Category Archives: Diversions

Doodles and sketches that don’t fit anywhere else

Bird Work, Bird Art, Bird Play

Writing goes and goes. I’m still in Panama, working on a chapter about raptors. Which sounds straightforward until I figured out that raptors, for me, are not so much about their biology as their cultural and personal meaning. What, after all, could be more allegorical than a eagle? Or … Continue reading

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What do Toucans Really Think?

Morning ritual in Panama: take coffee cup to the chair at the back door landing, open the sketchbook, raise the binoculars. The forest patch behind the house looks like a life-sized diorama of a jungle scene. A Nance tree blooms right outside … Continue reading

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I Prefer The Alligators

 

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Painting from Plein Air Drawings, Part 2

The routine: door closed, music cranked up, paint brush moves to the beat. Time flies agreeably as a painting takes shape. Yesterday’s soundtrack: Warren Zevon, Talking Heads and the ever-energetic Rolling Stones. These are places of rich history. The beautiful ruin of an apple-cider mill on … Continue reading

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Friday Sketchbook: Hans Christian Andersen Slept Here

Magasin du Nord in Copenhagen is Denmark’s oldest department store, founded in 1870. They have the best scarf selection in town (my opinion), their housewares floor is a near-museum of Danish design, and their basement’s a wonderland of fancy foodstuffs. But 144 years ago, Magasin du Nord was Hotel du … Continue reading

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Art of the Day: Still Life with Danish Pastry

Greetings from Seville, Spain, actually, from a biological field station south of there in Doñana National Park. Just trudged in from a long day in the field, but had, for starters: wild boars, griffon vultures, sardinian warblers and a pink flock of flamingoes. And right now some owl … Continue reading

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Soul Food for the Dark Times

We’ve fallen into Dark Times here in Denmark. It’s dark now at around 4 pm, and in midday the sun is so low in the gray sky there’s not much light seeping through the windows anyway. I was warned about the … Continue reading

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