Still Time to Join the 2020 Nature Artists’ Guild’s Holiday Card Exchange

The Nature Artists’ Guild is celebrating a year of nature, art, and friendship –

Any Nature Artists’ Guild member who would like to participate in the exchange of a handmade holiday card with another member should click on the link in the e-mail sent on November 18 or contact Susan Bartlett (whose information can be found in the guild’s Yearbook) before December 4, 2020.  Susan will let each participant know the name of their card’s recipient on December 5, and all cards should be sent by December 15.

Images of the finished cards can also be sent to Denise Fisk by December 15 to be shared later (after all the cards have been sent – no spoilers here!) on this website.

Handmade card by Susan Bartlett.

Celebrating the Season with the Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Card Exchange

This year members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will be celebrating a year of friendship, art, and nature by exchanging handmade holiday cards!  Any member who would like to participate should let Susan Bartlett know by December 4, 2020 by clicking on the link in an e-mail sent to members on November 18.  On December 5, Susan will let each person know the name of the recipient of their creation.  All cards should be mailed by December 15, 2020.

An original handmade card should be sent to each artist’s exchange recipient, but scans or prints of the cards could also be shared with friends and family. Images of the cards will be posted on this website (after the exchange is over, of course – we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise) if any artists choose to share. Those images can be sent to Denise Fisk any time before December 15.

Some handmade holiday cards by Susan Bartlett.

The 2020 Online Exhibit of Natural History Art

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to share some of the work that would have been (and might be in the future) exhibited at The Morton Arboretum as part of the guild’s annual Spring or Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit of Natural History Art.

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If the slide show does not show up on your device, please click on this link to the Nature Artists’ guild website. Click on any image to see a larger version and the title, artists’ name, and media used.  The images are also available for scrolling through or viewing individually on the 2020 Exhibit of Natural History Art page under the Member Artwork tab of this website. Thank you to all participating members for sharing your artwork.

All artwork exhibited on this website is the sole property of the artist and should not be used or reproduced without their written consent.  If you would like to contact one of the artists, please leave a comment on this website and you will receive an e-mail reply, normally within 48 hours. Your e-mail address will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

2020 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit of Natural History Art Coming Soon Online

The annual Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit of Natural History Art by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum will be online-only in November 2020.

Study of Red Oak Trees, acrylic and soft pastel, copyright Laverne Bohlin

There is nothing like viewing artwork in person – the colors are somehow either more vivid or more subtle, the texture and brushstrokes are more obvious, and even the size of the work adds to the effect.

That being said, 2020 is a year for adapting.  Online exhibits give viewers the chance to zoom in on details, study their favorites without a line forming behind them, and bypass weather, crowds, and parking.  Any refreshments will be exactly to taste and can be enjoyed right along with the exhibit!

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are asked to submit a few pieces of artwork that otherwise would have been exhibited in person this fall to include in the online exhibit on this website. These pieces can still be submitted for future in-person exhibits at The Morton Arboretum.  Artwork should be submitted by November 14, 2020 according to instructions sent by e-mail to all guild members on November 7.

A Strong Finish in Ink

Nature Artists’ Guild members bought some new pens, tried some new techniques, and sometimes even followed the suggested prompts (kudos, Alice!) for a strong finish to Inktober®2020.  Many of the artists included the autumn color of the area while honing their drawing skills and ensuring that the fleeting treasures of the season did not go unnoted.  Here are the final contributions –

Please click on any image to see the artist’s name and a larger version of the work and scroll down on the website to see previous weekly contributions.  Thank you to all of the participants!

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Fall Color Will Be Fading Fast

It may be peak color in the Midwest, but it won’t last too long.  Opportunities for capturing the colors of fall, the vivid blues of the sky and the stunning reds and yellows of the leaves, will be ending soon for this year.

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are encouraged to go outside and bring back some of that color.  It could happen in a plein-air painting, sketch, or drawing (including those done from inside a vehicle), or in a photograph and color-notes later translated into artwork in the studio.  Those interested in sharing their creations can send an image to Jane Kellenberger before November 1 for the Quarterly (a members-only publication) or by November 5 to Denise Fisk for this website.  Contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Chicagoland is home to numerous parks, forest preserves, as well as the spectacular Morton Arboretum, so inspiration should be plentiful!

Fall Oak, copyright Maggie Capettini

Autumn Nature in Ink

 Nature Artists’ Guild members are invited to continue sharing their ink creations! Images can be e-mailed to Denise Fisk, whose contact information will be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook, by November 2, 2020.  Please click on any image to for the artist’s name and a larger version.

More Ink and Even Some Color

A number of Nature Artists’ Guild members are enrolled in Lara Call Gastinger’s class on nature journaling, and their contributions to Inktober®2020 are wonderfully reflecting the beauty of season.

Please click on any image to see a larger version and the artist’s name.  Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are encouraged to share their ink images throughout the month of October.

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Nature in Ink

Some wonderful ink creations from members of the Nature Artists’ Guild –

Please click on an image for the full version and the artist’s name. There is still more than half of a month left for Nature Artists’ Guild members to share their ink artwork on this website. Images can be sent to Denise Fisk, whose e-mail address can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Creations for this website can be sketches, finished pieces, or even doodles, preferably inspired by nature. Daily ink practice, though, can be done on any subject and having a list or selection ready to choose from can remove one of the largest obstacles to getting started. You may decide to sketch one small item for fifteen minutes each day while having coffee.  Adding watercolor or colored inks for one week might provide inspiration. Is there a crow quill pen and a bottle of ink ready to dust off and try working with again?

Drawing in ink is an excellent way to quickly improve drawing skills. There is no easy process for making corrections, so concentration and planning are essential, and mindfulness may come along naturally during the process.  Each sketch or drawing, even when “unsuccessful”, will impart a valuable lesson for future efforts.

Bulky, the Sonoran Desert Toad, Would Like A Word

Sonoran Desert Toad – Bulky, copyright Jane Kellenberger

Maybe Bulky, the Sonoran Desert Toad, can inspire members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who aren’t already participating in Inktober®2020 to join in! One or two images per week can be shared by each member in future posts on this website.  All the details for participating are in an e-mail sent to members last month.

Those who don’t wish to share their ink creations online can just show them to a friend, family member (not sure if pets are included), or hang them in the window for passers-by.  Sketching, drawing, or even painting in ink and sharing the results is an excellent way to improve skills, learn new techniques, enjoy the creative process, and as in Bulky’s case, spread some smiles.

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