English Plantain Weed Sketch

OK, so my obsession is nature. When I find something I'm not familiar with I sketch it and then I diligently seek out information on it. I cannot rest until I learn. So when I found this (and I never think it is unique or rare, I just don't know what it is...), I tried … Continue reading English Plantain Weed Sketch

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Plume Moth Sketch

This morning I walked out of my house to go to work and just look who greeted me with a good morning surprise! It's a plume moth! I think it is a Cnaemidophorus rhododactylus Plume Moth, but if you can't pronounce it like myself, than don't worry about it! Well, I was so excited that … Continue reading Plume Moth Sketch

Let’s Go Fishing Sketch

I did this sketch a few weeks ago and forgot all about it. It is from a sunny afternoon at Centennial Park of Tinley Park, IL. This man shown here is enjoying some fishing beside the willow trees. He did not know I was a few feet away sketching him during his chosen past time. … Continue reading Let’s Go Fishing Sketch

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Look what greeted me in the parking lot of Walmart! Isn't he beautiful??? He/She is a Halloween Pennant Dragonfly, named for its festive Halloween colors (yellow, orange, brown). He flew right over my head and landed on this car antenna. I was in the store for about 45 minutes, when I returned to my car … Continue reading Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Let’s Paint a Baby Robin!

Oh Boy! Remember the photo of the little baby robin that we took last week? Let's make a little painting of him so we can preserve his cute baby features. I decided to use Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils for baby robin on hot press 140lb. paper. I've never had much luck with watercolor pencils because … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Baby Robin!

Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South

We've been doing a lot of painting and little hiking, so get your hiking boots on and come with me to Swallow Cliff South, part of Chicago's Cook County Forest Preserves! Yesterday was a beautiful day, no rain, beautiful sun, not hot and not cold...perfect. I decided to take the yellow trail just to the … Continue reading Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South

Let’s Paint a Peony Flower!

Remember last month when we did a sketch of the peony shoots ? Well they've cooked long enough and are now ready to smell and paint! So let's have fun painting one of the most beautiful flowers I know... Here is my reference photo. It is part of a large bush in  my backyard and … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Peony Flower!

Northern Flicker Sketch

Oh BOY! Look who came to visit me. It's a male northern flicker and he is eating ants in my driveway. What do I mean, "...in my driveway"? Here's what happened: This very large woodpecker was hopping on my driveway. The northern flicker prefers to peck at the ground/grass eating ants and beetles unlike other … Continue reading Northern Flicker Sketch

Pioneer Woods Sketch

I was lucky enough to duck out of work a little earlier than normal. Yesssss! I love when that happens. The fist thing I did was to find a cozy spot to paint. I decided to visit Pioneer Woods , part of Chicago's Cook County Forest Preserve System, Palos Division. Today was quiet because it is … Continue reading Pioneer Woods Sketch