Walt Davis: Nature Journaling Workshop

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September 7, 2019 10am-4pm

$85 including lunch

Held at Donnas church studio, 209 S. Main St., Saint Jo, TX.  This workshop has limited space so call (940) 995-2786 to reserve your spot today. Or email Walt atwidavis7@gmail.com


Journaling: Capturing Images and Impressions in Words and Drawings

​This workshop will combine power-point presentations, demonstrations, handouts, guided exercises, and individual feedback – all designed to enhance and enrich the journaling experience. We will explore the potential of pencil and ink drawings enhanced with watercolor washes to capture images and impressions. What is learned will be useful to those who practice nature, garden, or travel journaling as well as those who journal as a form of meditation or prayer. Expect a fast-paced day, a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and time well spent with like-minded visual explorers.

PLEASE NOTE: All supplies are NOT included and you will need to purchase your supplies from the list provided in advance of the workshop

Walt Davis https://waltdavisart.com/

   Walt holds a BS in zoology, minor in geology, from the University of Texas and a MS in wildlife science from Texas A&M University, specialty ornithology.  The Dallas Museum of Natural History offered him a position before graduation and he worked there 25 years as preparator, curator of vertebrate collections, and curator of exhibits.  Creating scientifically accurate and esthetically pleasing wildlife dioramas required close observation of wild places and the plants and animals that inhabit them.  That experience has given Davis a unique point of view from which to interpret nature in various media, especially watercolor.  

    He is a signature member and past president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and signature member of the American Watercolor Society.  One of his large insect portraits won an award at the AWS annual show in 2013 and toured the US in the society’s traveling exhibit that year.  Another won an award in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014.  

   Davis has taught watercolor, figure drawing and plein air sketching at Eastfield Community College, Amarillo College, Panhandle Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Art, and in his studio in Commerce, Texas.  He has conducted demonstrations and workshops in Amarillo, Brownsville, Dallas, San Angelo and nine other Texas cities.  More recently Davis has been teaching nature journaling workshops to Texas Master Naturalist groups and has conducted 5 journaling workshops at the Hageman National Wildlife Refuge in north Texas. 

   He Co-authored the book Exploring the Edges of Texas (2010),  the account of a 4,000-mile trip around the border of Texas and authored Building an Ark for Texas: The Evolution of a Natural History Museum (2016), a history of the Dallas museum that gave him his first job.  Texas A&M University Press published both books.