Own Your Encore

My Encore Excursions


Oh Gourdy!

Getting my watercolors and color pencils ready for gourd season. My home grown collection is just the start and I am looking forward to visiting the local farm stands to pick out some worthy models with

Cucurbitaceae character!

Gourd worksheet courtesy of Kathleen Mckeenan. She teaches at Gage Academy.

Here’s some gourd science from the Smithsonian.





A sketching friend was enrolled in a ‘Birds’ watercolor class and every week she shared her work and talked about the tips from Ian…

Ian de Hoog

Recently I followed along with a couple of his demos and really like his style of teaching and techniques.  I am now enrolled in his next class and looking forward to learning how to capture the nature of birds.

Birds are not botanical … but I am going to add a botanical feature that represents the bird habitat so each bird will fit into my ‘botanical year’

with a botanical!

These are my follow along sketches made from his instagram demo postings.