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?

 

Nature Journaling Class at Pepperwood Preserve

I’m excited to be doing my first collaboration with the Pepperwood Preserve this year! On August 24th I will be teaching “Seeing More Through Nature Journaling” at their incredible 3,200 acre property. I went to a reptile walk there a couple months ago so I could nature journal and scope the place out. The vistas were impressive and fun to draw and I got in quick sketches of a blue-tailed skink, a pileated woodpecker, and a scorpion!

There are only a few people signed up for the class right now and if more don’t sign up we might have to cancel. If you know anyone who is interested please share with them.

The class is from 9am until 2pm. Bring nature journaling supplies such as sketchbook, pencil, watercolors if you have them and a backback or shoulder bag to carry them. Binoculars and small folding stools could also be useful. Be prepared for sun and heat by wearing a hat, applying sunscreen and bringing water. We will be walking less than a mile on relatively even hiking trails with some hills.Bring a lunch to eat on the trail.

For more information or to register click here

 

The Last Nature Journaling Adventure Video?

Join me on this foggy and cold nature journaling field trip to the biodiverse coastal dunes of Sonoma County!

This will be my last nature journal adventure post before my  trip to Tanzania!

Learn to Nature Journal at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens!

 

I’m super excited to be collaborating with the biodiverse pollinator sanctuary Hallberg Butterfly Gardens! We will be offering an introduction to nature journaling course at their site in Sebastopol. Insects and pollinators are not only fascinating to study and draw but they play a huge part in our ecosystems and have been seriously endangered in recent years. As nature journalers, our observations can play an important role in citizen science and creating a record of these species in our areas.

Supplies will be included!  The class is offered at a sliding scale. $45 minimum to register. Please use the ticket link or contact us to sign up. info@hallbergbutterflygardens.org (707)823-3420

 

Pitcher Plant Bonanza!

In June, the North Coast Nature Journal Club is privileged to enjoy the peak of the pitcher plants at California Carnivores in Sonoma County! This nursery contains the largest collection of carnivorous plants in the world and June will be a perfect time to see the amazing species of pitcher plants at their best! If you think you have already nature journaled once at this location and don’t need to go twice – think again.  We will focus on drawing and learning about carnivorous plants in general and Sarracenia pitcher plants in particular. We will also practice composition strategies and tips for nature journaling in information dense environments.

The weather will be relatively mild and probably comfortable inside the greenhouses. Hats will be useful if it is sunny. We will not be walking much but the floor is uneven and made of gravel, scooters or wheelchairs can be accommodated. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a folding stool if you have one, a potluck item to share, utensils for yourself and water to drink. There is a bathroom on site.

We will meet at 10 am in the parking lot. Look for people standing around with sketchbooks.  Bring a potluck item to share for lunch around 12:30. You can leave food in your car.

$20 suggested donation.

This class is limited to 12 people. Please email me to reserve your spot.

As usual be prepared to get super-curious in nature and connect with like minded people!

Here is a picture of Akshay nature journaling surrounded by pitchers last year!

Capture the Essence of California Oak Savanna

In the month of October the north coast nature journal club will be exploring the rolling hills and oak savanna of Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma. We will practice several techniques for doing small watercolor landscapes to capture the essence and atmosphere of the place. We will also practice drawing three-dimensional trees with several tricks that will make your branches look like they’re coming off the page.

We will be hiking short distances up and down hill on this trip with mostly even terrain. Bring all your normal nature journaling supplies and binoculars. Be prepared for sun and warm conditions. A small folding stool could be useful for the longer landscape drawing. This location has a bathroom and seven dollar parking unless you are a member of the Sonoma County Regional Parks. Bring a potluck item that is not too hard to carry onto the trail because we will not want to go back to the parking lot for lunch.

$20 recommended donation

For more information about this park: Helen-Putnam-Regional-Park

In case of heavy rain, unlikely, we will head to California Carnivores in Sebastopol where we can journal and draw incredible carnivorous plants while being protected from the rain..  Directions

Nature Journal Jumpstart This Fall!

Do you want to experience nature with fresh eyes? Do you want to notice, understand, and remember more of the vibrant world around you? This fun class will teach you the tools used by the greatest naturalists of all time. Using pencils, ink, and watercolor we will create sketches and take notes in the field.

Come join a group of motivating people to learn more about nature while also practicing your artistic and scientific skills. The class will take place on four Sundays in a row at a variety of locations in Sonoma County. Be ready for fun and challenge that will boost your observation, your confidence, and your nature journaling skills.

For more information or to register check out: SRJC catalog

Back to the Beach

I grew up under the influence of the ocean–between San Diego California and Guanacaste Costa Rica– and with a surfer for a dad–I was set.

Off to college at UC Santa Cruz–cold rocky oceans with great whites and localism–I turned to the forests, meadows, and gardens instead.

Fifteen years later and my amphibious attributes are growing back–several tidepool foraging dawns later–two surf-fishing days–and all the nature I could ever paint.

…back to the beach