What is a Creative Reset?

What is a Creative Reset?

Journal

I’m finding that many people appreciate long-form content because it’s more rich with meaning. Is this true for you, too? I was inspired to start publishing more of this kind of meaning-rich content through a process I did recently called a creative reset. I learned about the creative reset after reading about it on Dan … Read More

How to Choose Dynamic Bird Photos for Drawing and Painting

How to Choose Dynamic Bird Photos for Drawing and Painting

Tips

As a bird artist, I am constantly sifting through photo reference, looking for just the right image for my next drawing or painting. I believe that the best bird photos depict dynamic, lively poses. In this post, I share what I look for in an image and why I choose one image over another. The … Read More

How to Have a Great #Birdtober

How to Have a Great #Birdtober

Tips

While I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about #inktober, you may not be familiar with its kissing cousin, #Birdtober. #Birdtober also runs during the month of October and is rapidly growing in popularity. In this post, you’ll learn how to have a fun, productive, and great #birdtober2021! Choose your #Birdtober Prompt List (or Make Your Own) … Read More

Coping with Inadequate Photo Reference

Coping with Inadequate Photo Reference

Technique

Because I spend so much time looking for and using photo reference, I have had to learn to cope with inadequate images. Here are a three lessons I’ve learned that help me to get good results even when the photo doesn’t show everything I’d like it to. Lesson One: The more you know about bird … Read More

Gifts for Bird Artists: The Definitive Guide [2020]

Gifts for Bird Artists: The Definitive Guide [2020]

Tips

What gift should you get for a bird artist? Whether the person on your list is a beginner or a seasoned professional, there’s something on this gift list that will make your bird-loving artist gasp with delight! And if you know a birder, you’re in luck—lots of these gifts will make a bird watcher happy, … Read More

Drawing the Bill with Perspective

Drawing the Bill with Perspective

Technique

As a bird artist, I am constantly trying to improve my understanding of how birds are put together! That’s because the better I know my subject, the more realistic my results. In this post, I show how varying the perspective on the bill can help you see the volume and complex shapes that are often … Read More