Nature journaling and conservation
July 13, 2020 6:36 PM   Subscribe

The John Muir Laws blog features lots of educational resources about nature journaling and sketching in a variety of mediums, intermixed with conservation information. Also offers resources for educators.

Some of the good stuff (a sample, there's too much to link, the whole blog archive is a treasure trove)

5 minute landscape in watercolor pencil

How to draw: birds mammals plants

Step by step: watercolor iris in colored pencil, northern parula with watercolor
posted by Cozybee (5 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
This is amazing, thank you.
posted by bq at 11:36 PM on July 13, 2020

Thank you for this.

Paying attention to the flora and fauna outside my windows has been my major quarantine hobby (well, that and cooking). Other than a few weeds I tried to identify, I haven't drawn much yet and instead have focused on writing observations like time, numbers, attitude. This hobby slightly preceded covid, starting when I read Jenny Odell's How to Do Nothing (fanfare). She talks about how simply noticing what's around you in your neighborhood is the first required step to being a good neighbor. We can't care for and protect things if we don't realize they are there.

The "Introduction to Nature Journaling" video in the John Muir blog ties together all my interests by looking at the food in your kitchen. How much more "local" and mundane can you get? You don't need to hunt out unusual birds to enjoy nature.
posted by tofu_crouton at 5:58 AM on July 14, 2020 [1 favorite]

Here's a treasure I found linked through the FPP:
A Birder's Brain on Paper, Fiona Clare Gillogly, Birding June 2020 (pdf)
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:02 AM on July 14, 2020

OH! He and James Gurney are my #UrbanSketching heroes. I highly recommend Jack's book The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. This is an AMAZING book for your friend "who has everything." Or, just wants to engage in nature more!
posted by rebent at 7:39 AM on July 14, 2020 [1 favorite]

Thanks for posting this!
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 8:28 AM on July 14, 2020

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