Drawing Trees: Leaves and Branches (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Let's Draw Trees! Over the next few months we will explore ways of drawing trees. This month we start up-close with leaves and branches. Fall is a fun time to look at leaves and after the leaves have fallen, each species has unique leaf scars and buds. Say goodby to the generic branch under the Read More

Sketching Skulls & Bones (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

At once creepy and fascinating, the wonderful world of skulls and skeletons lies just below the surface of the living world. With the Halloween spirit still haunting us, and the dark winter nights setting in, now’s the time to face our fears and seek out new insights from the realm of bony relics! In this Read More

Leaves of Grass Workshop (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

"Oh, good scholar, I say to myself, how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these— the untrimmable light of the world, the ocean’s shine, the prayers that are made out of grass?"  Mary Oliver Once you see the beauty of grass, you can lose yourself for hours in a vacant lot or quiet prairie. Learn how to make a careful scientific Read More

The Secret of Interlocking Shapes (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Twisted, leaves, curled petals, resting mammals with folded legs, duck yoga- some complex shapes are difficult to see, understand, and draw. In these cases I return again and again to principles that simplify the subject and make them easier to transfer to paper. Learn how to use this technique to help you draw everything from Read More

The Watercolorist’s Bag of Tricks (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Have you mastered flat and graded washes and are looking for techniques to broaden your watercolor game? In this workshop we will explore techniques to extend the possibilities of watercolor. Bring your sketchbook, watercolor kit, Pentel Aquash Large waterbrush, a white crayon, and a white Prismacolor pencil. We will explore: Using a resist. Drybrush effects. Read More

Watercolor ABC’s (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Do you want to get started with using watercolor in your field sketches? This is the class for you. In this workshop I assume no background using watercolors and will cover the essentials to get you started, so that you can quickly and easily apply watercolor to your work. In this workshop you will learn: Read More

Reflections and other tricky things about water (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Why is water so hard to paint? How do you sketch something that's always moving? Why can you see the bottom of the lake in one spot, but the reflected sky right next to it? We’ll talk a little about the science, look at solutions different artists have used, develop some strategies for analyzing what Read More

Drawing Fundamentals: Gesture & Negative Shapes (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Start the Nature Journaling New Year with a look at the most important skills for getting an image on the paper. Using gesture sketching and negative shapes together allows you to block in basic shapes and see fundamental masses. Once you have this down, the details, color, and value can drop onto a framework that Read More

Color Gets All the Credit, Value Does All the Work (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

Want to get more of a pop from your watercolors? Wish they were easier to use? Would you like an adaptable system to help you get your paint down on the paper? It is easy to get wrapped around the axle about accurately matching a color. With practice and work you can learn to match Read More

Fast Notes & Quick Sketching With Mark Simmons (Tiburon)

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA, United States

"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly" -- Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7 Shakespearean tragedies usually don't involve a lot of nature journaling, but we've all been in situations where there's some fleeting image or precious information we'd to jot down as quickly as possible. By writing Read More

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