Join me as I record observations of a Douglas Iris using colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, and pen. In addition to seeing how to draw an iris, learn about starting an observation project in nature near you!
Abby McBride is a self-described sketch biologist, meaning she explores the world with a sketchbook to look for insight into the past, present, and future of landscapes and living things. She writes and illustrates multimedia stories about biology, ecology, and conservation. At the 2019 Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, she shared how she used sketching to tell
Gull identification has always given me trouble. Not only are the species similar but the plumage changes dramatically over the first few years of life. Some species, such as the large Western Gull take four years to develop. In its first year, the gull has mottled brown feathers (think of play clothes). As the bird
Theaomai; from thaomai (n.f.), to wonder. To behold, view attentively; to contemplate. It is regard for something marked by a sense of wonderment; a contemplative and ponderous gaze which carefully and deliberately observes an object in order to perceive it correctly and in detail. Theaomai involves more than merely seeing, it is noticing, recognizing, and
Keeping a journal is the single most powerful way to enhance your nature observation, memory, curiosity and appreciation of nature. Do not worry about drawing pretty pictures. The goal is to come more deeply alive through attending to the beauty and wonder of the world. In this workshop I describe an approach to journaling that can
Learn how to make a block diagram to explore and visualize patterns in nature. Creating a block diagram combines information from an overhead map (plan view) and a cross-section (side or elevation view). Try creating one of these views for your sit spot or one of your favorite areas to explore. Making the block diagram
Learn how to make a map in your nature journal to help you observe and remember patterns in nature. [M]aking a map will help you notice and remember patterns in vegetation and the landscape that you otherwise might not see. These simple diagrams can show the arrangement of vegetation and other elements more clearly than
Looking at Birds: An Antidote to Field Guides is an outstanding guide to observing the world and bringing greater joy and curiosity to the study of birds. The author is John Busby, master bird artist whose fast bird sketches capture the aliveness and energy of a bird like no one I have ever seen. His
“I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see.” —Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier David Sibley has been looking at Juncos. He has observed millions of Juncos in his day. He knows them very well. But instead of saying “Yep, more juncos on the feeder”
Here is a clip from a presentation at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary at the opening event for my new book, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds.