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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Ink for October

The Nature Artists’ Guild is participating in Inktober®2020!  The rules are simple, and joining in is even simpler.

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The Nature Artists’ Guild and The Morton Arboretum are offering some upcoming opportunities for learning to use ink in interesting and enjoyable ways –

Tomorrow, October 1, 2020, Lara Call Gastinger will be giving an online presentation about nature journaling to members.  Her remarkable journal drawings in ink illustrate some of the versatility of the medium. Guild members received an e-mail on September 24 with instructions for participating.

Stippled Leaf, sketchbook, copyright Lara Gastinger. Used with permission.

Of course, Inktober®2020 would include the art of Sumi-e, a Japanese style of painting in black ink in which emphasis is placed on the beauty of each brush stroke. The Morton Arboretum will be offering a three-part online Sumi-e workshop, taught by Patricia Larkin Green beginning on October 8, 2020.  This workshop is open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum.

Patricia Larkin Green Sumi-e paintings and studio.

Please click on any of the above images or links for more information. All it really takes is a pen and some paper to begin, and images of ink creations by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will be shared on this website in the coming weeks.

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Summer’s End Artwork from the Nature Artists’ Guild

Please enjoy these wonderful contributions to the Summer’s End paint-out from Nature Artists’ Guild members.  Beata Nowak and Jane Kellenberger drew and painted some of the annuals on their decks, Yvonne Buckley used pen and acrylic ink to illustrate some of the bounties of the garden, Marilyn Peretti visited a park where she found her subject on an oak tree, and Alice Wych, Eileen LaBarre, Dorothy Duffala, Bernadette Hanacek, and Kathi Kuchler all found the beauty in leaves, seeds, and flowers. Ann Lamoureux continued her work in progress from the front porch, and Gary Chipman painted a prairie view in pastel.

Congratulations to all the participants in the paint-out for choosing to take the time to appreciate the end of summer and thank you to the artists mentioned above who generously shared their beautiful results.

 

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A Beautiful Day for a Summer’s End Paint-Out

The sky is blue, the air is crisp, and the geese are flying overhead.  Hmmm.  Is there some activity that would help a nature artist make the most of the day?

Thank you to Alice Wych for the first contribution to the 2020 Nature Artists’ Guild Summer’s End paint-out with her lovely drawing, Thistle.  While Thistle is certainly worthy of a frame, paint-out creations do not need to be finished pieces of art.  Any sketch, drawing, or painting that reflects a few hours spent in nature can be a treasure.  Details about participating in the paint-out are in an e-mail sent to members last week.

Thistle, copyright Alice Wych

Summer’s End Paint-Out

Nature Artists’ Guild members will be receiving an e-mail soon with the who, what, where, when, why, and how of participating in this month’s Summer’s End paint-outThe paint-out will not be a gathering of members in person, but each participant can celebrate the beauty of nature during the last days of summer by painting, drawing, or sketching on their own and then sharing images of their artwork afterwords.

Oh to be tall, copyright Fran Kelly

 

An Artful Autumn at the Nature Artists’ Guild

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum can look forward to a full Fall of art and nature!

Autumnal Gold, copyright Patricia Mroczka

Some upcoming events include –

  • A virtual lecture this month about the symbolism of art (much of it nature) portrayed on an 18th Century Asian screen. (Postponed until further notice.)
  • A “paint-out” in September where members create art in their own environment and share their experiences through video-chat or by sending images to display on this website.
  • An online presentation about journaling in nature with Lara Call Gastinger. Lara’s workshop at the Arboretum sold out immediately, but all Nature Artists’ Guild members are invited to join her October 1 presentation.
  • A new “Art Encounter” in October that will involve working almost solely in ink.  Its a great way to quickly hone those drawing skills!
  • An online exhibit in November of images of some of the finished artwork that members had hoped to include in the cancelled 2020 Spring or Autumn (Holiday) exhibits.
  • A fun and creative holiday card project in lieu of the annual in-person celebration.

Dates, times, and all the other details about these events will be shared with members through e-mails and announcements on this website.  

Seven Presenters at the August 6, 2020 Online Meeting of the Nature Artists’ Guild

The first online meeting of the Nature Artists’ Guild is just a few days away, on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7 pm.  Members of the Guild were e-mailed instructions on July 26 for joining the meeting. The initial set-up can be done any time ahead of the meeting, and while simple to do, may take a few minutes.  Then, at meeting time, participants can just click on the link and enter the password specified in their e-mail.  A phone number and password is also given for those who would prefer to just listen in.

The seven artists who have agreed to share some of their recent creative experiences are Dan Danielson, Linn Eldred, Vicki Liszewski, Kathi Kuchler, Beata Nowak, Marilyn Peretti and Evalyn Holy.  While we don’t have specifics for each artist’s upcoming presentation, we can tell from artwork that they’ve shared in the past that we can expect a wonderful variety of media, styles and subject matter!

A few examples of previously shared works by some of these artists (please click on any image for the full version and artist’s name) –

 

The Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2020 “August Artist Octet”

The Nature Artists’ Guild has a tradition of inviting three of its talented members to present their inspirations, materials, and methods to fellow members during the annual August meetings.  This year, that “Artist Trio” will be expanded to an “Artist Octet” (or more) as the meeting moves to an online format.

So far, seven members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have agreed to share some of their artistic experiences. We can look forward to hearing from Dan Danielson, Linn Eldred, Vicki Liszewski, Kathi Kuchler, Beata Nowak, Marilyn Peretti and Evalyn Holy on the evening of Thursday, August 6, 2020 beginning at 7 pm.  

Fly, copyright Dan Danielson.

Guild Members will be receiving an e-mail soon with details and instructions for “attending” the online meeting.  Any additional members interested in sharing their recent art experiences should contact Linda Fairbanks.