Nature Drawing in Progress: American ginseng in October

Two years ago I made a nature drawing of American ginseng in October, with yellowing leaves against the dark backdrop of the Wild Ozark forest. Repeating the Same Nature Drawing Since that time I’ve learned a little more about certain techniques I can use with my pencils, specifically blending, and so I wanted to re-draw […]

Oct. 22, 2015 – Two Sweetgum Leaves for the Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway on October 31, 2015 I wrote a fairly long post about this sketch over at my main blog. This is one I won’t get to keep because it was done in the copy of My Nature Journal that is going to the winner of my Goodreads Giveaway on October 31. More than 600 […]

Oct 18, 2015 – Old Rock Wall and Dead Leaves

I made a mistake on this one.  This is an old rock wall and it continues in both directions for some length but in the sketch I didn’t give that appearance. What I should have done was draw some lines to outline the continuing rocks if nothing else. Instead, what it appears to be is […]

Nature Sketching Day 23- Wild Ginger

Wild ginger is one of the few remaining companions of the American ginseng habitat that are still green at this time of year. About Wild Ozark Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow […]

Nature Sketching Day 21- Down the dirt road in October

I’m not real good at trees and landscapes yet. I can do single items like leaves fairly well, but the larger view pushes outside my ability. Maybe with practice I’ll get better.   About Wild Ozark Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs […]

Nature Sketching – Day 17 “Grape Fern and Fall Leaves”

It gets hard to find a subject to draw that doesn’t include dead leaves at this time of year. I at first wanted to draw this pretty beech leaf nestled on a darker sycamore leaf, but decided against it in favor of the grape fern instead. I never did find the creature causing the noise […]

Nature Sketching Day 15 – American Ginseng in early October

I went out in search of beech drops for today’s sketch. I didn’t find any. On my way up the path toward the pond, though, I found something exciting. Today’s nature sketch features American ginseng in early October. The leaves are yellowing now, the fruits have all fallen, and winter is coming. This American ginseng […]

Nature Sketching Day 13 – Green Grass in Fall

I always like to see green grass in fall among the dead leaves. Yesterday I missed my sketching. I missed the day before that too, but had taken a photo of the leaf so I could draw it later. But if I don’t just let that one from yesterday go, I’ll never catch up again. […]

Nature Sketching Day 3 – Sycamore Leaf

Each day I’ve picked what I think will be a simple subject. Today’s was a single sycamore leaf with no effort to include background, foreground or any other difficult or distracting thing. Then as I settled in and began my art I entered the deep observation mode. Did you know there are hundreds of tiny […]