Flanders Poppies

I’ll be going live on my ​Facebook ​page (3 PM PDT) to sketch the Flanders Poppy and its intricate seed pods. I’d love to have you ​join me​ (either live or anytime afterward) and bring your favorite art supplies so that you can follow along. If you want...
Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes are celebrated on Whooping Crane day each year on May 28th. Below you can learn some cool facts about these endangered North American birds. Facts About Whooping Crane The Whooping Crane; Grus americana, of North America is among the rarest birds in...
Discover and Sketch Parrots and Macaws

Discover and Sketch Parrots and Macaws

Below you’ll find two webinars and downloadable resources I’ve created to help you learn about the amazing family of birds known as parrots, in honor of World Parrot Day on May 31st! Endemic Parrots of the Caribbean Workshop Learn all about parrots in this...
Otter Day

Otter Day

World Otter Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of May.  In celebration, here’s a fun video below of the North American river otter; Lontra canadensis, that I filmed at the High Desert Museum located in my town of Bend, Oregon. North American River Otters...
World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

Let’s Learn About Land Turtles! It’s World Turtle Day on May 23rd so let’s ‘shellabrate! The day was created to learn more about land turtles and tortoises and how to protect them and their habitats worldwide. You can learn all about the characteristics and...
Identifying Warblers

Identifying Warblers

By Christine Elder  (Includes tips, videos, resources, and downloadable guides for warbler identification) Identifying Those Troublesome Warblers! One of the more challenging bird families to identify is the Parulidae; or New World Wood Warblers. Many, like the common...
Endangered Species Spotlight

Endangered Species Spotlight

Shining a Spotlight on Endangered Species In observance of both Endangered Species Day and International Day for Biological Diversity, I’m sharing some stories and sketching tutorials I’ve created about a diverse array of our planet’s threatened and...
Let’s Sketch African Ungulates

Let’s Sketch African Ungulates

CLICK HERE to register for this free workshop In this workshop, you’ll learn about the members of the cattle family that make up the herds of grazing mammals that roam the African savannas, such as buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, kudu, nyala, duiker, gazelle,...
World Migratory Bird Day Celebrations

World Migratory Bird Day Celebrations

DISCOVER AND SKETCH THE 2023 FEATURED SPECIES! Watch the two workshops below where I share fun facts about the 2023 World Migratory Bird Day featured species as I demonstrate how to sketch each of them including the Northern Shoveler, American White, Pelican, Osprey,...
American Pitcher Plants

American Pitcher Plants

Learn All About the Pitcher Plants of Eastern North America Watch the video recording below where I’ll introduce you to the fascinating world of carnivorous plants. Then we’ll focus in on the group of plants known as pitcher plants with an emphasis on the...
Leopard Day

Leopard Day

May 3rd is International Leopard Day, an occasion to celebrate the ‘big cats’ including the African leopard, Panthera pardus, as well as their closest relative, the American Jaguar, Panthera onca. You can learn all about panthers and the characteristics of...
Sketching Venus Flytraps

Sketching Venus Flytraps

Check out my video workshop below where you’ll learn spooky facts about the Venus Flytrap and also learn how to create a drawing of one, complete with a captured fly! First, download your Venus Flytrap Sketching Cheatsheet that you’ll use to follow along...
Sketching a Scarlet Macaw

Sketching a Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw Workshop In the video workshop below, we’ll focus on macaws; the showiest and largest members of the beloved parrot family, many of which face extinction in the wild. Then, I’ll lead you through a step-by-step drawing tutorial of the...
Migratory Bird Day

Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It is celebrated twice each year, at the height of the migratory seasons, on the second Saturday...
Wicked World of Carnivorous Plants

Wicked World of Carnivorous Plants

May 4th is World Carnivorous Plant Day! What Are Carnivorous Plants? Read on to discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants; their diversity, ecology, and distribution, then watch a video I made about my favorite species from Malaysia! Carnivorous plants are...
The Mighty Bluefin Tuna

The Mighty Bluefin Tuna

In honor of World Tuna Day which is observed annually on May 2nd, I’d like to share some fascinating biological facts, as well as conservation issues surrounding one of the most endangered species of the world’s tunas; the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Bluefin Tuna...
Penguin Day

Penguin Day

Penguins are so lovable, they have THREE days of the year that celebrate them; Penguin Awareness Day on January 20th, World Aquatic Animals Day on April 3rd, and World Penguin Day on April 25th! So, learn all about penguins and how to draw them below in the two...
Celebrate Tapirs!

Celebrate Tapirs!

It’s World Tapir Day! Each year on April 27th we celebrate World Tapir Day. Read on to learn all about tapirs and also watch a workshop on how to sketch and paint a tapir! Tapirs are large, primitive mammals that you’ve likely never heard of. They look a...
John James Audubon

John James Audubon

John James Audubon John James Audubon was one of the world’s most acclaimed ornithologists and bird artists, known best for his studies and illustrations of North American birds in their natural habitat. As a bird artist myself, I’ve always been fascinated...
Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was created in 1970 to gain traction for the grassroots environmental awareness movement. Public concern over protecting our planet was still in its infancy during this time prior to environmental regulation,...