This June, take my “The Naturalist’s Notebook” art class at Northwind Art

JUNE 13, 2:00-5:00 PM (PST)

I will be teaching this online workshop, hosted by Northwind Art, is for anyone with an interest in both art and science, outdoor exploration, wild flowers and edible mushrooms, cataloguing and sketching the natural world.  In this live online workshop series with artist, writer, and amateur naturalist Frances Cannon, you will learn how to create your own naturalist’s notebook with sketches and written notes about your observations of nature—field notes of the flora and fauna that capture your attention and give you a sense of wonder. The format for these notebooks can vary from pen and ink, to watercolor, or any 2-D medium of your choosing. They can be personal and experimental, although your instructor will give you tips and resources for grounding these field notes in observation and science. All levels welcome.

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Mural of Vermont birds for Woodbelly restaurant

Over the span of three days, I painted a mural of Vermont bird species on the wall of the wood-fired pizza oven in the soon-to-open Woodbelly restaurant in Montpelier, Vermont. The process was thrilling, from the initial stages of sketching and planning to the finishing touches of brushwork on the wall. I wanted to keep the color palette simple, three colors at the most, so I selected birds whose plumage naturally display black, red, and yellow. This triple color combination actually generated a long list of birds, so I narrowed it down to the loon, red-winged blackbird, saw-whet owl, yellow warbler, crossbill, cedar waxwing, cardinal, crow, pileated woodpecker, and chickadee. And, on the last day, I painted a few quirky robots in the corner to decorate the electric panel. I can’t wait for the restaurant to open to sit at the bar with a pizza and a beer and see my mural as the backdrop to culinary action.

My new graphic reviews published by the Green Mountains Review: Adam Clay and Deborah Landau

I wrote and illustrated two new graphic book reviews of recently published collections of poetry, and the reviews have been published by the Green Mountains Review. The books are “To Make Room for the Sea” Adam Clay, read it here, and “Soft Targets” by Deborah Landau, read it here. Thank you to the Green Mountains Review for publishing this series of mine, and thank you to the authors of these books for giving me fodder for creative response. Here are excerpted panels of the Adam Clay review,

And here are excerpted panels of the Deborah Landau review,

Oaxaca Notebook

Oaxaca is one of my favorite cities—what a robust art culture, both traditional and contemporary. I spent hours in museums: the contemporary art museum, the contemporary painting museum, the textile museum, and Francisco Toledo’s restored art center in San Augustin in Etla, called C.A.S.A., where they make handmade paper with natural dyes, and pottery, printmaking, you name it. I filled an entire notebook of paintings of trees, flowers, foods, people, sculptures; here is a small handful of paintings from this recent trip. SCN_0001_Page_07SCN_0001_Page_10SCN_0001_Page_12SCN_0001_Page_20SCN_0001_Page_21