Live blogging from the FNPS 2013 conference

A lovely quilt made by FNPS member is being offered
as one of our raffle items. 

An update from the FNPS conference in Jacksonville. Wish you were here!

Yesterday, people coming back from field trips had smiles on their faces from all their great adventures from the Okefenokee Swamp just across the border in Georgia to Camp Blanding in Clay County.

Also yesterday, the first of four workshops was offered, the nature journaling workshop taught by artist and nature journalist Elizabeth Smith. (See below.) This workshop was one of four workshhops offered. We also have a basket weaving workshop taught by Dick Workman and a tree planting workshop on Friday, which have both sold out.  The homeowners landscaping workshop on Saturday still has room and you may sign up onsite. It's only $25.

All the vendors, inside and out, have set up and are ready for business. And we have three different raffle items: the lap quilt with FNPS chapter logos surrounding the FNPS logo, a wonderful kayak donated by REI, and a weekend vacation.  Tickets are $5 each.

After the introduction, Elizabeth demonstrated how
she sketches a blackberry flower, leaves and fruit.

Nature Journaling Workshop
by Elizabeth Smith

This three-hour workshop was limited to ten people so the participants would receive individual attention and each one received a bag filled with journaling supplies including a pad, a pen, mechanical pencils, eraser, watercolor palate and a water brush.

Each participant chose a spot for sketching. Eliabeth moved between the particpants
with help as they sketched their subjects.

The results... Elizabeth demonstrating the water brush, which
includes a tube to hold water that can be released
by squeezing.
After the water coloring, paticipants work on water colors
either to fill in their drawings or just to test the process.

The Thursday Evening Wecome Social

Members were happy that the social included dinner, because they were hungry after an exciting day on the field trips, workshops or just traveling to Jacksonville.
The ususal suspects gather for the evening social on Thursday evening.
Committee members Pete and Sally after dinner.Enjoying thebeautiful evening out on the pavilion after dinner.
Live blogging from the conference posted by Ginny Stibolt.


Elizabeth said…
Enjoyed giving this workshop so much. Loved meeting new friends who are willing to stretch their creative wings. Thanks everyone for your participation in the Nature Journal Workshop! Great photos, Ginny!
~ Elizabeth Smith
Ginny Stibolt said…
Hi Elizabeth,
I think it would be fun to contact everyone who participated in this workshop to see if they (we) continued to do any drawing or painting, now that we have a start on the supplies we need.

Thanks for being our leader.
Elizabeth said…
Ginny - the more I think about this, the more I love this idea! We had all levels of talent in our group, and one of the wonderful things about coming back together is the opportunity to share, advise, and support each other. It would be a great tool for learning, but as you say -- also FUN!

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