Friday, November 5, 2010
Sketching in Nature
Striped meadowhawk ... Ben Irving Resevoir, Douglas County, Oregon
I have some pleasant news to share with you. Cathy Johnson has invited me to join the "Sketching in Nature" blog ( www.naturesketchers.blogspot.com ). It is a site for artists who sketch nature from life. A wonderful mix of artists from around the world contribute. I've recently posted these two sketches there and plan to post something every so often.
My longer posts will continue to be in "Elva's Field Notes". Much of the art I post here looks as though it would qualify for the Sketching in Nature blog, but in actuality I often sketch from my computer after we get home; or I start a sketch in the field and finish it up after we get home. Too often I'm too busy to do enough good skeches on location for this blog.
But I do feel strongly that sketching from life keeps my drawing skills sharp in a way that drawing off the computer or a printed photo never can. Those of you who have met me know that I am forever scribbling in my journal -- both writing and sketching.
For years, many years, I have been a wildlife artist. It is only rather recently that I realized I like writing too. I love combining the two skills.
Autumn Meadowhawk, drawn at Lake in the Woods, Douglas County, Oregon