Monday, August 13, 2012

Into The Wilderness with Orly Avineri...

Hello Dear Blog Readers! Today I'm sharing some art journaling from a recent workshop. I'll announce the winner of the last giveaway at the end of the post, along with the giveaway for this week...
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About two weeks ago I participated in Orly Avineri's art journal workshop called "Into the Wilderness" and it involved art journaling in NATURE. We were told to bring just the bare minimum of supplies, which included watercolor paints or pencils and a lunch since we would be out in the 'wilderness' in a place called Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach.

I had a small hand-bound art journal I knew I could use for this outing and was excited to bring it out for this excursion into Nature. I made this art journal based on videos by Teesha Moore, only I made a smaller version which measures 6"x6" when finished.

Front view...

Open view...

It was a much needed respite from things happening in my life and I enjoyed every minute of it. Here are pages from my nature journal and some photos to share how the park looked on this day of art, friends and fun...

Orly began the workshop with two quotes for us to keep in mind throughout the day - here is the first quote:

The other quote is at the back end of my journal:

Orly provided us with a map for our walk...and some trail mix in case we got a little hungry! Good thing too, because I DID get a little hungry before I made my way 'back to camp'. I decided to tell a story with my art journal and here are some tales I had to tell...you can click on the images to get a larger view for reading.

My sketch of a butterfly in the grassy patch, still waiting for some watercolor. My boyfriend says it's actually a moth, as you will see in the photo below...

The butterfly/moth hung out on this bit of clover for quite some time...

There was a pond with ducks and turtles and one of the largest turtles I have ever seen, with a strange snout! I sat on a rock nearby and wrote what I saw...
It was a fascinating turtle I saw, even though I think he farted while I sat nearby!


Orly asked us to gather 'specimens' from our walk and I included them on pages of my journal...

A brown leaf from the path is taped to my page and the path was photographed below...


After the nature walk, Orly led us through a drawing exercise, which we then filled in with color. Here is my tree drawing filled with color...


We were asked to use the 'specimens' we collected on our walk to paint some 'collections' in our journal. I chose to paint my collections on the front and back covers of my nature journal, as you can see below...


I really had a wonderful time in this workshop and enjoyed painting objects from nature. It's something I want to do more of and I hope to begin practicing with painting botanical images in the future. I had such a great time that I may continue to create more nature journals like this on my own!

I highly recommend participating in one of Orly's workshops if you live in the Los Angeles area or you can check her site to see if is she teaching at a venue near you.

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Now for the winner of the last giveaway...it seems there were only two comments and one of them chose to remove herself from the giveaway, so Karen Wallace wins the notebooks today! I will contact you to verify the address I currently have for you...


And now for today's giveaway!

I will make the winner a small hand-bound journal just like the one I made and used for this workshop! It is a similar style to the ones made by Teesha Moore, but on a smaller scale. My finished journal is 6"x6" square made from water color paper that was designed to be used for landscape paintings. You can use the journal for art journaling indoors or outdoors. I may leave some prompts on the pages to inspire your creativity =-)

Rules for entering the giveaway...

The giveaway is open to all readers from near or far
You must leave a comment to enter
Your comment will be about whether you enjoy making art in Nature or indoors
Comments will close at 12pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday August 17
The winner will be announced at the end of the next blog post...which will be in approximately one week

OH! And if you want a bonus surprise goodie, follow my blog and let me know you have joined the "Tribe Of Creative Kindred Spirits"!

Thanks for stopping by and for reading my blog! Good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

2 comments:

Karen Wallace said...

Yeah, I won! The workshop sounds wonderful. Hugs Karen

Kathryn Hansen said...

now that is a fantastic workshop i would have highly enjoyed...i am so inspired i may just do it on my own!!

i am inspired by nature but do my drawings at home. but when more time allows (when the children are finally grown and out of the house)my plan is to definitely to be outside all day drawing in nature!!

oh...and i LOVE the journal you made...it's such a unique design...and your journal turned out wonderfully...by the way!!