Weekend Nature Journal – Art Challenge

Have you ever thought about all the colours in water? At some point in childhood we are taught that if we draw the sea, the river, or a lake – that it should be blue. Look at the photographs included here. What colours can you see in the reflections? Forget that you are looking at water, instead think about the colours you would use if you had to match the details in the pictures to a paint palette.

Have a go at your own picture, how about filling a jam jar or a vase with water (even better if it also has some spring flowers in). What colours do you see in the clear space through the glass? Something fun to think about, or have a go at creating on the page.

When you go out for your daily walk notice any reflections in water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small puddle, or a huge river – what colours would you use if you were to paint it?

Sometimes I can’t always find the words that I want to describe things. Sometimes sketching and painting can help us to create a visual language that we can later translate into words.

Happy Weekend! Look out for a poem posted up on Monday.

Best wishes,


More lovely reflections sent in from Sean … Thank you!!

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

One thought on “Weekend Nature Journal – Art Challenge

  1. I took this photo – unedited, apart from slight cropping – a few weeks ago. At the time I was so focused on the tufted ducks that I didn’t properly see the water at all. Hope this pic shows up where it’s meant to,Sean

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