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Mike Dickison

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I'm keeping a nature journal: drawing, painting, and taking notes on the things I come across as a museum curator – field trips, observations of where I live, specimens collected from the wild or in the museum. I want to build drawing back into the way I observe the natural world.


Day 1: Titoki

Pencil and coloured pencil

I was walking in Gordon Park near Whanganui, and noticed that the leaves of young titoki (Alectryon excelsus) were chewed to quite different degrees, and in different ways, probably by more than one kind of moth caterpillar. So I collected some to draw. It's hard to get the difference in shades between the young and mature leaves using the half-dozen different coloured pencils I have, none of which are quite the right green.