jill bliss’ drawing nature journal + guest series

by Grace Bonney

I’m thrilled to start this week with a special guest series from one of my favorite artists, Jill Bliss. I’ve been following Jill’s work since I started D*S, and I feel like I’m instantly transported into the forest every time I look at her drawings. Based in Portland, Jill is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, and she chose to make those nature-inspired drawings the theme of her latest book, The Nature Drawing Journal.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or new to nature drawing, Jill’s journal was designed to teach you how to draw natural objects, improve your drawing skills and inspire you with fun techniques that aid in your own nature drawing.

Jill described this new manual/journal/inspiration/drawing book (it’s so many things wrapped into one) as a true labor of love and that passion really comes through for me. Jill has always been someone I associate so closely with nature that it seems like a natural (no pun intended) progression to see her focus an entire book on that theme. Whether you’re surrounded by nature or have to scrounge for a bit of greenery (hello, my neighborhood), Jill’s journal will definitely inspire you to grab some pencils or watercolors and spend a little more time outdoors. And considering my skin is approaching a color best described as “translucent,” I think a little outdoor time wouldn’t hurt me. You can pick up Jill’s book (192 pages, printed with soy-ink on FSC-certified paper) right here for $17. The first 50 copies will be signed by Jill, so if you’d like to grab an autographed version, be sure to place your order soon.

In honor of Jill’s new book, she’ll join us every morning this week with a new drawing she’s done around her hometown of Portland, Oregon. This morning, she’s sharing the drawing above and her thoughts about it below. Thanks again to Jill for sharing some beautiful reminders that spring is right around the corner. xo, grace

From Jill: I’m not sure what kind of bush this is, but the flowers are awesomely fragrant! I just had to bring some back to the studio after my morning run yesterday. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds, and the weather is finally warmer here in Portland!

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