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  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Pretty colors, Matt. I like the realistic look you were able to depict with not all perfect shaped leaves and the depth and variety of looks to your leaves. Thanks for sharing.
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Lovely story along with your lovely journal page. Thanks for sharing both.
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Hi Joanna, I like your thinking. I feel a bit the same way. I feel perfection strains my creativity and natural ability to sketch what I see. If I wanted perfect, I would just take a photo or find a perfect with Google and print it. I find one wrong line is not the end of the world and is the beginning of my creativity of really making a sketch my own. Sounds crazy I guess but that is me. I am sketching and drawing so many other projects and things along the way slowing my course to make certain I am learning to apply the concepts as I go along. I am a bit farther along in the course than you as started a good while back. Right now I am to the adding color part and have really taken a break from the class just to try out watercolors and brushes I already have - I am finding them quite nice. I had never thought of sketching out my pic first and then adding watercolors. I had always just thought you created with the brush. I drew three intricate roses yesterday and instead of the usual colored pencils, I used watercolors. It went quite well ---hahaha...until I got to the background which I suspect I was supposed to have done a wash first before painting anything else. I flubbed it but that is okay....I scanned before adding color so I can do it again if I so desire. Probably not, though. Will just sketch a different kind of flower and give it another try. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I really think you are going to be very successful - remembering it's not about perfection but the experience. I like that! Sketch Flower Rose Last Day Of May Loves Watercolor
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Hi Caroline, Congratulations on your retirement. I wish you joy and many adventures on your RV tour and look forward to hearing or reading some of your exciting journal entries. Thanks for sharing.
  • Shir
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    @Dale Hi Dale, I have been wondering about that, too, re watercolor to my sketches. I usually scan my sketch before I add color as even with pencils sometimes color changes my sketch. I decided to print a couple of those and add watercolors. The sketches have detail of the feathering of wings, etc. but after adding the paints though they look nice, I have lost my feather detail. So am hoping to gain a bit of skill of how not to do that. Taking a breat from the instruction at present and as Liz asked us, just trying to get familiar with my watercolor and art supplies and play around with colors, etc. before continuing on to the next section. It has been fun so far.

  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    I still have a bit of work to do on this wren. The open mouth is giving me a bit of trouble. Working with negative spaces is becoming more naturally. The crown of the head is giving me a bit of trouble. Hahaha...meant to go back and work on the wing....I forgot about it....I know it is not scalloped like that. Sketch Nature Journaling And Field Sketching Bird Marsh Wren Refining
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    It is interesting how seeing things differently really help. The negative concept I understood but found it hard to apply as I wanted to focus on the main subject - so I took a break and starting drawing landscapes for a bit - Bingo, I began to see the negative space in a different way. The upside bird was fun and was easy to follow proportion and placement. Sketch Nature Journaling And Field Sketching Bird Greater Upside Down Sparrow
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    It is definitely different from a still subject which I knew that about the birds in taking photos of them. The photo you plan is completely different pose by the time you snap. I observed an interesting move by a bluejay this morn on the top tier of my feeder. He appeared to be jumping up and down. I had never seen one do that before. I think my feeder station is going to be a great practice for gesture in real time if I can just put my camera down long enough. It has never occurred to me before to pick up my sketch book and try to sketch what I see at the feeder. I plan to really work on it. Thanks for a good lesson.
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    What a sweet picture. Love your presentation.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #694778
  • Shir
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    Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Flower Comparison
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Laura, I like your bird's stance and the glint in the eye. Nicely done. Enjoy the class and take your time and savor each activity. That is what I am doing...I want it to last forever so I take time to practice and do many examples for each lesson before moving forward as the class is self-paced. Just wanted to take a moment to welcome and encourage you as you move fwd through the class. Happy Nature Journaling and Field Sketching through your days.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #693149
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Connie, I think you are okay. The directive said to sketch this bird with no directions and that you will be asked to sketch it again at the end of the course using the techniques and skills you have acquired during the course. I like your sketch. I think everyone is on varying levels of skills. I understand your thoughts as was doing some thinking myself as to whether I needed to even be in this class judging by the expertise of others. Then I thought it is okay....I am here to learn at my own rate. Just have fun and enjoy each step of the way. You really captured the glint in its eye.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #684389
  • Shir
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    Wow, you had a lot of patience and precision to make all of those neat repetions for so many blossoms. I have sketched lily of the valley before but not like this so I googled and found that lily of the valley bush is entirely different from the lily of the valley flower. Thank you for sharing and great sketching. Keep on sharing.
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Well, I tried your spot sit that you suggested plus still doing my birdsitting out back as well. I think I will drive down next time. I packed my items I wanted to carry in my Audobon field type bag. I have a folding stool so with that in tow and my camera I headed down to the woods edge where a creek flows through close to the woods. The area has a closed sign due to the virus thing. So I just sat by the edge near the roadside. Was a great experience but shorter than I had planned as needed to run back home. That's why I said perhaps I should drive down so no need to rush right back home. I have written my notes and thoughts and sketches in my sketchpad to share. Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Spot Sitting At The Edge Of The Woods
  • Shir
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    BirdShir

    @Paula Paula. Why not stop and sketch your wildflowers while they are there. Wildflowers are nature and can add spark to your journal. You can apply your skills to the flowers. Anything you sketch is another step to sketching the bird you might want to sketch later. Your bird could be in a field of wildflowers or by a wildflower or two. The class is self paced and you can take as long as you want. I just read a Japanese proverb that said ,"Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing still." I want it to last a long time and am pacing it out. I have sketched more things that are not for the class than I have for the class. It's Easter so many Easter sketches, a Carolina chickadee feeding its young on a tree branch, a lady sitting in a comfy chair, etc and yes, flowers, too. Just have fun with the class and back away when it is not fun or pleasure. Thanks for sharing your desire to sketch wildflowers and I hope you share a few with us.

    in reply to: Jump Right in! #682267
  • Shir
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    Day 6 and 7 and today was too windy to  be under tall trees outside. Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting 6 Five Bluebird Eggs In Box   Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting 7 Wind And Fallen Branches
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    This next one I had trouble depicting the yard art cardinal. I changed its position from the day before. I actually plopped it in a flower pot so it would be facing me. What I had trouble with was its left wing. Some how the way it was positioned that wing was straight out but somehow lifted a bit so I could partially see the underside. I tried sketching that but instead of it being raised it was more like it was hanging down...so erased and just quickly filled it in so that one is a do again. Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting 5  
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    Day 3 and Day 4 Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting 3 This Day 4 was by far the most exciting and fun day so far. Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting 4
  • Shir
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    BirdShir
    I started what I call bird sitting last Friday 5/3/2020. I don't put a time limit on myself might be 30 min or could well be an hour. It varies. I am going to make several posts and share my sessions with you and each day is a new adventure and never boring or the same. Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting Day 2 Sketch Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Bird Sitting 2
  • Shir
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    Wow! A belted kingfisher. I would love to see one. They say they are on our riverbank but I have yet to see one. Not giving up. That is a fine sketch. Like your journal entry.
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