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  • Alisha
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    Love this one; caught my eye.
  • Alisha
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    I enjoyed Rachel Carson's piece, I could hear the chorus of birds through her writing.  I also enjoyed the piece about strawberries - feeling the sun's warmth, the smells, and seeing the actual strawberries in my mind. Here's my journal from Nov. 4 2020; I spotted one of three Heron's that frequent the ponds near me in Ottawa.  I wrote today adding to it, from the Heron's perspective: "Oh lady, won't you ever leave me be? I see you approach, quiet, respectful, but I see you there. With your tools and curious eyes.  I don't want to be seen yet here you are. Our eyes meet and nervous, you make me! On edge, I wade.  On edge, I wait. Until it becomes unbearable for me to sit in peace.  I fly away to another corner far away from you.  " image0(10)
  • Alisha
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    I bought a little fold up tripod chair that fits into my tote bag, along with my materials.  I have a large leather pencil case for my pencil/eraser and it fits the watercolour set nicely as well!  I also have on hand my phone and binoculars, and some herbal tea :).  I use the tote on my lap to raise my sketchbook, and it all works nicely. Adding colour helps you observe even more!  When doing this landscape below, I was noticing how the reflection was much darker, and I imagined that the images become sharper and more colourful if the lighting is brighter.  I wondered about humidity, and atmosphere. Its winter here now in Ottawa so my drawings and paintings will most likely be from computer images until spring....but I'm definately building skills regardless.  image0(9)image1(6)image2(4)
  • Alisha
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    Below are some of my experiments with the colours in the KOI set, I never really understood the colour wheel and mixing before!  Its definately challenging to mix colours, and add ones you wouldn't expect.  I really concentrate on what I'm seeing and notice, for example, the orange in the trees are actually orange, some are red, depending on the light and shadows etc. image3(2)image2(2)image1(5)
  • Alisha
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    Beautifully done!
  • Alisha
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    Beautiful and very accurate!
  • Alisha
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    It was difficult, and I had to keep focused!  I was surprised that when I flipped it around it actually looked much like the bird I was drawing.  The details were hard to do (markings on chest).  I guess that tells me that if you really draw exactly what you see and don't be limited by the overall appearance, you can be accurate :)
  • Alisha
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    This was a neat exercise - yes it did help me focus on the subject, and only on the outline and contours.  I was surprised that I was able to capture the general form :) image0(5)
  • Alisha
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    I'm captivated!  Beautiful!
  • Alisha
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    Beautiful feathers, what a great idea!  I have some from the same bird, and will give it a go!
  • Alisha
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    I completed my sit spot this afternoon, in Ottawa,Ontario (Canada), at a stormwater facility pond.  I sat for about 30 minutes, in the afternoon.  I definately plan to return there for another sitting :).  I saw the colours, noticed the sunlight shining through the various grasses and plants, and took time to notice things like the air, temperature, and sounds.  This process was very meditative...and immersive! The observations that come easily are the more obvious ones, like cat-tails, taller swaying grasses, and the pond water.  It took some time, but I noticed the milkweed, how it has dried up now in Autumn, and how fuzzy white hairs were spilling out of them.  I questioned what the fuzzy white things were, also wondered if they were the same fluffs in the wind and air all around me.  Upon closer inspection, from seated position and then later picking up a fallen seed, I realized yes, the fuzzy stuff coming out of the milkweed are in fact seeds that probably have those hairs sticking out of them because they help them fly around and spread.  I definately want to follow the milkweed through the 4 seasons and see what happens! Keep you all posted :)image0(3) Alisha
  • Alisha
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    Hello there!  I was inspired to begin nature journaling about four years ago.  Having just moved from Toronto, to Ottawa Ontario, I was exploring some new hobbies including photography, cross country skiing, and nature journalling!  I took an EdEx course called Illustrating Natural History, which was wonderful, however I'm even more excited about this course as it will include birds!  Like many of my fellow students here online, I've had a lifelong passion for birds, learning about them, watching them, and enjoy bird painting/arts in my spare time.  What excites me most about the journalling is that it really helps one develop an eye for details, and appreciate the natural world so much more deeply!  I also look forward to this process helping me document, and identify plants and birds on my nature walks. I want to ensure my journal has a real blend of science and art.  I want to include lots of descriptive writings, and I also want to have sketches that I can reflect on later that are accurate, and aesthetically pleasing.  I'd like to observe and record any behaviours, patterns, things I notice.  I was really impressed with the journal of the spider/bee and the memory the writer had of that moment in time. I started a new mixed journal at the beginning of the Pandemic, and in it I included some backyard birds.  I would sketch, and fill with colour pencil or watercolour, and then add some descriptions that I'd learned through some simple web searches.  It helped me learn basics of each bird.  I kept 1 bird per page, and my goal had been to draw all birds I saw.  Sadly, my journal was not meant for watercolour and so the pages wrinkled :(.   Birding June 13 009Birding June 13 008Birding June 13 007 Happy journalling! Alisha
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