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


  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.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement!

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

  4. Thanks for sharing, you inspire me!


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