Month: February 2009

Of Nature Real and Manipulated

My love affair with nature will never end. I often think, “What will I do if my vision fails me as I age? Will I fall out of love?” I think not. You see thankfully nature is not just sight. It is smelling moisture… Continue Reading “Of Nature Real and Manipulated”

Asian Ladybugs Hibernating Sketch

Oh Boy! Look what I found! It’s a cluster of Asian Ladybugs (or Lady Beetles) hibernating under tree bark: I’m currently reading a wonderful book by Bernd Heinrich titled, Winter World.  In Heinrich’s book he describes various animal techniques for survival in the winter.… Continue Reading “Asian Ladybugs Hibernating Sketch”

Hiking at Palos Park Woods

Let’s go hiking at the Palos Park Woods, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserve System Zone 7. Do you think a winter hike is boring? What can you possibly find in the middle of winter to hold your attention or to justify walking… Continue Reading “Hiking at Palos Park Woods”

Let’s Paint Orland Grassland Prairie!

Oh Boy! Let’s paint that sunset we saw at the Orland Grasslands a few days ago! Here we go: Here is my easel set up. I have my photo attached to the easel so it is easy to view as I am painting and… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint Orland Grassland Prairie!”

Stormy Day Sketch

Why, it was just a week ago I told some friends I would give them $20 bucks if they can give me a thunderstorm! How I miss a nice rumbling thunderstorm. The kind that starts low in the distance, gently getting louder as it… Continue Reading “Stormy Day Sketch”

Orland Grasslands at Sunset

Yesterday I made a visit to the Orland Grasslands. It’s the kind of place you drive by and say to yourself, “I just want to run wild in that vast prairie! I want to run and run and run and never stop!” Orland Grassland… Continue Reading “Orland Grasslands at Sunset”

I Know Where You Hide Sketch

Mr. Cottontail, your cover is soooo blown! You’re leaving your tracks everywhere: Do hawks read animal tracks? Probably not, so this cottontail rabbit is safe for the moment. I read them however and I painted them too! “I will do you no harm Mr.… Continue Reading “I Know Where You Hide Sketch”