White-Breasted Nuthatch

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern The largest nuthatch, so named for the habit of jamming an acorn into a tree and then whacking it with its bill to “hatch” out the nut.  A frequent visitor to my feeder.  I enjoy the soft peep or yink call in the oak trees above my head that signals… Continue reading White-Breasted Nuthatch

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Barnyard Rooster

Barnyard Rooster, watercolor batik You would think that the domestic chicken, which has been bred and loved by human kind for centuries would not be endangered, but the Livestock Conservancy tracks breeds that are in danger of extinction. The much-loved Rhode Island Red, for example, is on their Watch list. My Barnyard Rooster was actually… Continue reading Barnyard Rooster

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Grosbeak for Open Studios

Only 12 days to Open Studios Napa Valley One image I’ll be sharing there is the Black-headed Grosbeak. As we lived in a trailer for 7 years while building our home, I became more and more interested in the birds visiting my feeder out the back window. I joined our local Audubon chapter and went… Continue reading Grosbeak for Open Studios

Challenge Yourself with Plein Air Painting

The following article is an expansion for the Art Association Napa Valley on one of my earlier posts Many artists will tell you that gaining experience painting en plein air is essential. They insist that experiencing the light when painting out of doors is unmatched. Historically, the act of outdoor painting from observation became popular in… Continue reading Challenge Yourself with Plein Air Painting

Attend a Workshop, Part 4

The following  article is part of a series I’ve written for the Art Association Napa Valley 2016 New Years Resolution Attend a Workshop! Part 4 – Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) Field Institute Point Reyes National Seashore is less than 50 miles from Napa, but the beauty and seclusion there makes civilization melt away.  Part… Continue reading Attend a Workshop, Part 4

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Attend a Workshop, Part 3

The following is an article from a series that I am writing for the Art Association Napa Valley. 2016 New Years Resolution: Attend a Workshop – part 3 Yosemite Art Center Six days a week from March to October you can attend an art session in Yosemite Valley for only $10 per day.  The trick is… Continue reading Attend a Workshop, Part 3

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