So, in preparation for the workshop, I thought I'd start a dedicated nature journal that I can work on throughout the coming year. All of my other nature sketches are scattered throughout random sketchbooks; I think it will be nice to now have one book dedicated to nothing but trees, bugs, skies, flowers, etc. Here's the first page, from the last weekend in October...
|Two-page spread in a Stillman and Birn 5-1/" x 8-1/2" Beta Series sketchbook, ink & watercolor|
My plan is to have a decorative border on each page. I really enjoy the mindless repetition of drawing border designs like this. Each little element is so simple, but they all add up to make a nice frame for the page. It's like a meditation for me when I'm working on them.
The lettering and border were drawn with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, size S (Superfine.)
For the sketches, I used a Sakura Pigma Micron, size 01.
I've made a good start on my new nature journal. Now let's see if I can keep it up through the winter. I may have to really think creatively to find subject matter at times, but I think it will be good exercise to look for signs of life in nature when it's ten degrees outside. Brrr! It's hard to even think about that right now!