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  • Arleene
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    I was actually very pleased with how the drawings turned out. I thought it would be just a bunch of lines on a page. A fun exercise in concentration. Interesting to see how the drawings turned out when starting from different places on the page; left or right, bottom or top. The newt I started at bottom left, the sunbird at the bottom, the flower at the right and the springbok at the lower neck or left. Sorry having trouble uploading all four pictures   3D33AD87-DFE0-49E0-AD69-5BC7B633AEBE  
  • Arleene
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    FDC3B451-3DD5-483B-891A-612AD04599E3 I did several comparison activities. I quite enjoyed doing them. In all cases they were birds I saw in my yard. I did use what I saw in real time along with my pictures and pictures in a bird book for the drawings. Birds move so fast it was hard for me to do a good comparison quickly. I hope this gets easier with practice. I am not sure how I will balance my drawing, writing, etc in my journal. I have taken a hiatus from my course and journal but am now back at it. I am assuming that my journal will evolve with more time using it.
  • Arleene
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    Yes when I use a sit spot and look, listen, and feel what is around me I find I notice more things and this makes me wonder, ask more questions and see things with "awe". Some of the things I have seen, wondered about, enjoyed and researched due to questions that have developed are what makes a whirlpool in a stream or river and how dangerous are they. Why are the white butterflies flying low over my lawn over and over again? Are they looking for food? Are evergreen trees able to take in water and nutrients through their needles? What bacteria is in my garden soil? Why are Nuthatches dominant over Chickadees? A very helpful exercise.
  • Arleene
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    I really like your drawing. In your drawing I can see why the Muscle Tree is called a muscle tree as I can see the smooth waves and ridges of the tree. Same with the Shag Bark Hickory Tree. In the drawing it lives up to it's name.
  • Arleene
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    Yes I found the same thing happened to me so I blocked the writing as well. The facts and observations are so interesting to read though. I enjoyed your comparison study page!
  • Arleene
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    @Kathleen Oh nice drawing. Coming from the prairies in Canada I rarely see anything that comes from the ocean.

  • Arleene
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    Oh lovely, I like the colouring on the head!
  • Arleene
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    Yes that's true one questions leads to another and another. Isn't it great to be so inquisitive! Puts a little spunk back into my step and joy into my heart!
  • Arleene
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    I enjoyed your tomato on the vine
  • Arleene
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    Yes I am more aware of my surroundings and asking more questions from my observations. Prior to this lesson while sitting outside in my front yard I noticed and asked the following questions. There were several sparrows and chickadees eating sunflowers from my feeder. Why do chickadees zoom in grab a seed and carry it off to a tree to eat while sparrows tend to sit at the feeder and eat? Sparrows and chickadees eat one at a time at the feeder, even when paired with the same species. Why is this and how do the birds decide who gets to eat first, age, sex, strength, personality? Something I hadn't noticed before was how long the chickadees is compared to his body and compared to the sparrows tail. Why is this? Why do some birds prefer a dust bath while others prefer a water bath; sparrows and robins. And the birds were feeding continuously and at 215 pm they just stopped. Is it siesta time, get to hot, was there a predator nearby that I could not see?
  • Arleene
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    My sit spot was my back yard in particular the garden. I would like to try a different sit spot but today are smoke levels are dangerously high so I am staying close to home. I will try other sit spots at a later date. I do sit in my backyard and practice mindfulness, similar to what you taught us and yes I do notice that things change over the course of a few days even; plants, animals, insects, smells, weather and sounds. I like trying all the observations but I think what I forget about the most or have to remind myself to do is touch and taste and I never thought to do measurement. I have included part of my journaling and some pictures. The bees caught my eye today, I know they are there but taking the time to just sit and observe I saw so many of them in all sizes. I found out bees are hard to draw. I attempted to draw the bee from this picture several times but couldn't seem to get started.55639447-5BAD-4AFE-91FE-FB2D88CF3E63AD7104C6-3CE9-4041-9FCB-303517341B1E
  • Arleene
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    Here are some of my attempts at using the skills you have taught us. I can see how to apply the techniques but will definitely need more practice. I did enjoy trying them all out. It was fun learning ways to draw and how to use the different marks. Also I found I was more relaxed, not worrying too much about the finished product and just having fun. I like to write notes in the journal as it helps me remember what I did and what techniques I used as well as anything special about that particular sketch. 07AB0AB4-CDBC-44E8-8BEC-E904FC507117_1_201_a8AE91CDB-A04E-4A7E-8F8F-06C3510918CF_1_201_aE0EF82E5-DE9A-4BFF-97C3-09C6C7236F9F_1_201_aI found the 3D shading difficult. I am looking forward to more lessons and practice
  • Arleene
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    Sorry I inserted two images by mistake. Getting used to how this works! I find it easier to draw from a picture rather than in real time. Likely because that is how I drew in the past and the three dimensional aspect is different from a picture. I look forward to learning how to draw in the field. I find the proportions and the detail difficult. I enjoyed examining the bird and the leaves, the variations of color and shading. I would like to learn how to draw quick and simple sketches with enough detail to identify species later on. Looking forward to more lessons!
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #829267
  • Arleene
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  • Arleene
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    Oh pressing flowers, great idea, adding leaves or interesting feathers would be cool too. You made me realize that the journal does not just have to be about drawing but one can use any medium that interests them at the time of discovery!
  • Arleene
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    In my younger years I loved drawing for pleasure and did a lot of it. I did sketches with pencil non coloured and coloured. I have not done this in years and as I was looking at the courses on Bird Academy I noticed this one. When I retired I was gifted a sketch book and pencils but haven't used them yet. I have never sat out in nature and sketched I mainly sketched from pictures. However I love being outside and spend much time outside on backpacking and biking trips, birdwatching, gardening, etc.. I feel this course will be a great course for me to take to bring my love of sketching back into my life. All the journals were interesting, I liked the fact that I can make the journal my own and change how I organize it etc as the mood strikes me. I do like the ones that have the date, place, time and weather indicated for each drawing, as well as the field notes. I found them interesting to read. I feel this would help me recognize a bird, flower, etc..  next time I saw it and it tells a story with pictures and words. Also I feel it will slow me down and make me more aware of my surroundings and the details with in it.
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