Spring is in the air! Finally! It seems to have been a long winter this year and Spring has been taking her good sweet time getting here, but at long last, I think she’s arrived! Just in time for summer, which is right around the corner! LOL

In my long ramble “catch up” post from last month, I completely forgot to mention a very exciting part of 2017! I  took a free online course through edX called Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101. It was an interesting course and really helped me to think about my art and the direction I want to go with it in future. The other wonderful thing about it was that I met some really lovely people, one of whom went on to create a Facebook Group for everyone who had taken the course. So, while the classes are long over, the friendships and group remains and it’s been a source of encouragement and inspiration for me over the past year.

Here are a few of the drawings I did for the Natural History Illustrations course:

baby squirrel

As one of my homework assignments, I did a drawing of one of the orphaned red squirrels I took care of at the wildlife sanctuary last summer (click to enlarge).


natural history illustrations

One of the more in depth assignments I completed (click to enlarge).


betta fish drawing

Another assignment for the course (click to enlarge).

Inspired by the course, I started keeping a nature journal and this is one of the sketches I did from one of the many plein air outings I went on last summer.


Sketching the birds … and the person feeding them … on Bate Island.

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Taking the course last summer helped me to realize that I’d like to take my art in a bit of a different direction. In the past, I’ve drawn a lot of portraits and figures, and though I love drawing people, I’d really like to start drawing more birds, animals, wildlife and perhaps even landscape scenery. I’ve felt more excited about drawing this past year than I have for a few years and I think the “change in scenery” has contributed to my renewed interest. I have a number of ideas for drawings I hope to do this year.

I recently finished this little guy, who is based on a beautiful reference photo taken by I’m very pleased with how he turned out.


blue jay drawing

Graphite Pencil on Fabriano Bristol SmoothPaper – 7″ x 9.5″
Original Drawing For Sale (matted & framed): $285 (CAD)

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