How to Draw a Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are a diverse and fascinating family of birds, and easier to sketch than you’d think. I’ve been lucky in my travels to see and draw such colorful hummers like Violet Sabrewings in Honduras, Red-billed Streamertails in Jamaica and Magnificent Hummingbirds in Arizona. As you can see, hummingbird names are as whimsical as their behavior. […]

Georgia O’Keeffe Lesson Plan

Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15th, 1887 on a farm near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She has been an inspiration to me all of my life, with her love of nature and her subject matter that included the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of New Mexico, and the animal bones she found there.  So, in her honor, […]

Halloween Greetings

Boo and happy All Hallows’ Eve to you! As a naturalist, Halloween is my favorite holiday and there’s no better place to spend it than deep in a rainforest jungle where there’s certainly no shortage of Halloween-themed wildlife, from cave centipedes and their cockroach prey writhing in bat guano to blood-sucking tiger leeches and golf-ball sized […]

Beginner’s Tips for Painting Autumn Leaves

Fun with watercolors in the great outdoors!

Does the thought of painting in watercolor intimidate you? Is it even harder for you to imagine how you might do it outdoors, in a park or meadow? Let me help get you started! Fall leaves are a great subject to start your painting journey with, since they come in so many different colors which […]


Spooky Nature Facts About Vultures

They may not be beautiful, but vultures play a vital role in keeping disease in check. They do so by stripping carcasses quickly and efficiently. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it! I consider vultures to be endlessly fascinating in their habits and lifestyles. They are truly the garbage men and recycling team […]

In Celebration of Rhinos!

It’s World Rhinoceros Day! We set aside September 22 as World Rhinoceros Day to take a moment to learn about these impressive animals and the threats they face. Rhinoceros are at risk of extinction throughout their range, especially from poachers who hunt them for their horn with the false belief that it has medicinal qualities. […]

My Favorite Fish Recipe

How to cook Trapani-style salt-encrusted trout

Since I love sketching and I love cooking, what better way to combine the two than to cook what I sketch? So, recently, when I created a fish sketching tutorial using a fresh trout I’d purchased from the local fish monger, I didn’t want it to go to waste. So I decided to cook the […]

Day 6

Reap the Benefits!

For today’s challenge, I’d like you to think about all of the benefits you could reap from developing a routine nature sketching practice. This exercise will hopefully inspire you to pick up your pencil & journal and get outside more often. Benefits to a frequent sketching practice Listed below are just a few of the […]