10 Landscape Painting Tips on a Hot Day!

Did you see my last video and want to learn more? In this one I share the technical side…Let me know where you are at in your learning journey. What do you need help with?

 

A Year Begins and Ends: So Does Your Life–That’s A Good Thing

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the finitude of your life. Mortality is a good thing and in this video I show an exercise that can help you use the awareness of own mortality to improve yourself.

Be An Untutored Savage

Shocking news! Despite popular rumors to the contrary, becoming a great naturalist is not about memorizing more scientific names.

Nature Journal Inside! No Excuses

I had to cancel the nature journaling field trip for today but here is a video that I made to motivate you to nature journal at home! Consider it your homework ­čÖé I guarantee it will help you maintain your sanity if you are stuck inside from the smoke:

Please send me an email if you have any other good nature journaling ideas for indoors on rainy or smoky days!

Book Review: Essentialism

I consumed this book three times before regurgitating. It is one of the most influential books that I have read this year:

This book review is dedicated to┬á those people who say “one day I will write my novel” while they are watching Netflix and eating ice cream.

I’m Working Hard and Loving It

I include a lot of my thoughts, feelings, and routines on a roadtrip to teach at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. I talk about my growing conviction that this kind of work is part of my mission in life. I am working to build this mission into my own career and my own way of contributing to the world. This video is dedicated to Robert Laws and John Muir Laws my mentor. And even though I did not know Robert Laws personally If it weren’t for him and the lineage through Jack, I would not be half way as far along the path that I am on.

Wanting to BE good at something gets in the way of BECOMING good at something

Here is a short examination of a pitfall when learning any new skill. With a few easy exercises in your journal and a couple of useful resources you will be better prepared to deal with this common trap.

Our culture mostly values having skills while it mostly ignores the process of learning skills. The slow, repetitive, and often painful learning process of the beginner  is not as sexy as the virtuostic performance of the master.

To become great at anything you most learn to love the slow, repetitive, practice. You must learn to reframe the nervousness, the discomfort, and the uncertainty as excitement, challenge, and opportunity.

Stop Procrastinating!

I was so excited to share these two resources that I had to make a video about it right away. If they can help me with my procrastination and motivation issues I think they can help you too! Keep them on hand. More energy than coffee.

New videos every Friday, at the least. Depending on how much I procrastinate.

A Peak at My Latest Journal

Come with me as I peruse the pages of my last journal, sharing drawings and peppering the video with rants about the benefits of journaling. One journal usually spans three to five months of my life.