Month: May 2009

Overwhelmed by Green Sketch

I took a few vacation days from work and today decided to get in a quick watercolor sketch. For just about an hour, I stopped at Swallow Cliff Woods North, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preseve  Zone #7. OK, I’m only human. I…

Lunchtime Escape Sketch

If you’re like me, there is no time for anything.  Sure there is time for a full time job (yuck), chores (yuck some more), and running to the bank, grocery store, gas station (yuck, yuck, yuck). Tell me, what’s left? Isn’t this our life? When…

Let’s Paint a Little Creek!

I am grateful on this Memorial Day that I can do what I wish in a free country. What I wish to do is hike where I want and paint what I love. I do not take that for granted! Today I am going…

Baby Robin LOVE

My son has a way with animals. They seem to come to him all the time. I however, do not have this same luck. His situation is really wonderful and strange at the same time. He even chose “St. Francis” as his Confirmation name! Well today…

Who’s the Dark Brown Duck?

In this picture from Lake Katherine I have a male mallard (right) with a head injury (see next picture), but the duck to the left I’m not sure about. It looks too dark to be a female mallard. Does anybody know what it is?…

Lake Katherine Wildlife

Lake Katherine is a quiet little nature oasis in the middle of Palos Heights, IL. It’s a nice get-a-way when you’re strapped for time, I just love it! Some features are: waterfall, lake, herb garden, butterfly garden, veggi garden, designated prairie area, trail around the lake, and a…

Let’s Paint the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak!

Remember my lovely visitor Mr. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak? Well I think you will be surprised at how easy he is to paint! No really, it will be easy..I promise. Here is our reference picture: Let’s do what we love to do best…paint nature! When life…

Hen and Chicks Sketch

Hen and Chick Sketch Did you ever find yourself at work dreaming about 50 million other things you would rather be doing? Well, that’s me Monday through Friday…50 weeks out of the year! When I daydream it’s pretty much the same thing….nature and art, nothing…

Let’s Paint the White Trout Lily!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there. For your present, I am going to show you how to paint a white trout lily! Here we go…. First I’ll show you my reference photo that I took in the Palos Woods, part of…

Snake in the Woods Sketch

“You’re such a snake!” Why does the idea of a snake conjure fear and evil? Could it be the story of Adam and Eve? The snake is the bad guy in that scenario, but don’t be fooled…evil can take the form of anything…good or…