UPDATE: Based on some unscientific web-surfing research, I'm pretty sure this is a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth! Here is some info and a few pictures. Whatever this thing is, it's huge! Maybe the size of a small hummingbird or large butterfly. It's huge, scary, but fascinating! I'm guessing it's some kind of moth. It has the … Continue reading What Am I?
I had maple syrup over my pancakes this morning....this picture is the sky over Maple Lake yesterday. Maple. Yum. This picture has good composition and may be a painting one day. It might seem easy enough, but paintings with limited colors are surprisingly challenging. If a painting can't rely on colors to make it successful, … Continue reading Sky Over Maple
Let's talk about the importance of using a sketch book before we paint. Using a sketch book on a regular basis is good practice. Practice, practice, practice is just what I need. I can tell how rusty I get when I try to paint after not drawing for several weeks. YUCK! When I keep up … Continue reading Let’s Paint Maple Lake East!
Remember this photo of Goose Lake Prairie? Let's paint it. Here's an early tip: Get a nice glossy, large reference photo, of real good quality before you try to paint. I only paint from my computer screen when I absolutely have to. My screen is really small and my eyes bug out from that bright … Continue reading Let’s Paint Goose Lake Prairie!
Ooooh Ahhhhh! My trusty digital camera took this kick butt picture of Buckingham Fountain in Downtown Chicago a few nights ago. What a summer sight! Every Wednesday and Saturday night, the city provides fireworks at Navy Pier which can be seen from Buckingham Fountain. Last Wednesday, my family, some neighbors, and a bunch of neighborhood … Continue reading Man Made Beauty
"Earth laughs in flowers..." Ralph Waldo Emerson Remember when I talked about the colors of a prairie? Look what grows at Goose Lake Prairie, blue vervain wildflowers! How I love the bluish-purple hue which breaks up the over powering green of the vast prairie. If you have any kind of a gentle breeze, it's rather … Continue reading Beauty of Goose Lake Prairie
Spears Woods of the Palos Division Forest Preserves in Cook County, is one of my most favorite places to hike. Not only does it have many trails to choose from, but is also contains a few wetlands and tons of wildlife! When I hike I take many photos, not because I want to clutter my … Continue reading Let’s Paint Spears Woods!