This year I decided to keep a nature journal, with paintings and drawings of the animals, plants and weather I see each month. I thought it would be interesting to look back on at the end of the year, as well as being a great way of improving my art skills.
So far doing the nature journal has really made me look out for and notice the nature around me much more. The first page is a watercolour painting of a beautiful sunset I saw when I was commuting home. The sky was incredibly vivid, and there were lots of trees with mistletoe growing from the branches, silhouetted against the bright clouds.
The next couple of pages are filled with different things I saw during the month. A friendly robin who sat in our garden watching us for a long time, a frozen canal, frozen dead leaves, ash buds starting to form, and old man's beard seedheads.
I'm really pleased with how thee robin turned out, I think I really captured its character. I used Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, and a bit of white Winsor and Newton ink.
The other page is a mixture of watercolour, Derwent Inktense watercolour pencil, and Winsor and Newton white ink.
There were some spectacular sunsets in January, so on the next two pages I painted another watercolour sunset. Watercolour is a great medium for sunsets, because you can get so many interesting translucent effects with it.
The final page for January has some things I started to notice towards the end of the month- green shoots poking up through the ground, and the first catkins and snowdrops.
The top part of the page was done with watercolour pencil, with a little bit of white ink for the details on the catkins, and the snowdrops were done with watercolour, with watercolour pencil layered over the top.
I also made a little video of the pages.
I'm really pleased with how this first month turned out, and I'm really excited for completing February's pages!