Monsoon 2019 has wrapped up in Tucson. We got almost 2 inches of rain in the last few weeks of September. That and the cooler temps led to an epic mushroom event in my garden. I counted over 50 mushrooms there in one day! Here are a few of my garden journal pages.
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I made a tutorial video of this last mushroom page.
The 2018 monsoon in Tucson has been pretty spectacular. Amazing cloudscapes almost every day. I started a Monsoon Journal to document some of the beauty around me. Here are a few pages. All done with my new favorite paint, Acryla Gouache. I've done some YouTube videos on a few of these on my new YouTube channel:
In the summer of 2017 I started a nature journal. Although I've been painting for over 45 years, I'd never tried nature journaling until I came across the book " The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling" by John Muir Laws. I'd been wanting to document my garden and the larger area around me for years, but could never decide on an approach or format. After reading this amazing book, I had a new way of seeing and thinking about the natural world around me. I have been doing "plein air" sketching up on Tumamoc, the desert around me, and my own backyard for years, but not in a methodical way. I love this approach.