I’ve been working my way through John Muir Laws’ The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, and it is an excellent book. He puts a strong emphasis on learning how to observe while teaching the underlying ideas of how to put a nature journal together. I loved so many of his ideas. The downside? benefit? of this book is that it is too large to take to the field. On one hand, that’s very good because it forces me to focus on what is actually there. On the other? Sometimes I’d like to just take the book with me and doodle on site from the book. It particularly touches my heart because he has written extensively about the Sierra Nevada wilderness, which is where I’m from. It makes me just a touch homesick. You can find his blog here. I would definitely recommend you’d buy this book in physical form. A tablet or kindle would have difficulty with the layout, and you’d lose the full effect.
First halfway successful waves painting. Watercolor, 11 x 15″ paper. Inspiration from Laws’ Book.