On May 1 to 3rd I'll be teaching a 3 day workshop at the Environmental Learning Center at the North Cascades Institute. Our subject will be wildlife and we'll be using all kinds of fun techniques employing water-based sketching media. Even though I began my painting life focusing mostly on watercolor landscapes, over the years I've added many more subjects to my repertoire. In nature, birds, mammals, insects, trees and plants are seamlessly woven into the landscape. When I hike, or take a short walk in the neighborhood, I am always stopping to see some plant in a new seasonal guise, or listening to birdsong, or marveling over beavers' activities in my local pond. (If any creature was a creator of landscape it is the beaver!) Last fall, I taught a class at the Learning Center on flora and fauna, and I was so impressed with the work students came up with. The marmot pictured here was done with walnut ink, a medium the students really enjoyed and employed to fine effect.