I want a more permanent record so I’ve put together all the slides here… and also included all my sketches from the week (something I didn’t share on Instagram at the time.)
As a result of sharing these adventures, I have a few thoughts about my approach to sketching Lane Cove National Park which I will discuss at the end of this article.
On each day I did a sketch during my walk in my Greenwood Journal (with copic markers and coloured pencils) and then a sketch in my Alpha book near where I parked my car.
As you will see from these pages, I’m mixing it up a lot now.:-)
The process of documenting a week’s worth of Lane Cove really highlighted to me just how many interesting things I come across each day. (I still can’t believe I found those tawny frogmouths!!!!)
The overwhelming thought I had while I was putting this article together is: “wouldn’t it be great if my sketchbook contained more of the details contained in these photos”.
I would love to start doing more ‘nature journalling’ style pages rather than simply two quick sketches of scenes from each visit. But there are two major factors that I have to think through:
1. The purpose of the first half of my visit each day is to go on a walk. During this time (20-30minutes of walking) I come across the most interesting things – see animals and notice changes in the flora. If I were to stop and sketch every time I saw something to record, the exercise benefit of the walk would be lost. Pausing to take a quick photo is okay, but as soon as I start to sketch, (even if they are just quick simple line sketches) it would be easy for them to morph into more detailed drawings.
2. To document all of these discoveries would definitely increase the time I need in the park each day and that would put pressure on my other work. At the moment I’ve been able to limit my visits to 1-1.5 hours in length and this has been working fine. But if I wanted to sketch ‘everything’ I discover it could add a lot of pressure to the visits (and the rest of the day).
Ah! always things to think about and ideas to explore! 🙂