starting our field journals

So, a friend pointed me in the direction of photographer Kristin Rogers. As I’ve gazed through her work, her field journals really captivated me. I have a small addiction to all things journal related and decided it was time to introduce the boys to good watercolors. I did a test run with them to see how they liked it…they ate it up. So, now I need to head back to the store to pick up a journal for each of them. We are going to start keeping field journals…but I don’t think we’ll limit it to nature. They are small enough the boys can take them to China and record the sights that captivate them there. Maybe a little sketch and painting of their baby sister’s birthplace!

Per Kristin’s instructions, we drew with pencil first, traced with sharpies, erased pencil marks and added our paint. I got the journal at Hobby Lobby. The paint I’ve had for probably 4 years and never used it…can’t remember where it came from though. It is a small travel size, so perfect for taking with us places.

It was 101+ outside, so I didn’t feel like sketching outside…I just used inspiration from magazines.

ISO 200, 1/80, f/2.8……………….ISO 200, 1/100, f/2.8

I love that my oldest picked a semi-dead flower to sketch. There are tons of beautiful ones, and he went for the dead one. I don’t think he even realized it was in rough shape. He saw beauty. I love that about him.

ISO 100, 1/2000, f/2.8……………….ISO 100, 1/2000, f/2.8

ISO 200, 1/1250, f/2.8

6.12fieldjournal-06ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8
6.12fieldjournal-07He decided to draw the whole flowerbed and then add some butterflies and bugs from his imagination.
ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8
6.12fieldjournal-08ISO 500, 1/80, f/2.8……………….ISO 800, 1/60, f/4.5
6.12fieldjournal-09ISO 500, 1/80, f/2.8
6.12fieldjournal-11ISO 500, 1/80, f/2.8
6.12fieldjournal-12ISO 320, 1/60, f/2.8
6.12fieldjournal-13ISO 800, 1/60, f/4.5
6.12fieldjournal-14ISO 200, 1/125, f/3.2……………….ISO 200, 1/125, f/3.2
6.12fieldjournal-15I just taped it to the wall. It makes me happy each time I see it.

6.12fieldjournal-17Shannon shared some “Behind The Scenes” photos of the kids during our anniversary session. You can click here to see her post – cracks me up, such is life.

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