|Quercus falcata leaves, souvenirs from Jacksonville.|
Last Thursday I led a Nature Journal Workshop on the opening day of the 33rd Annual Florida Native Plant Society's (FNPS) conference, Celebrating La Florida: The Land of Flowers. Eleven enthusiastic participants and I met on the back deck of the Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, ready to learn.
It was a varied group, with some having had some sketching experience, and some just beginning. Some wanted to learn nature journaling to document their native gardens, some wanted to use it as a learning tool, and several people mentioned that they hoped it would help them slow down and improve their observation of the natural world.
|Starting out - learning about the supplies provided.|
After an introductory overview of materials, we set off to do some sketching on the lovely grounds of the university. I did a short demonstration of my process, then participants had a chance to draw.
|Walking around the lake to find our sketching spot.|
|Painting watercolor swatches was a good way to learn how to use the waterbrush.|
I had a great time sharing what I love to do, and hope that my new-found friends continue on with their sketching. Keeping a nature journal has given me a lot of joy, helped me learn more about the natural world around me, and broadened my observation skills. It's also helped me improve my drawing skills, and given me a chance to slow down and take time to enjoy the process.
|Getting some great feedback on the workshop!|
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