Month: June 2009

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….