Did these sketches on two different days, found that the exercise helps me notice characteristics of behavior that are missed in taking photos. It is freeing to not worry about detail, yet look for the lines that define the subject. I need much more practice but it will be fun to do!
Spending time out in our backyard doing this exercise drives home the truth in the above statement, on The Benefits of Awe. It was indeed uplifting and I found that words flowed on the page --so nice to describe what you see and are attempting to depict, I love to learn more about what I observe, this makes it so easy to remember. One additional thing I learned in this exercise: do not use chalk pencils, unless you wet them.
I spent about 15 minutes doing this sketch, I have spent most of my time in nature taking photos, this course on my first day, is already quite an eye opener. Spending some time drawing this bird allowed me to notice more identifying details and I like making notes. I can identify with Elois, drawing from photos is good in some ways, but it is hard to breath life into the sketch.