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!

News

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

Drawing Birds for Beginners – Live!

Drawing Birds for Beginners – Live!

News

Are you ready to start drawing birds? If you’ve wanted to learn how to draw beautiful, realistic birds then Drawing Birds for Beginners is for you! You will learn how to: Use pencil mark-making to depict feathers, bills, feet, and perches. Observe angles and measure proportions. Use hatching to create realistic feathers. Curate and preserve … Read More

Personal Practice as a Growing Artist

Personal Practice as a Growing Artist

Insights

As you probably already know, I draw birds every day—often several! What may surprise you, though, is that I am constantly at work on improving my skills and taking online classes to become a better artist. During the month of April, I wanted to explore this aspect of life as an artist, to dig more … Read More

How do your insecurities and doubts help you evolve as an artist?

How do your insecurities and doubts help you evolve as an artist?

Journal

Recently, I’ve struggled with artistic insecurity. As I started working on the preliminary sketches for my book contract, I found myself feeling very self conscious. I started second guessing myself at every turn. Mostly, I found myself worrying that my preliminary sketches weren’t going to be good enough. Mind you, I have prepared the author … Read More

Tending the star inside your heart

Tending the star inside your heart

Journal

As a vlogger, I watch lots and lots of YouTube content. One of the channels I’m most inspired by is The Cottage Fairy. The Cottage Fairy is Paola, a young woman who lives in a cabin in Pacific Northwest. A few episodes ago, she said, “I tend the star inside my heart to keep it … Read More