How to Nature Journal From Your Car

I’m going to show you how to nature journal from your car. A car is an amazing thing. Not only can it move you (and your art supplies) from one place to another but it can also protect you from the elements and keep you safe and maybe inconspicuous. And guess what? There are seats you can sit on built right into your car! Many cars are even equipped with pencil holders, windows that you can see through, sun-protecting roof, and many more comfort features than you can fit in your nature journal bag. It is often possible to park your car in locations with good views of natural areas. This is a good option to practice if you live in an area with harsh weather, if you have mobility limitations, don’t have access, don’t feel safe, or otherwise cannot go out into more “wildernessy” areas.

How to Nature Journal From the Front Seat of Your Car

First, let’s talk about how to nature journal from the driver’s seat. This position has several advantages:

  • Most importantly, you do not have to change positions between driving and drawing. This is very convenient. You can drive right up to a spot and start nature journaling without changing seats or rearranging much in your car.
  • Second, the steering wheel can be useful for balancing your sketchbook or drawing pad.
  • Lastly, the front windshield is probably your best view from your car.
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How to Nature Journal From Your Car: Hatchback Option

If you have an SUV, Pickup or a Hatchback this could be a good strategy for you. While this strategy requires more setup it also has some cool benefits. First, let’s look at the positive side:

  • First and foremost you can have a larger area for your workspace. This could even include a dedicated setup that you leave installed in the back. For example a portable easel or a desk. This is really good if you are doing larger format paintings in watercolor or even oil paintings.
  • Depending on your model of car you may get a better view from the back than through the front windshield.
  • Third, the hatchback door can serve as a protective overhang and provide shade.
  • Lastly, you might be able to setup a really comfortable chair in the back!

 

Are you completely new to nature journaling?

If so, then this post has the basics : How to Nature Journal in 10 Steps

Do you need help choosing nature journaling supplies? In that case check out Nature Journaling Supplies: What You Need and What You Do Not