Wow! Spring was fun and busy at the same time! I taught two classes at Barbey Center at the Maritime Museum - Natural Science Illustration and Butterflies and Botanicals. I participated in a group show Forest Flora at Tillamook Forest Center showing some of my drawings of native plants, I also taught two workshops there as part of the monthly celebration of wildflowers. I tried to find time to sketch blooming trilliums and treated myself to a class at Tryon Creek State Park taught by Janet Parker.
Hiking and sketching at Ecola state Park. Lots of amazing fungi and lichen!
Just finished teaching Art of Ethnobotany at Seaside High School. It was a very rewarding teaching experience! You can read about it here: http://www.dailyastorian.com/SS/news/20151210/seaside-class-explores-art-nature-native-plants
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I love mushroom hunting, must be my Eastern European blood. I do take lots of caution, and use many resources/field guides/workshops, etc. to learn about mushrooms. I wouldn't eat anything I can't identify with 100% accuracy. Besides these photos below I also found chanterelles, but was too excited with harvesting to take photos!
Teaching at Sitka was a great experience. The environment was great for creative work and self reflection. Below are pictures of students and their work in progress. Impressive!!
Teaching at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita was a great experience! We utilized the garden as much as possible, and also spent some time in the studio. What a lovely group of people!
Sun-swept grasses beneath clear blue skies at the Circle Creek Habitat Reserve provided ideal conditions last Sunday for students attending a Nature Journaling Workshop under the skilled guidance of local educator, artist and forager, Dorota Haber-Lehigh.
CBAA Chairperson Mary Bess Gloria and Treasurer Carolyn Propst were seeking to provide activities for artists submitting work to a juried exhibit at the Cannon Beach Gallery. The theme, Terra Nova, requested that artists “blur the lines and depart from conventional interpretations of the landscape” and was curated by the CBAA Gallery Committee. As a volunteer for both CBAA and NCLC, Carolyn Propst reached out to NCLC Director Katie Voelke, who was enthusiastic about the possibility of bringing artists to the land to engage in the creative process while getting inspiration from the source that keeps on giving - precious planet Earth. Conditions could not have been more optimal on the date of the event. The days prior were foggy and misty, but Sunday morning brought lots of sun and a gentle whooshing breeze blowing through the plant life at the Reserve.
Dorota and Katie led the group of twelve on a short hike through the loop trail in the forest at Circle Creek, back around to a gathering spot beneath a large Sitka, where Dorota shared drawings from her own Nature Journal, where she keeps exquisite renderings of various botanical specimens alongside information she gathers about the plants and trees she encounters on her many hikes along the Oregon Coast. Arranged in the book by the month in which she saw them, Dorota also shared drawings that were completed on a Spring vacation to Florida, where the colors and ecology are very different than those found here in Oregon.
Dorota provided a demonstration of drawing basic shapes in nature - cylinders for trees. She encouraged students to examine the angles or directional lines that they observed and capture the basic essence of the specimens rather than starting with a detailed drawing. She gave demonstrated shading, with a discussion of value in color from dark to light, and as well as the practice of creating texture. Students then dispersed into various areas, either along the trail or under the shade of the Sitka, to practice their own drawings of their observations. Dorota was on hand to answer questions and provide guidance and feedback when needed.
For the full post written by Mary Bess see
Educator, artist, forager