Starting Wednesday and continuing through Sunday I will be attending (virtually) the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference. Five days of various discussions, classes, and virtual field trips related to the intersection of art and nature.
I have been exploring Nature Journaling over the last couple of months.
Getting outside into the woods and challenging oneself to focus on a particular landscape or organism. I have been lucky to have a fiance who encourages us to get out into the woods whenever possible. Double lucky that we live a couple miles from The Fells Reservation. Has provided ample opportunity to explore nature not in passing but in a deeper more intentional manner.
The goal of nature journaling is not to gather a notebook full of pretty pictures. If this was the goal I would not be a candidate to get started. The goal is to record our observations of the natural world, whether this be a coniferous mountain top or a spider building her web in the basement.
There was a raffle, in order to enter the raffle we had to sketch something around the house and post it on the group facebook… so I present to you… a tomato that has been ripening on the window sil.
Admittedly not the prettiest of pictures. Much to be desired about the composition as well. Neither of these are the central point of the exercise. The point is to get information on the page. What has one noticed, what questions does one get from these observations? In a year from now, I will draw the tomato differently, notice other features, and have more questions.
I’m looking forward to getting better at portraying depth in my subjects. This tomato has really interesting edges, feels similar to the edges i’m getting on the peppers that we are growing on our porch.