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Field Notes

10 Aug

It’s been a busy summer of traveling for the Drawing Down the Vision team. Some of it work, some of it play… we are always looking for new ideas and ways that basic sketching skills can be used to get the job done.

While my family and I (Amy) were on vacation in Montana, we had the great privilege to visit a team of paleontologists working at a dinosaur dig site. These scientists take copious field notes about where things are found at a site and how they are arranged throughout the extraction process so the fossilized dinosaur bones can be best preserved.

While on route to the dinosaur dig we drove through prime Lewis and Clark territory.

What would their journey have been with out all of their now famous journals depicting everything they encountered and the landscape through which they traveled? It is the quality of their drawings and sketches that really made the journals valuable for future explorers following in their path.

In today’s day and age, we are certainly not limited to the tools Lewis and Clark. We have photography to help us document our travels in the world. But drawing a place, or a found feather, stone or bone really places you there in the moment. Recording your view or your find in a way no one else can.

Try taking some “field notes” while on your summer travels. You may find it enhances your experience. And the drawings you bring home in your sketchbook will forever remind you of exactly where you were, what you were seeing and how that all felt.

There’s tremendous value in that.

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