Category Archives: Illustration

I’ll Have the Danish

My favorite new word is hygge, pronounced, “hooga”, but with a better Danish accent. In Denmark, it means coziness and warmth and cheerful goodness. It means candlelight and hot mulled wine, knitted scarves and good companions, pickled herring and maybe a friendly Viking. I’m thinking about … 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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Interviews with the Motmot

If I am a bit buried in Motmot mulch at the moment, I apologize, but I’ve been maxed out with this: And this: plus this: and commissioned paintings, travel, and preparing work for exhibits. So it’s a great pleasure to … Continue reading

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Owl Things Considered

Let me digress into more appetizing subjects, or away from less appetizing ones. How about owls? I’m up to my elbows in them at the moment, painting a field guide plate (Birds of Trinidad and Tobago). When this is done … Continue reading

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Why I Love My Job

Right now I’m working on sketches for a field guide owl plate. While browsing the web for research material came across this cute and highly anthropomorphic Burrowing owl act. Enjoy!

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Black Swans and The Impact of the Unexpected

This little painting is my way of working out the kinks, technically and otherwise, in a larger painting that’s going to a paying customer (the commissioner). It’s where I can relax and have fun and make mistakes with reckless abandon. … Continue reading

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The Search For Red, Blue and Green

Up Jumped Summer, With Cannas, version 1 Just finished two versions of the Painted bunting Bird Watcher’s Digest cover I’ve been working on this week, and have the third in the series well along. I’m pretty taken with the Canna … Continue reading

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