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My journey in art journaling. Some are just posts that fall into the category because of style or topic. The older posts are from when I used colored pencils and most recent posts are using my handmade watercolors made from Ozark pigments. Originally, this category was titled “Nature Journaling”, so you’ll possibly notice a bit of disconnect if it isn’t directly related to art. But most of my life is related in one way or another, even before I started calling myself an artist. And every bit of my art is strongly influenced by nature. So either way, whether the post is more to do with nature or more to do with art, I think it’ll fit just fine in here.

Two Screech Owls in a Tree

This morning before I left the house to go to the post office, I briefly thought about whether I should grab the camera or not. I decided to not. It had been a few days since I’d last caught even a glimpse of the screech owl that lives by the gate. So I didn’t have …

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Black Gum autumn leaves, leaching plant pigments

Plant Pigments- in search of a stable green, the latest painting and the next show

Between getting the house clean today, since it’s raining and I couldn’t be outside weed-eating, I’ve been making a mess in the kitchen. People have to not take things at face value in this house. What looks like refreshing tea… just might not be. My kids know by now that not everything they see in …

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Day 14: Nature Journal Series – Sunlight on Distant Hills

Sunlight on distant hills always makes for a pretty picture. It’s just hard to capture, whether by camera or pencil. This time I tried with my Prismacolor pencils. About this journal entry Some autumn seasons bring vivid colors, while others are quick and or less spectacular. Always, though, the sunlight favors certain hillsides while leaving …

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Relics of seasons past - a wild hydrangea flower

Relics of Seasons Past & Sepia-toned Beauty

The harbinger of spring is one of the earliest blooming native wildflowers here at Wild Ozark. Others of us plant-watchers have been reporting seeing them, so I thought just maybe I’d find one too. But I wasn’t disappointed in the day’s collection of pretty images. Even if they’re not harbingers.

Day 9: Nature Journal Series

Grapevine & Insect Observation Nature Journal entry from Day 9. About this journal entry On Day 9 of my daily journaling stint, I didn’t feel like getting off of the porch and I wondered if I could find something nearby to draw and journal about. Well, I found a good topic, but it was hard …

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Day 8: Nature Journal Series

Acorn on Weathered Stick     Nature Journal entry from Day 8. About this journal entry On Day 8 of my daily journaling stint, I couldn’t help reflecting on the sounds of trees dying in the distance. Chainsaws and crashing punctuated the otherwise peaceful land. I really dislike the amount of logging that happens around …

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Day 7: Nature Journal Series

Christmas Fern   About this journal entry On Day 7 of my daily journaling stint, I decided to draw the Christmas fern. These ferns are often present in good ginseng habitat. So it’s known as a companion plant, or indicator plant, but I like it just because it stays green and pretty even through the …

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Day 6: Nature Journal Series

Lobelia inflata in Late Summer   About this journal entry Lobelia inflata is one of my most treasured wild-crafted herbs. It grows around us here like a “weed”, and most would never think it to be a useful plant. It’s not very decorative or interesting to the average person. The seeds are invaluable in my …

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Day 5: Nature Journal Series

Little Orange Mushroom   About this journal entry It’s amazing how quickly an hour flies by when you are trying unsuccessfully to figure out how to do something. On another note, I’m finding that it is getting harder to focus on the experience rather than the quality of my drawing. This mushroom didn’t meet my …

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Day 4: Nature Journal Series

Ground Cherry About this Entry The inklings of trouble is starting to reveal itself already. “This one will be much easier,” I thought as I settled on a subject for today’s entry. It is all mostly green, with hardly any other colors to try and incorporate. Right. About the Wild Ozark Nature Journal   Get …

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Day 2: Nature Journal Series

Asters Hanging Down   About the Wild Ozark Nature Journal I’m slowly scanning my nature journal entries and adding them to this blog. Some of you may have already seen these, because I started this a few years ago and then let it get lost among the other things I am trying to do. Now …

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