Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nature journaling and watercolor fun

Writing a blog about nature and gardening is really nature and garden journaling, but I've always wanted to practice real-time with sketching and art, too, but found the format intimidating, even though I loved drawing and art when much younger.

So an all-day workshop around using watercolor in your nature journaling, taught by Elizabeth Ellison, a wonderful artist based in Bryson City, NC at the NC Arboretum, was a wonderful way to encourage myself towards some watercolor artistic expression.

I've never done watercolors before (aside from pen and ink colored ones), with only a dabble into watercolor pencils, but have always loved watercolor art (and wanted to do it.)

I had a totally fun day -- great to learn some techniques and play with color.  I'm signed up for another class (much longer) in a couple of weeks.  It'll be fun.

Here are some of my impressions of trees and mountains, and a container planting (our "subjects" today).
mountains, evergreen trees, and deciduous trees
evergreen and deciduous trees

inspired by a container planting!

heading off with (pristine) art supplies

4 comments:

  1. It shouldn't be intimidating to you---your work is quite good! I have kept a nature journal on and off for years. I find it a really good way to ID and learn the wild plants around me.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. Beautiful, Lisa, and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, you inspire me!

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