Attention and Curiosity with John Muir Laws and Fiona Gillogly (video)

On Feb 21, 2020, I gave a lecture at the Gateway Museum, Chico CA on attention and curiosity and the art and science of Nature Journaling. A highlight of the evening was a conversation with 16-year-old nature journaler Fiona Gillogly. Special thanks to Taz, coordinator of the Chico Nature Journal Club for this video.

How to draw scales

Learn the geometry of snake scales to help you sketch in the field. Don’t drive yourself nuts trying to copy every scale exactly. You can suggest scales with the X technique (demonstrated below), add a few details and you are good. Draw an x pattern over the back of the snake. Each of the scales will fit into

How to get started with Nature Journaling

The trick is to dive in but that is not as easy as it sounds. Here are a few thoughts to help you get started and keep at it. Moving the goal post Do not focus on trying to make pretty pictures. That just leads to journal block. Open your journal with the intention of

How to draw butterflies, dragonflies and the insects of summer

Bugs are fun and they are everywhere! Learn how to draw insects and spiders in quick field studies. Develop these drawings into careful studies. Learn important anatomical characteristics to look for and to make your drawings more accurate. Learn the top mistakes that everyone makes and how to avoid them. We also will explore how

Nature Journaling Weekend

[I]mmerse yourself in art and nature in a weekend journaling workshop at Pepperwood Ranch in Sonoma. Keeping a nature journal that encourages discovery and curiosity is the most effective way to train yourself to be a naturalist. Explore and describe the wildlife, wildflowers, and landscapes on the pages of your journal and discover secrets and

Building Naturalist Skills: Nature Journaling and Observation

“I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier Observation is a skill that you can hone by training and technique. Bringing these tools to bear in nature observation enhances the richness and joy of every moment in nature. Learn how

How to Draw a Bear: anatomy

Understanding mammal anatomy is essential for fast and accurate field sketching. You do not need to memorize every muscle in the book but there are 6 muscles that a mammal artist should have under their belt. These make distinct lumps and contours on the body. On long-haired mammals such as a bear, you do not

How to draw shorebirds: Step by Step

Shorebirds are great subjects to sketch. They will hang out and nap in plain sight, do not hide in vegetation and will return to the same postures again and again (feeding, resting, sleeping, etc.). Once you are familiar with the basic structure, you can adapt it to drawing any shorebird by modifying the beak shape