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Sketching in Nature

Spent Flowers

Nothing like putting things here a bit past their sell-by date. >;-D

I sent out this press release before our Art Crawl here in town, on Friday...if I'd have been thinking, I'd have put it HERE, too! But I've been a bit scattered with too much going on, so here it is now...(keep in mind it was for print, so I thought I'd explain "blog" for those who were still in the print age! I KNOW y'all know what it means...)


There is a new group blog of artists who work in nature, doing sketches, drawings, field work, and even painting plein air. "Sketching in Nature" features the work of carefully chosen artists from all over the world for a taste of our environment in different habitats and habits.
The word "blog" has entered our vocabulary in a big way--it's from "weblog," a log or journal that is kept online. Sketching in Nature currently features the work of 40 different artists, with more added each month--some are naturalists, some botanical illustrators, some teachers, some professional artists, and some just people who enjoy learning from and in nature and recording it in their own journals. These observations are then scanned and uploaded to the blog, often with in-depth information about their subject or with comments by the artists.
You'll see nature up close through the eyes of artists from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Italy, Africa, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, and Canada, as well as from all over the United States.
Organized in late April 2009 by artist/naturalist Cathy Johnson (author of 34 books on natural history and art), the blog has already had many thousands of visits. Whether your interest is in insects, birds, wildflowers, mammals and more from around the world, you'll find something here to satisfy your curiosity or inform you. Visit http://naturesketchers.blogspot.com/, bookmark the site or subscribe to the feed, become a follower, and check back often--there are new entries daily.
The concept was inspired by the wildly popular Urban Sketchers blog, the creation of Spanish artist Gabi Campanario, now based in Seattle. Johnson is one of the correspondents on that blog, which you'll find at http://www.urbansketchers.com/


I included info on the Art Crawl, but since it's past...

I demonstrated keeping a field journal or nature journal, and the painting above was one of my demo pages! I concentrated on spent flowers, since I didn't have to worry about them wilting during the rather hot evening event.

This is the other page I did, with three different techniques on Canson MiTientes paper...you can click on the image to go to my Flickr page for notes on the sketches, if you like.

Spiderwort X Three


I've gone to Sketching in Nature webspot a couple times in the last two months. It's fun to look at other people's work. I don't have a scanner at home yet, or I would have joined. Something for the future, though, to look forward to.
Glad you enjoy it! It's really not a blog you join, since it's by invitation, but we DO have a Flickr pool with the same name, here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nature-sketching/

I often find new contributors for the blog there...hope you'll join us when you get the technical problems worked out!