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 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 […]