If you’ve been following along on my adventures for awhile you know that I am a nature girl.
I’ve always loved the idea of creating a field notebook to capture my observations out in the natural world. But the truth is, I’ve never had the patience to stop and draw and document while I’m outdoors. I like to be moving, exploring, touching, seeing, smelling.
And the funny thing is, since I’ve let go of this idea that I need to have (what I think of as) a traditional field note book/nature journal, I’ve begun to capture the essence of my outdoor experiences more & more with my doodles.
She asked each of the hoppers to share their experience of journaling nature, and since using simple patterns and icons is really the way I back into nature journaling I thought I’d share a few of my simple sketches depicting some of my days in nature and near the water.
Fooses Creek is a sketch from a photo. Although this is one of my more complex, and dare I say realistic sketches, it is really simplistic — using lines and color to capture the essence of where we stopped for a little break from our hike.
To the left is a sketch depicting a trail we pedal along called Silver Creek. I think that may have something to do with the mining days – and while there is a creek it is not silver.
I added some flower doodles, too, to remind me of the gorgeous wildflowers on that day.
My Brown’s Creek sketch reminds me a bit of mermaid tail (how appropriate for this mountain mermaid:) and it reminds me of how I got myself close up to the rocks to feel the spray from raging Brown’s Creek Falls on that hot summer day.
On this August afternoon I dipped my toes in a creek that has never flowed, until this summer, in the nine years I’ve lived in Salida. My curving colored lines don’t look a thing like the creek, and they still remind me of the wonder of that afternoon and “the summer that Cottonwood flowed”.
I had a snake encounter that day, too! Woah!
It has taken me some years to embrace my doodling as a form of capturing nature.
I think the different drawing classes and snippets of practice I’ve embarked on over the years have helped me feel comfortable with my doodling style that has emerged.
And I’m so looking forward to my next drawing class – Draw Yourself Back to Nature with Kelly at Wings Worms & Wonder. How will that impact my future doodles?
I encourage you to dive in – with markers or pencils – and start creating doodles that represent a nature experience you want to remember. Your doodles will help you to seal a beautiful memory in your mind’s eye.
If you want to try doodling with the Daily Musings Journal, as part of the blog hop I’m giving away a PDF download of the remainder of 2015. Please share with me in the comments how you like to remember your nature adventures – and if you just might give doodling a try as a way to do that. I need to hear from you by Sunday October 11 at 10pm MT.
And maybe I’ll see you at Draw Yourself Back to Nature, too.
P.S. The 2016 Daily Musings Journal is now available for sale. You can get all the deets, and purchase yours, here.