Hints for accurate nature sketching

Easy steps for drawing in nature Check out my easy-peesy hints for learning to observe and sketch more accurately. Feel free to download the cheat sheet shown below that  I use in my classes to teach beginning sketchers the basics of drawing what they see. And if you like it, I encourage you to sign up […]

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 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 includes chapters on the anatomy, […]

How to Sketch a Warbler

Step-by-step tutorial on sketching a warbler The 2-minute video below shows you my technique for sketching warblers, using an Ovenbird as an example.This species is stockier than most warblers, looking a bit more like a sparrow than your average warbler, but the basic body plan is the same. To learn more about Ovenbirds visit the Cornell Lab […]

Bird Sketching Tutorials

Learn easy techniques for sketching birds I love teaching folks how to sketch birds, both at live workshops and online with my easy tutorials. Watch the videos below and download the helpful handouts on sketching birds. If you’d like to learn even more about sketching birds, take my online class or join me on a nature sketching retreat! […]

My Favorite Watercolor Painting Supplies

An introduction to watercolor painting supplies Have you always wanted to learn to use watercolors but were afraid to try?  You shouldn’t be. Watercolors are fast, easy, and non-toxic and they yield beautiful results once you learn a few simple techniques and use good quality materials. I have been painting with watercolors and teaching art courses and […]

Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

Have you ever been traveling and noticed a person completely engrossed in the activity of journaling, perhaps with a somewhat dreamy expression on her face, and seemingly oblivious to the chaos around her? Perhaps you said to yourself “I should try that on my next trip.” I encourage you to follow that hunch, and here’s […]