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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 –
Hide (Leaves Behind Leaves), copyright Alice Wych
October Garden, copyright Marlene Vitek
Swallowtail Buddies, copyright Alice Wych
October ink art, copyright Arlene Widrevitz
October sketchbook pages, copyright Karen Johnson
Releasing a Brand New Monarch, copyright Carol Cooley
Staghorn Sumac, copyright Jane Kellenberger
October ink, copyright Arlene Widrevitz
Sketchbook with Fringed gentian, copyright Karen Johnson
Three Climbers, copyright Jane Kellenberger
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!
Inktober is a registered trademark of J.P. Creative, LLC. Used with permission.
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!
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.
Oak and Locust leaves, ink and colored pencil, copyright Marlene Vitek
Last of Summer geraniums, ink and colored pencil, copyright Marlene Vitek
Red leaves, ink and colored pencil, copyright Marlene Vitek
Some wonderful ink creations from members of the Nature Artists’ Guild –
Rodent, copyright Alice Wych
Ink drawing, copyright Nancy Wu
Pinecone sketch, copyright Denise Fisk
Hydrangea, copyright Karen Loyer
Butterfly Weed Seed Pod, copyright Alice Wych
Boneset Front Yard, copyright Karen Loyer
Sonoran Desert Toad – Bulky, copyright Jane Kellenberger
Autumn grasses sketch, copyright Denise Fisk
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.
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.
Inktober is a registered trademark of J.P. Creative, LLC. Used with permission.