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I like paper. In the majority of its forms. Plain paper, coloured paper, patterned paper, ruled paper (only college-ruled - I don't support wide-ruled), A4, legal, in books, around gifts, sopping up grease from food. I like paper. Which is why, coming up to finals period last year, I was lurking around the campus bookstore. And no, I was not being a waste and waiting until the last minute to buy a book. There was a lot going on and I knew being around books would be comforting. I found a book on nature journaling (Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles Roth) and I bought it.

I haven't finished the book yet but the basic idea I got from it was practicing observation - using sketches and jotting notes. It isn't about whether the sketches ~look good~ or the notes are the notes are scientifically correct. It's a way to have fun and record the moments/places/people around you.

I applied that to some of our planned trips in Spain - namely to the campo in Granada, Ronda, Cordoba, and a half-hearted attempt in Sevilla (it was rainy and cold). I also visioned myself as an artsy-type who made sketches and sat in cafes and had people come approach and ask if the work was for sale. I mostly did it to stay engaged and to have fun. Truthfully, I don't remember a third of what our guides told us during the tours. However, I do remember how hard it was to accurately copy the patterns above the arch in the Mezquita (Cordoba), or how amused I was with the torso of the bull (Ronda), or how much I need to practice drawing hands (!) (Granada), or how easy it is to tear napkins when you're trying to fill in trees (Santiago de Compostela).

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Me gusta papel. En lo mayoría de sus formas. Papel blanco, papel con colores, papel con marcas, papel con lineas, A4, legal, en libros, con regalas, quitando la grasa de comida. Me gusta papel. Y por eso, durante mis exámenes finales el año pasado, estaba en la librería de la universidad. Y no, no había esperado hasta el ultimo momento para comprar un libro. Había mucho en la mente y sabía que libros me consolarían. Encontré un libro sobre hacer un diario de la naturaleza y le compré.

Todavía no lo termino pero la idea es que tienes que practicar observar - con dibujos y notas. No te importa que los dibujos no sean bonitas o las notas sean científicamente preciso. Es una manera para divertirte y recordar los momentos/lugares/personas en su ambiente.

Lo usé en algunos de nuestros excursiones en España - en Granada, Ronda y Cordoba. Pensaba que yo era una artista que hace dibujos y se sienta en cafes y la que personas se acercan y se preguntan si los dibujos son para vender. La verdad es que no recuerdo un tercero de que las guías nos dijeron. Pero, recuerdo lo difícil de copiar las marcas encima de la arca en la Mezquita (Cordoba), o como me divertí el torso del toro (Ronda), o como tengo que practicar dibujar las manos (!) (Granada), o lo fácil rasgar servilletas cuando quieres dibujar arboles (Santiago de Compostela).

Cordoba


Ronda


Santiago de Compostela


Granada





Y ya está. That's all I have for now. The canción is "Sandcastles" by Beyoncé. 



Thanks for reading//Gracias por leer,
Keren


2 Comments

  1. These are so beautiful! Especially the napkin art

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    1. Wow, I'm a month late.
      Thank you Rochelle!

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