In my last post I mentioned I was hoping to start on my collections. I am happy to say that I have finally begun!
Both my wife and I managed to take a long walk on our favourite stretch of coastline recently. I am always so inspired when I go to the beach because it constantly changes, there is always something new to explore and see.
As Week 3 of the Ode to Nature course is to create a field journal, I decided to use the sketchbook I had already started and develop it further into a journal. I haven't done an art journal for quite a while and see it as a creative challenge to write down my thoughts and make quick drawings of the scene. I am one who would rather produce more detailed work straight away and found it interesting to see if I could free myself up within the sketchbook.
We are very fortunate that the stretch of beach on which we walk passes through three different types of habitat, and I was able to produce two pages for each. I did find the process a challenge and had to be reminded that I only had a short amount of time in which to produce my sketches before heading to a new view point. But I am happy with the outcome and enjoyed taking the photographs as a second pair of eyes.
Each habitat has a different feel. I tried to demonstarte this in the way I used the materials I had packed in my duffle bag, including Alisa's tip of using sellotape to preserve the wildlife I found.
I was so inspired by my time there that I now have a massive selection of photographs, collections, ideas and sketches that I would like to share with you. There is so much, I will have to break them down into several posts!
Before my next post, I hope to make time to view the classroom link and catch up in the inspirational gallery.