Fabulous Frogs

April is National Frog Month! Resources to learn more about frogs Link to amphibian educational materials Threats to Frogs  The video below introduces a new movie by the folks at Frog Rescue and Jonathan Kolby, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who is studying threatened frogs in remote regions of the world. Learn more about his […]

How to Sketch Beetles

Why learn to sketch beetles? Well, did you know that approximately 25% of earth’s animal species are beetles? That’s right, entomologists believe that there are over 350,000 species of beetles in the world. So, it’s likely you’ll encounter one on your nature explorations. They can be found worldwide on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat […]

How to Sketch Newts

How to Sketch a Newt In this video, you’ll learn about newts, salamanders, and amphibians while also learning to draw them.  Download the  Newt Sketching Cheatsheet and follow along.   I filmed this tutorial live in my Nature Sketching Challenge Facebook group.  If you enjoyed it and would like to learn more about plants, animals and how to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Hints for accurate nature sketching

Have you always wanted to sketch the natural world but didn’t know how? Perhaps you’ve taken drawing lessons in the past but were either frustrated with the techniques or have forgotten what you learned. Well, I’m here to reassure you that anyone can learn to draw with skill and confidence, it just takes a clear […]

How to Draw a Woodpecker

Step-by-Step Tutorial on Drawing a Woodpecker Get a pencil and paper and follow along to this quick tutorial. How to Draw a Woodpecker   How to Draw a Woodpecker Coloring Page Woodpecker-How-To-Draw (pdf) All You Ever Wanted to Know About Woodpeckers The Peterson Reference Guide to North American Woodpeckers by Stephen A. Shunk This 300-page book […]

How to Choose Your Watercolor Hues and Palettes

How to Choose the Hues and Palettes for your Watercolor Practice In this short video I give you three ideas for getting started with watercolors. I’ll share with you my favorite pigments and the pros and cons of using three different sizes of watercolor palettes.   Want to learn more about painting? If you enjoyed this […]