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July 2017

Nature Journal Homework

July 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In July, I will be Nature Journaling in Tanzania so there will be no official meetup of the North Coast Nature Journal Club. However, I will come up with some fun homework exercises for practicing while I am gone!

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September 2017

Draw Majestic Elk and Epic Landscapes!

September 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, Pierce Point Road, Inverness, CA + Google Map

In September we will hike out on Tomales Point to see the elk herds during their rut and enjoy the overall epic scenes! The Tule elk will be on their most dramatic behavior this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your journal. There will also be plenty of opportunity for…

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October 2017

Revisit Salmon Creek

October 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
South Salmon Creek, 116 Bean Ave, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 + Google Map

In October, we will be back to South Salmon Creek Beach to see how it has changed since our last visit in March. This will give us the perfect opportunity to talk about the role of our nature journals in seasonal patterns and changes over time. How are the colors different? How have the animal tracks and behavior changed since our visit in March? This is a very fun location to observe coastal wetlands, waterbirds, and to explore animal tracks…

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Sketch at the Reptile Expo!

October 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

On October 22nd I will be geeking out with my nature journal at the reptile expo in Santa Rosa at the fairgrounds!! It will be a great opportunity to see a diversity of willing models from around the world. As you might know I am passionate about sketching snakes and really look forward to drawing some of the endlessly fascinating color patterns on their skins. Look for parking at the Veterans hall across the street. 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa,…

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November 2017

Second Chance Elk at Tomales Point!

November 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, Pierce Point Road, Inverness, CA + Google Map

In November we will hike back out to Tomales Point for a second chance or a double dose of the Tule Elk! We went once in September and it was awesome! There should still be some of the mating season behavior at this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your…

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December 2017

Explore Sunset at the Laguna!

December 17, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In December we will meet at the Laguna de Santa Rosa trail during the most exciting and most beautiful time of day! The crepuscular hours are when many raptors can be seen hunting and many mammals are out in the open. Every time I walk this trail near sunset I'm surprised by how many birds I see and by the incredibly lit landscapes. Last time, I saw a family of owls! We will focus on techniques for drawing and painting…

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February 2018

Capture the Beauty of Bodega Head!

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bodega Head

For the month of February, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will be heading out to Bodega Head in Sonoma County! I am really excited about the opportunities that this spot will provide. We will focus on techniques for drawing and painting quick landscapes and how to crop and choose a good composition.  There are many beautiful coves, rock formations, and charismatic trees to draw. While we are working on these, there will probably be cool bird sightings mixed in,…

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March 2018

Discover the Grove of Old Redwoods

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grove of Old Trees, 17400 Fitzpatrick Lane
Occidental , CA United States
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For the month of March, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will be discovering the grove of old redwood trees in Occidental! I am  excited about the journaling opportunities at this forested location. We will focus on techniques for drawing ferns, trees, and simplifying bark patterns. We will also be on the lookout for interesting amphibians that may be living in the redwood duff and birds that might visit. We won't cover much distance and we will probably have long…

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April 2018

Sketch and Journal at Shell Beach!

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
CA United States

In the month of April, the North Coast Nature Journal club will be heading back to the beautiful ocean with our sketchbooks and watercolors as well as our observation skills and our learning intentions. This site will provide a perfect opportunity for practicing the drawing of compelling landscape scenes including rocks, water, and coastal bluffs. We will go over several techniques specifically designed to help you portray these subjects with line work or in watercolor. There is also a secret…

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May 2018

Discover Sonoma Mountain!

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In the month of May, the North Coast Nature Journal club will be heading into the beautiful wooded hills east of Santa Rosa with our sketchbooks and watercolors as well as our observation skills and our learning intentions. This site is incredibly gorgeous this time of year, with verdant oaks,  lofty redwoods, dramatic creekbeds and waterfalls, and some incredible views of Sonoma County. We will go over several observation techniques that are useful with these particular subjects and do some…

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