Month: January 2009

Just Before Dusk Sketch

How lucky am I to witness such beauty? I’m sure some lottery winners are not as happy as I (You know, they sometimes lose everything they get in a few years!). But nature can never be taken away or lost. Just look what I…

Paintings at the Gallery

The LaGrange Art League of LaGrange, IL will celebrate 75 years of existence in the month of February. What an accomplishment! That’s a long time of dedication, sweat, and many hours of volunteer work. I am very honored to be a part of their…

Let’s Paint Misty Maine!

One of my favorite blogs in the bloggie world is The Ohio Nature Blog by Tom Arbour. Tom (who is a fantastic photographer) was in Maine for Thanksgiving and took this awesome picture: You can read his post about this day by clicking here….

Chicakadee at My Feeder Sketch

Hot dog, he’s back! Why am I so excited? Aren’t chickadees common in the Chicago area? Yes. But my chickadee has been missing for nearly three years! Chickadees use to visit my feeder on a regular basis. Then all of a sudden…poof…gone. I had no idea why. Perhaps…

Hey, All You Landscape Painters…

Want your paintings on the map? Just sign up at Paintmap (for FREE) and upload your landscape paintings at the very spot you found inspiration using Google Earth. How cool is that? Why do I like it so much? When uploading your painting, the first…

What’s in the Winter Woods?

It’s cloudy, lightly snowing and 25°F. Of all the places on the earth, where do you wish to be the most? Why in the woods of course! Deep in the woods…I don’t blame you… For when you are  in the woods on a magical…

Let’s Paint a Frosty Winter Morning!

Last Tuesday morning on the way to work I saw this beautiful winter sight: The sun rises behind the forest and sets the sky on fire! I love when winter reveals hot colors during very cold weather. How ironic the sky teases us with…

Junco Dies and It’s My Fault

Cooper’s Hawk (1) Junco (0) RIP Mr. Junco, I’m sorry. This picture was taken just seconds before his death. Now, I’m all for the Cooper’s Hawk killing it’s prey for food, don’t get me wrong, but not when it’s my fault. Here’s what happened:…

Cardinal at My Feeder Sketch

Is this not the most perfect sight in winter? My mom came over and took some awesome pictures out my window. Unable to use her flash because of the reflection in the window, we were a little concerned at how dark the pictures came…

Let’s Paint the Cooper’s Hawk!

Obsessed with the hawk every minute of the day since he stopped by for a visit, I just had to make a painting…so let’s go! Step 1: I never sketch out my painting on a separate piece of paper, but  just sketch it right…