When I’m outdoors painting I keep my binoculars and my iBird Explorer Pro handy! I get such a thrill in watching and listening to the birds, especially the flocks of Sandhill Cranes in Florida at this time of year. I am now busy putting the final touches on a number of paintings which will be hung at the Prairie Creek Lodge as part of the Six Artists Six Prairies Project. Outdoor Painter online magazine did a nice feature about our project in a recent article. You can read more on our blog, and especially about our upcoming big event in collaboration with the Alachua Conservation Trust. (If you are in the area, do try and come as it promises to be a great event!) In one of my prairie paintings I have attempted to paint a couple of Sandhill Cranes. Looking at them is one thing, but trying to paint them has required some serious study of their structure and dynamics of gesture! Speaking of study, I have taken on an interesting new project with fellow artist Linda Blondheim. It is called the Artists in Residence Project. We are exploring diverse natural areas in depth so we can paint them with insight and understanding. We just returned from the Merritt Island and Canaveral National Seashore area where we were astounded by the variety of habitats and ecology we found. We returned loaded with ideas and images we are painting. Gradually we will build up a collection of our paintings to show and sell at different venues. If you know of anyone who would like to support this project through letting us use an unoccupied vacation home or apartment for a week, please let us know. You can read more on our blog about our explorations and see our paintings as they evolve. While visiting Merritt Island I met my first Florida Scrub Jays on a walk. I also observed Roseate Spoonbills, Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal and many other birds. I have decided I want to paint more of them!