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Field Sketching
Lugging a spotting scope, sketchbook, paint and pencils outside can be a lot of work. But field sketching is the foundation of my work as a bird artist. It trains my eyes to see, and my hand to record, interesting shapes, colors, and events.  

When done well, field sketches have a spark of life, a feeling of being there, that seems impossible to achieve indoors.

But more than that, I feel that while field sketching, I become absorbed into the surrounding environment. The energy that courses through the natural world courses through me, and I become part of it!