field journaling

Today they dogs and I took the truck out on the Denail and parked it and walked up the dirt road towards Paxon. I had just watched a lesson by Alisa Burke.  She talked about her approach to art and inspiration.  She said she takes her family, her journal, and her camera (she had me at camera).  So she goes to the beach or on a hike and just lets what she sees inspire her creativity.  I was so inspired by this.  I live in such a beautiful place and I forget to journal what I am seeing.

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It was beautiful and perfect in so many ways.  I really do not believe in perfection but this was very close to perfect.  I was about to turn on my music as we walked and then decided against it.  The sounds were beautiful to me in that moment.  I was just walking and I could hear the squish of the mud and my shoes.  In the background I could hear my dogs and their tags ting as they walked, and when Summit would jump off the road into the snow it made the most wonderful sound of motion.  The wind would blow lightly through the trees and off in the distance I could hear running water…..signs of spring to me.

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I gathered little treasures as we walked and just took in my surroundings.  I have found a new love in field journaling.  I always thought that field journaling meant you had to journal while you were out in nature.  I really liked this way of doing it.  I took my Fuji Instax mini camera and took a few shots and some with my phone for reference.  I brought all this home and started to journal.  Here is what unfolded.

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I really think I will do more of this from now on.

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