparison-Study
  • May
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    May-A-A
    Many themes, it was a challenge to decide which to work on first. F3FA25F3-C208-43DE-BE0E-AD17FC0FC3D31F745DAA-850F-4D37-9940-8B7C352EC087
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