"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
About a year ago I started to use my nature journal more often. This has been most satisfying and has helped me both as a naturalist and as an artist. As a naturalist, I find I look more closely and ask more questions about my subject. I look at things from a different perspective than through the lens of a camera. I observe a single object for a longer period of time. As an artist, it helped me get past judging and criticizing my work which stopped me before I started.
Just by doing more, my skills are improving. I now use my journal work to do a study of a plant before a do a detailed drawing at home. And from a personal level, I get absorbed in the work and take a break from the ills in the world.
The key is using the journal to capture information - not worry about making a pretty book. That may come, but that is not the purpose. Here are some tips to get started.
Do it for yourself:
Deepen your connection to and understanding of nature:
Catsclaw - Senegalia greggiiAnza-Borrego Desert State Park, Culp Valley Campground 05/29/2016 Go slowly and with thoughtful intention:
Record what you see, think, feel, and wonder:
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Explore media but keep it simple: