Spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and spring peepers are just a few who rely on healthy vernal pool habitat. Happy coloring! Click here to download a 8.5×11 pdf of this coloring page.
Happy #SalamanderSaturday! Today I thought I would explain the start-to-finish process of how I illustrated my favorite double page spread, that I call “Emergence.” Katy Farber’s words describe the homes of spotted salamanders — “under layers of earth, snug among the roots” — and how the salamanders must wait for the right spring conditions to … More Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials
In less than two months, author Katy Farber and I will be celebrating the launch of our new picture book, Salamander Sky! We’ve been working hard to spread the word to bookstores, libraries, nature centers, and science museums. We hope that it will encourage kids to get outside to learn about salamanders and other amphibians and … More Salamander Sky, Part 1: Field Research
I am thrilled to announce that Lila’s Harbor is out in the world! It is now available at CreateSpace eStore and Amazon. I grew up on boats, running around marinas, and exploring New England beaches and harbor towns up and down the coast. There is a boatload of love in these pictures! Join Lila for an … More Just Published! – Lila’s Harbor
I thought, while it was freezing raining outside, that I’d make something that evokes the scent of a sun-washed field with tall grasses and wildflowers, a gentle breeze, and the sounds of crickets and bluebirds calling. Back in August I needed to create a demo piece for some workshops, so I drew this Western Bluebird in colored … More Western Bluebird, Summer Afternoon
On February 5, I will teach the first of two workshops about drawing animals at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center at Thacher State Park, (Voorheesville, NY, just a 30 minute drive south of Albany). This is a beautiful spot, tucked into the woods, with many trails to explore. If you live in the Capital … More Drawing Animals – Workshop Announcement
Although I was in Galápagos to make art, that didn’t keep me from taking over 5200 photos! I’ve thought a lot about how I could share them in a way that best describes my personal journey through the islands, and the moments that really struck me emotionally or showed me a new perspective. Here is Part 2 of my Galápagos … More Galápagos Artist Residency – Part 2 – Experiencing Life Up Close
Gosh, I have a lot to say about this adventure! I’m pretty excited about what I learned and the people I met in the enchanted islands of Galápagos, and my experiences will probably influence everything I do as an artist from here forward. I will attempt to keep this story to two blog posts, but friends and family will … More Galápagos Artist Residency – Part 1 – Teaching, Learning, and Making Art
Early this summer I was asked to paint a black-and-white illustration of an Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). I was pretty excited about this assignment. I remember the box turtles from my childhood – they lived in the woods around my Connecticut home, and a few times I escorted one across the road, out of harm’s way. But it occurred to me I really didn’t know much about the species, so this project would be a valuable learning experience. … More Slow and steady wins the race
A beach towel, designed to be a fun learning tool during summer adventures by the sea. … More Who lives at the beach?