Countdown: Three weeks!

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Simplify, simplify!       — Henry David Thoreau

I love a supply list that is short and sweet. My newest course, Journey Through the Natural Year, spans 52 weekly art videos and uses only 10 items plus the paper or sketchbook of your choice. It’s a back-to-basics approach that will help you discover new and surprising uses for the humble drawing pencil, the kneaded eraser… even the ballpoint pen.

I’m always excited with the approach of a new course, but this one is special. A video lesson will arrive in your email every week, season after season, steadily building a full year of videos you keep forever. I love the format because it can follow me as I travel and camp, including a kaleidoscope of plants and animals from a wide range of locations.

If you’re curious about the complete supply list, here it is:

JOURNEY Supply List


A gift for you


If you love colored pencil as much as I do, you will have fun using sgraffito — a technique borrowed from pottery making — to create a cozy nest cradling a clutch of little eggs. The video lesson below will take you through the process step-by-step, and I have included a color printable pdf with the steps as well.

Happy drawing!

The video password is nest


…And here is your printable pdf:

3-13 Colored Pencil Nest


Start anytime: JOURNEY Through the Natural Year

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All new content, all year long… Get video lessons and printables in your inbox every Thursday. Botanicals, birds, wildlife, nature journaling, pencil, ink, watercolor — and the course is yours to keep forever.

Love hand lettering? One lesson each month includes a new, original hand-lettered alphabet project.

The course will follow the changing seasons. Draw and paint the lush beauty of summer, the gentle winding down of autumn, the hidden life of winter and the explosion of new life with the return of the spring. If you took my previous all-year course, Draw Paint Letter, this will follow a similar calendar, but with all new material.

Deepen your understanding of the natural world and sharpen your creative skills. Explore watercolor textures and masking, realism in pencil, expressive ink and much, much more in 52 weekly videos.

The supply list is very short — just 10 basic items plus the paper or sketchbook of your choice. See it here:   JOURNEY Supply List

The cost of the course is $30 per month, with new lesson cycles always starting on the 20th. PayPal invoices will be sent out monthly. Stop anytime or continue all 12 months.

Journey through the natural year with me! Click to sign up:
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Fresco update: almost done!

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It was awfully hard to put down my paintbrush last night. Layering the magenta, brown, pink and green to build up another tulip is such a mesmerizing process… light, then dark, then light again and suddenly a flower has formed on the plaster surface! I am learning with every brush stroke, and looking forward to teaching this medium to you.

Watch for a post of the finished fresco.

Original art giveaway!


Spring, the season of new beginnings, has arrived. The first butterflies are back. New green shoots are poking up through the garden soil. Slowly, slowly, the calendar rolls forward and the planet tilts her face toward the sun.

I want to celebrate this time of hope and promise by giving away an original watercolor-and-graphite March Hare. One person on my studio email list will be selected (randomly by computer) on March 31. Please sign up here:

Good luck!