Return to Hog Island

I went back to Hog Island Maine and had a wonderful week, learning about sound and video, geotagging and tracking, and bird banding. The instructors were amazing and my colleagues (including 24 incredible teenagers!) were great. I’ve added a new page under the ‘Travels’ tab on the menu (or just click here:, where you can see the sketchbook in its entirety, including larger images.

Here’s a tease, quick thumbnails I did in a total of thirty minutes (though I colored in the lettering afterwards as I ran out of time!) at the Damariscotta River Association. I do love painting fast — it’s very freeing.

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Puffins ahead!

Getting ready for a return to Hog Island Audubon in Maine, and trying to practice my Maine seabirds. A study of a puffin with a beak full of herring:

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Hard to paint the foreshortened beak, and it takes away some of the drama of the bird’s appearance. But you still get those amazing eyes!