I rather liked drawing from the photo, the bird couldn't fly away! Especially a warbler, they move so fast! The details were challenging, specifically the feathers on the wings.
As I was drawing I noticed it looked like the bird was looking back over his/her shoulder at the photographer based on how the body was positioned away but the head was turned. I also noticed so much detail in the branch, the fungus, lichen - I would like to spend time on more identification around that as well as keep up with my bird ID.
I am writing from California, I was inspired to take this class to motivate me and my family to get outside (now that the smoke from wildfires have cleared). I have always felt being in nature is like therapy for me and I need it more than ever. I have always been on/off art projects nothing formal. Nature journaling and sketching seems like a perfect blend of combining art with nature observation. My 11 year old son is an amazing birder and takes great photos. I plan to get us out birding weekly and use that time to journal. I really like the journal that had a daily goal and a monthly goal for adding to the sketch book. I plan to incorporate that into my sketching goals.