I have a skull that I picked up in a field in Texas twenty years ago. It’s simultaneously big and delicate. It was found on a range where cattle graze, but I didn’t think it was broad and squat enough for a cow skull. Those who were with me agreed that it probably belonged to a horse. While I’ve drawn and painted it many times in the years since, I’ve never questioned that decision. I just assumed we were right.Continue reading The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery
My whole life, I’ve been interested in drawing birds and animals, and now that I nature journal, capturing their appearance with quick, accurate sketches has become even more important to me. But wild animals don’t hang around long and birds rarely sit still.Continue reading An Easy Way To Practice Drawing Live Animals
On Wednesday, I wrote about the challenge of getting started on something we dream of doing. It seems crazy to … More Afraid to Create? Of Course!
When I read Rachel Mankowitz’s blog post about struggling to write music for some lyrics she’d heard, I could relate. How often have I had a spark of inspiration, a desire to do something, but never managed to follow through? Even when it’s something I really care about, resistance to working on the project is always there. In fact, the more I care, the harder it is to start. Why is that?Continue reading Getting Started: 5 Ways to Overcome Creative Resistance
One of the lessons I learned from Nature Journal July was “less is more.” While I gave myself permission to do just ten minutes a day, it took me most of the month to appreciate the value of short journaling sessions.Continue reading Keep It Short: A Less-Is-More Approach to Nature Journaling