Trail Wood Sanctuary

On a sweltering day in July, I drove up a gravel driveway to Trail Wood Sanctuary. This 168-acre property in rural eastern Connecticut was once home to naturalist writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie. In 1980, Nellie donated their pristine land to the Connecticut Audubon Society, which now hosts artists and writers in … More Trail Wood Sanctuary

Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials

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

Shelter

Crazy thunderstorms and downpours are happening in February in Upstate NY! While I was messing around with a charcoal pencil in my sketchbook, these two characters showed up. Seemed like a good fit for this week’s Illustration Friday topic: Shelter. The sketch was combined in Photoshop with a swatch of colored pencil crosshatching on Canson … More Shelter

Two Weeks in Nature

An opportunity to spend two whole weeks in a quiet outdoor setting – exploring, observing, sketching, and painting – doesn’t come around often. But it did for me, and I enjoyed every buggy minute of it. I just returned from Huyck Preserve, a little gem in the hilltown of Rensselaerville, NY, where each year, several … More Two Weeks in Nature