That’s my work you see on those pages! My illustrations have been printed in the Shelter issue of the Daughters of Promise magazine!!! So excited to be a part of this beautiful publication and looking forward to reading the other stories in here! I made these four illustrations of animals and their homes to go with the article that Marjanita Geigley wrote, titled Cozy Creature Cottages. The article features animals with unique home building skills: beavers, prarie dogs, weaver ants, spiders, catherdral termites, and sociable weaver birds. At the end of the article there’s a blank page for the reader to try making their own nature journal page ; ) So much fun to see it all in print!
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I worked a little on my nature journal over the summer painting the water lily that bloomed in my water garden, a fancy red cardinal that visited my bird feeder, and some blue morning glories.
Then I recorded all the different types of seeds and seed pods from my flower gardens – such an assortment and variety! Marigold, calendula, nasturtium, foxglove, snapdragon, sweet peas, cornflower, begonia, pansy, cosmos, oriental poppy, opium poppy, penunia, holly hock, zinnia, sun flower, and morning glories.
My son snapped this picture of me painting a detail of the orchid flower in my nature journal. As summer ramped up with activity, my nature journal got a little behind…but I sat down to do a little here and there!
I added a few things to my no. 5 page: blackberries, monarch and milkweed, goldfinch at my feeder, pinesap and helleborine orchid.
I found a little blank book at the thrift store and decided to do a little nature journal for this year. I take a walk around the property almost every day, so I can sketch the native beauty I see here in this book. The cover and first page: wood anemone, naturalized violets, phoebe egg, cinnamon fern, grape hyacinth and snowdrops, red maple flowers, and a baby acorn.
The next page in my journal: hummingbird, mushrooms on a stump, phoebe’s nest, budding lady slipper, blue bead lily, indigo bunting, and maple seeds. The indigo bunting is a new visitor to our yard this year! I was so excited to see him that I went out the next day and got a bird feeder – he’s been a regular ever since! Such a pretty bird and so shy.