People often ask me how I find the time to have a regular practice of going outdoors and playing in my nature journal. It’s as if I need to justify taking some ‘me time’ in this busy and over-stimulating world.
So, listed below are just a few of the benefits reaped from sketching and journaling in the outdoors.
Nature Sketching’s Many Benefits :
• Benefits our mental health, allowing time for quiet contemplation, meditation, and mindfulness of your surroundings, and improves our ability for sustained concentration.
• Provides a valuable record of your experiences in your sketchbook; more personal and cherished than simply a smartphone full of photos.
• Uses more parts of the brain, balancing our ‘left’ and ‘right’ sides of the brain regions.
• Teaches one about the subject as you observe it, regardless of the results on the paper.
• Provides a great reason to sketch with the children or students in your life, especially those that are studying outdoor subjects like biology, • geology, or meteorology.
I highly recommend this excellent article in Scientific American magazine, Rediscovering the forgotten benefits of drawing.