Sheldon Fine Art asked if I would be making anymore bird paintings and this was enough to get me going. Sketching these Orchard Orioles I listened to some birdsong related interviews from Donald Kroodsma’s website. Bioacoustics-new idea to me, so interesting. At my shoulder, so to speak, are friends and fellow NYAA grads Holly Wach and E. Holly and I often walk together in the early morning, she points out birds and bird facts to me and we wonder together about them. When E and I went to Paris last month the trip was characterized by song beginning with birdsong in the partially outdoor airport terminal at Charles de Gaulle where her plane landed, coming through the apartment windows and through various church concerts (Saint-Louis-en-I’île, Saint-Julien-le Pauvre, Saint-Germain-des-Prés).

on the spot sketching stuff


Every once in a while I put together the stuff I like to use for on the spot sketching as a suggested materials guide for students. It changes a little over time, but the core stuff is the same; something to draw on, something to make a mark with, something to add some color with and something to put all of it into, zip it up and go!