Summer Art Course Special!

Make it your most creative summer season ever. Take ANY TWO full-length online courses for $100, and keep your video access a full year. You must sign up before July 1.

Choose the combination you like best from:

  • Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering
  • The Heirloom Garden in Colored Pencil
  • Birds in Watercolor and Beyond
  • Botanical Sketchbook Painting
  • Draw and Paint Six Culinary Herbs
  • Draw Dogs and Cats
  • Draw Owls: Designed for the Dark
  • Draw Horses and Ponies
  • Eight Flowers Eight Ways
  • Birds in Colored Pencil and Beyond
  • Draw and Paint Fairies in Nature
  • Fairies II: Draw and Paint the Enchanted World

Full descriptions and supply lists are available HERE.

To sign up, email me at

Workshop: Layered watercolor & graphite

I’m excited to announce that 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is sponsoring this workshop, resulting in a new date and a reduced cost:

Majestic Moth Layered Watercolor and Graphite
Saturday, June 3 from 9am to 4pm
5 Rivers Delta Resouce Center,  Spanish Fort AL

Most supplies included                $85

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Polyphemus moth and white oak in watercolor + graphite

No experience necessary! Use traditional scientific illustration techniques to create soft, subtle textures and rich detail by layering graphite over a watercolor foundation. Our subject will be the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) which is strikingly beautiful and much larger than a butterfly.  Step by step instruction and illustrated handouts to take home.

Provided for you:

  • archival watercolor paper, and a supply of sketch paper
  • graphite pencils of different densities and a sharpener
  • a kneaded eraser
  • watercolors and a palette, other tools and supplies
  • coffee, bottled water and morning snacks


  • A sack lunch
  • Two watercolor brushes, a #4 round and a #10 round.  Inexpensive brushes are fine. DO NOT buy store brand brushes from Michaels (Artist’s Loft) or Hobby Lobby (Master’s Touch), which are very poor quality. I use a synthetic golden nylon bristle from called Loew-Cornell American Painter, which cost $3.50 and $4.08 for the two sizes. Of course, if you already have watercolor brushes you like in these sizes, plan to use them for the workshop.

Workshop size limited to a small group and is expected to fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required to hold your spot. Email Val at to sign up.

Online course: Draw & Paint Fairies

Draw and Paint Fairies in Nature
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
Start anytime – 



I love drawing fairies. They allow me to combine all my favorite art subjects (children, botanicals, birds, insects, small furry animals) in various whimsical combinations to create a gentle world where you can fish from the top of a Great Blue Heron or hitch a ride on a passing opossum.

Draw and Paint Fairies in Nature is the most ambitious course I’ve ever created, and in addition to 10 interactive lessons there will be 24 illustrated pdf pages that can be assembled to make a handbook of my fairy drawing techniques.

Learn about fairy proportion from infant to adolescent, how to show physical and facial expressions, how to draw assorted wings and attire, how to create a background, how to draw fairies in action (and in flight) or at rest. Draw and paint the fairies’ neighbors, birds and mice. Discover techniques for using color to create a rich natural atmosphere.

This course is open to students at all levels of art experience, and you can have as much instructor guidance and feedback as you like via email. Keep your illustrated printables forever, and your video access for a full year.

To sign up, email me at





New course – start anytime

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Eight Flowers Eight Ways
10 Lessons – work at your own pace

This richly illustrated, information-packed course focuses on drawing and painting eight historic flowers (orchid, peony, saffron crocus, angel trumpet and more) using eight very different techniques. We’ll use pencil, ink and watercolor — separately and in various combinations, and in a variety of creative styles. Each lesson, posted weekly on Tuesdays, includes video and multiple printable pages. Unlimited instructor guidance and feedback are available by email. Keep video access for one full year from the start date. Registration is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at




100 Rescues

Nine years ago I met my best friend, a 65-pound hound mix named Atticus, at a pet adoption hosted by Mobile SPCA. (He’s sitting right beside me as I type this.) I want to thank our SPCA for the important work they do, on behalf of the thousands of dogs and cats who have found homes since Atticus came to me. So I created 100 Rescues.

I will draw and paint 100 dogs and cats, posting each as it is completed on this site, on the Instagram @100rescues and on my studio Facebook page.  These originals are each available for a $25 donation to the Mobile SPCA, through their website. Shipping is free in the US.

Email me with your mailing address after you make your donation, and your artwork will soon be on its way to your door.

Flounder D

Flounder: 8×10 charcoal on acid-free stock

Skipper D

Skipper: 8X10 charcoal on acid-free stock

Kitty C

Ben: 8×10 Ink and Watercolor on handmade paper

Lily C


…And this little fellow is coming soon:

Pup D

Start Anytime: Watercolor Lettering


Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering
10 Lessons – work at your own pace

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Create original, decorated letters using watercolor, Pigma Micron pens, pencils and a brush. Includes 10 complete projects representing a wide range of styles and historical periods. Topics include illuminated initials, Celtic knotwork, vines and flourishes, Quickhand for your own art journal, creative page design, tips for designing a unique personal alphabet, three easy steps to Deco chrome letters and much more. My first and most popular course. Registration is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at

Start Anytime: Learn to Draw Owls


Draw Owls: Designed for the Dark
4 Video Lessons – mini course – work at your own pace

Barred Owl

Develop fundamental drawing skills in pencil and charcoal as you sketch some of nature’s most efficient (and beautiful) predators. Each week will feature a new technique and a new species of owl. No experience necessary — this class is specially designed for beginning and intermediate artists.

Lessons will be information-rich, each consisting of multiple videos and illustrated printable pages., and will be posted on a password-protected web page. A new lesson will post every two weeks. Instructor guidance and feedback is available as often as you like, through email.

Supplies for this course:

  • 4B drawing pencil, any brand
  • Soft kneaded eraser
  • Supply of inexpensive sketch paper for practice
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • 2 sheets of toned charcoal paper (gray or buff)

To register, email

Live workshop! Draw & Paint a majestic Atlas moth

Atlas moth

Draw & Paint Majestic Moths

Saturday, May 6 from 9am to 4pm
5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
Spanish Fort, Alabama

$135 includes all art supplies and a professionally mounted Atlas moth to keep*

No experience necessary! Learn a simple system for drawing a realistic and detailed pencil foundation, then add layers of watercolor and graphite to create a striking portrait of one of the world’s largest and most beautiful moths. All workshop materials are included, including your art supplies, illustrated printable tutorial pages and the lovely Atlas moth specimen you use as a model.

Enrollment is limited to 15. Step-by-step instructor guidance is provided. Bring a sack lunch for our midday lunch break (there will also be coffee, pastries, fruit and water to enjoy through the day).

To sign up, email

Moths are collected after a full natural life cycle, not killed for our use.

Join Draw Paint Letter, the artist/naturalist’s year


If you want to draw and paint the natural world — birds, botanicals, fish, skies, butterflies and much more — my popular email course, Draw Paint Letter™, is starting up this month. You will receive three tutorials every week: beautifully illustrated printables on Mondays and Wednesdays, a full video lesson on Fridays. Your access to the lessons is PERMANENT. You can watch the videos and download the printed tutorials forever.

No experience is necessary, and the supply list is modest. Instructor feedback and guidance is available at any time, by email. The cost is $30 per month, payable by check or PayPal.

Email me at to sign up.

Need more information? Click here for the supply list and additional course details:


Happy drawing, all year long!