Category Archives: birds

The Trogon’s Sultry Lashes

Trogons have movie-star eyelashes, and I’d always admired and wondered why they had them. My bird artist friend, Mike DiGiorgio, says, “I thought it was so they could wink at their mates.” After watching a pair excavating a nest hole … Continue reading

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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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Earth Day with the Motmot

Greetings from Gamboa, Panama. Ant Man and I rented a house for six weeks on a hill above the Panama Canal, with a view of cecropia and palms and fruiting miconia trees attracting every known tropical and neotropical bird that’s … Continue reading

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2015 flutters to a landing

It was a year when plein air painting got a lot more fun, which I think is worth noting, and when I found new beauty in old and familiar places. I had a decent year of painting, exhibiting, teaching, drawing, writing, and learning how to breathe … Continue reading

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Studio Paintings from Plein Air Drawings

One sees the prairie in layers: sky, grass, soil. And then there’s the forest, constructed from tall, thin strips: tree stems, stacked stones, waterfalls, a slice of sky at the top. One set of laminations lays out flat, the other stands on … Continue reading

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Sketch of the Day: Sunrise on a Spanish Marsh

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Sketches From Spain: A Few Thanksgiving Birds

The rain in Spain falls mainly on Sevilla at the moment, where Antman is giving a talk and I am enjoying a few quiet moments of reflection and gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. I’m thankful for our four-month Danish adventure and for family and good … Continue reading

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