Category Archives: Sketching

August, Osage County, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

With singing dickcissels every fifteen feet (it seemed), giant swallowtails (Papilio cresphontes) flapping over blooming ironweed, and goldenrod pushing up through clumps of big bluestem- and where off in the shade bison rested, the bulls getting itchy, ready to rut- … Continue reading

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The Motmot Holiday Gift Bag is a Bookcase

A few last minute gift ideas for you or the lucky bird artists in your life: The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, by John Muir Laws, Heyday Press, covers so much ground so comprehensively that the next time I teach … Continue reading

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Drawing Orchids, Wanting So Much More

This week I did something I knew I would regret. I fell for an orchid. Ant Man’s favorite expression,”Ever desiring, ever desirous” sounds a little redundant, but he claims it’s from the Tao Te Ching. ( he uses it on me whenever … Continue reading

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Friday Fauna- garden-variety pairings*

Our front yard has lost its lawn, piece by piece, in favor of more and more flowers. We have become an arthropod haven and refueling station for every bee, butterfly and hummingbird in the neighborhood. Pollinators need a little sanctuary … Continue reading

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100,000 Ways to Start a Painting

Actually, it’s probably somewhere in the billions. Anyone with a pencil or brush can devise a new method. I like to experiment. Here’s my newest: take an original field sketch and make a thumbnail rough on another piece of paper. … Continue reading

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Friday Fauna-Jungle Escape Pod

The cat caught a mouse between my bare feet this week. She’d lain siege for days listening to it scrabble and gnaw behind the kitchen baseboards. While I stood at the sink and washed dishes, I felt a light breeze … Continue reading

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Friday Fauna- Herding Oklahoma

Sometimes living in Oklahoma is just the best of the best, especially if you have secret cowgirl lifestyle yearnings. Deep in the heart of Oklahoma City, a stockyard sprang up today, surrounded by modern, glassy skyscrapers, and there was much … Continue reading

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