This observation journal page is an actual observation page.
On a recent page, I’d made a note to look more closely at noisy miners in future (see: more swapped descriptions). They are very common, and I’d fallen into a habit of thinking of them as drab grey birds.
They are not.
I made two quick drawn studies of some of the patterns I could see: first on the bird, then on the sofa.
Then I repeated the exercise, this time making written descriptions of the surfaces I could feel — both texture and temperature. The cool smooth varnished floorboards, with a faint impression of the grain, the slight rib(?) of buttons of close-set nails. The chalky-dry matt-satin of turquoise beads.
It’s a pleasantly meditative little exercise, just touching the surface of the desk and thinking carefully of words to to describe it.
- Look closely at some of the surfaces around you (look up and under as well as around). Sketch or briefly describe any repeated patterns (decorative or otherwise). (If you can, repeat the exercise both inside and outdoors — I found it much easier outside, and with live subjects.)
- Touch a few of the surfaces (using common sense). What textures are there, and what temperatures? Try to sketch those, or capture them accurately in words.
- Bonus rounds:
- Look at a favourite painting or photograph. Try to imagine and describe/sketch some of the textures in it.
- Pick a scene you are writing or drawing. See if you can put some of those textures/patterns into it.
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