“Artist - indoors and out”
Liz Paganelli has lived in the Incline Village area for the past 20-something years. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts, and an MFA from John F. Kennedy University. Additionally, she studied printmaking at Kala Institute in Berkeley, Calif. And Santa Reparata Graphic Center in Florence, Italy.
After she settled in Incline Village, she taught drawing and printmaking courses at Sierra Nevada University, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Yosemite National Park.
Paganelli was inspired to draw at a young age, and finds drawing to be a staple in nearly every art form she works in. Her primary works are fine art pen and ink drawings, printmaking, and more recently watercolors. However, she’s added a new form of art to her repertoire during 2020: nature journaling.
“At the beginning of every year I sit down, evaluate my life, and think about my goals and what I would like to accomplish. Last year, one of my goals was to slow down, although I’m retired and my life is not hectic. I was always watching myself running all the time from one activity to another, always in a hurry,” said Panganelli in an artist brief.
Due to COVID-19, Paganelli was stuck at home. Her husband installed a bird feeder where she could see it from the living room, which began her interest in birdwatching, identifying the birds, and drawing them. She began a nature journal, and shortly after found it enriching her life.
Nature journaling is the artistic practice of drawing or writing in response to observations in nature. Charles Darwin, John Muir, and many other notable scientists and artists also nature journal.
Though Paganelli has always found doing art meditative, taking the conscious effort to slow down and observe helped her understand the benefits of nature journaling. She points out that you need very few tools to start a nature journal: a sketchbook, pencil, and an eraser.
“What’s wonderful about this practice is that anyone can do it. You don’t need to be an artist or naturalist. You just need to have the desire to learn and the skills will develop as you go,” said Paganelli.
In the near future, she hopes to start a Nature Journal Club for people of all ages. If you love art and nature, and would like to learn more, email Liz Paganelli at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can also check her website: www.lizpaganellifineart.com