“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Curiosity is not a trait you are born with. It is a skill that you can develop and refine with practice.It is more essential than any Read More
“The perfect is the enemy of the good.” —Voltaire Have you ever found yourself paralyzed by perfectionism before a blank journal page? Perhaps you are starting a brand new journal, are about to make the first sketch of the day, are presented with a complex or beautiful object, have been intimated by amazing artwork in someone Read More
Have you always wanted to keep a nature journal or are you looking for ways to make your nature journaling a richer experience? In this workshop we will explore fundamental principles to jumpstart and extend your journaling practice. You will learn: Why to keep a nature journal and see examples of many ways to practice. Read More
What is the best way to get yourself to sketch and use your journal more often? Make your sketching kit more easily accessible. If your journal is easy to grab and put away, you will find you use it all the time. If is is a hassle, that negative reinforcement will slowly push you away Read More
Sketchnoting is a way of journaling your ideas on the fly while you listen to a lecture, meeting, class, or anything you want to pay more attention to. In this workshop, veteran Sketchnoter Kate Rutter gives us the basics on how to keep your own sketchnotes. This is a high percentage skill that you will Read More
On February 23, 2016 I was a guest on Ecotopia Radio KZFR 90.1 Chico. I had a great discussion with hosts Susan and Stephen Tchudi. Listen to the show.
The way in which you hold your journal makes a big difference in your ability to sketch in the field. Test these techniques with your journal to see what works best for you and the size of journal you carry.
Have you ever seen a drawing demonstration and thought “wow, she sure does great stuff with that pen- if I had a pen like that…” Here is the truth. No tool is a shortcut. It is not the pen. It is not the paint set. It’s not the journal. It is not the pencil. It’s Read More
Often I am so busy sketching that I completely lose track of page composition. I lose myself in observations and then look down at the page and think “hmm, what can I do with this?” By adding, titles, boxes of written notes, areas of tone or color, and expanding some sketches with habitat or as Read More
Just as you can create an interesting and dynamic composition within a single drawing, the entire page, with it’s mix of sketches and written notes, can also have a dynamic composition. Some people plan this out in advance. The calligrapher and nature journaler J. Panter draws page layout ideas into the back of her journal. Each of these Read More