I love to paint birds and other wildlife, and to depict them in their natural habitats. In order to create my paintings, I often take field notes and do “quick sketches” on site. I have not shared my sketches because they are quick, rough and my subjects for drawing often move very, very quickly.
But I will share some here, to help others who enjoy drawing and painting birds see what the process is like for me.
I was spending some time just observing some terns flying one morning over Lake Huron. I wanted to capture the sense of swiftness that they show, and also the height they were above the lake.
I haven’t posted many paintings the past two weeks, because I have been observing the birds in this area and taking notes like these. I will share the finished paintings at a future date.
2 thoughts on “The Importance of Field Notes”
First: thanks for being brave enough to show your notes! It’s hard to share the sketchy, rough stuff that we haven’t been able to polish. I am always fascinated to see how others collect information for their work.
Also: I’d love to see a start to finish post: one where you show your field notes and photos and then the final work so we could see how a painting evolves.
Your work is beautiful!
Kit, thank you, I appreciate this. This was one of the hardest posts I have ever done, because the field sketches always look so rough. I like your idea, and I may do this soon! By the way, the pictures and photos on your blog are lovely, too.