I am so happy to be able to share my book with you. It was a labor of love and I hope you will find tidbits to help free yourself to create your own Nature Sketchbook.
Take a peek through some of my pages:
"Notice how the petals turn, how the edge flips out, where it looks lighter and then in shadow."
"DRAWING BIRDS: Many times I want to draw them in detail, but they do not hold still for long. I will do very quick little sketches., but if I want a detailed drawing then I go to a book or other reference."
Keep a record of the changes in your garden or neighborhood.
Whatever the "Exciting News", record it in your sketchbook.
Let your "mood, the weather, the colors" control what comes onto the page of your sketchbook or journal.
Move out of your yard and into your neighborhood. Record with sketches, words, colors, and emotion.
Head to the coast. Use a water soluble pen or fountain pen to enhance the feeling of dampness.
Take your journal along on a Spring walk. Keep a record of the changing seasons.
Take notes. Sometimes things happen too fast to record what you see. When you get home, use reference materials to add in your illustration.
"I covered the rocks with light green... and made the water a color blue that it wasn't, just to play."
"As I painted, I used only a few colors... mixing them to get different blends."
"Try painting pears. Pears are fun shapes; a good practice for rendering the roundness of an object. Fruit also make a good decorative border."
"In the first scene... the view up the river has the feeling of distance.
"Prior to the major eruption of this volcano in spring of 1980, Mount St. Helens presented a perfect, graceful peak. How exciting, capturing dramatic moments in history in a sketchbook."
"I pulled my chair up really close to one huge ponderosa pine. Up close, I saw a delicate pink. Up very close I could see gold, sienna, dark grays to black as well. I then made tiny painted squares of all the colors, ...I began to paint that array of color in front of me."