Workshop: Learn to Paint a Western Bluebird

Workshop: Learn to Paint a Western Bluebird

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Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the birds in your garden? In this fun workshop, I’ll introduce you to painting birds using liquid acrylics. Liquid acrylics are inexpensive, readily available, and come in a vast array of colors. For the beginning painter, they’re a super way to get started without breaking the … Read More

Subspecies Identification Infographic

Subspecies Identification Infographic

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My work has been featured in an article in Birding as well as the website for the American Birding Association! I was asked by Douglas Robinson, lead author of the article: Field Identification of Subspecies: When and how to report them in eBird, to create an infographic for the article. The brief called for a … Read More

Using Drawing Tools: Grids, proportional dividers, or apps

Using Drawing Tools: Grids, proportional dividers, or apps

Tips

When I was learning how to draw birds, I believed that a skilled artist would only draw freehand—that they would work strictly from observation, measure by eye, and produce an accurate depiction of the subject based on their drafting skills alone. No professional artist would ever use drawing tools like grids, proportional dividers, or an … Read More

Foot Tutorial: Tips for Bird Artists [Video]

Foot Tutorial: Tips for Bird Artists [Video]

Tutorial

Why is it that drawing bird feet is so challenging? Many artists struggle with getting an accurate depiction of this part of the bird. In this video tutorial, I’ll walk you through some of the structure of bird feet that will help you to gain confidence and draw them more accurately. To jump to specific … Read More

Birdtober 2022 Photo Reference Stash

Birdtober 2022 Photo Reference Stash

Birds

It’s time to get ready for #Birdtober2022! In this post, I’ll be sharing photo reference for all the birds in the Birdtober2022 prompt list. Even though I’m no longer on Instagram, I plan to do my own version of Birdtober as a fun way to learn new skills and practice drawing birds. Here are a … Read More

Learn to Paint Podcast!

Learn to Paint Podcast!

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I was recently interviewed by Kelly Anne Powers for the Learn to Paint podcast! Here’s how Kelly described our conversation: Yes we do talk about birds, but really it’s a conversation about details, realism, and setting up an art practice that works for you. In the conversation you’ll get some ideas for setting up focused practice, … Read More