Month: July 2009

High Noon Summer Sketch

Determined to complete another lunch-time sketch, I headed out the door at exactly noon and went to work! Today was a beautiful warm day. Noon can be a challenge to paint, why? Think about it, where is the sun coming from? Directly overhead it…

Scaredy Cat Sketch

My kitty(normally a house cat), likes to come with me in the backyard on the mornings I don’t have to work. We sit together enjoying a hot cup of coffee and nature. On this particular day, a tiny house wren saw my kitty and let out…

Papoose Fisherman Sketch

I love watching people fish. Especially the type of fishing person that reminds me of my Grandpa; elderly, gentle, and having a grand ole time for hours in solitude with nature. At Papoose Lake, I came upon such a fishing person… What a terrific…

Papoose Lake Fun

Recently I stopped at Papoose Lake to have some fun. Oh what fun I did have for sure! Papoose Lake is part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves, the Sag Valley area. It’s a quiet little place were few visitors stopped by to fish…

Hidden Pond Tree Sketch

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been super, super busy lately! Isn’t summer the time to take it easy and slow down…what the heck? Anyway, I haven’t painted or sketched in a long time (5 days!). I think I feel shaky? Oh, and…

New “How to Paint” Page

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but this site now has a convenient “how to paint” page where all the step-by-step demos are listed by category. click here to visit page You can also find the link on the top…

Let’s Paint a Comma Butterfly!

The day I went hiking and discovered the phoebe nest with babies, I also found this guy beside the stream: It is a Comma Butterfly sitting on the mud next to the stream, and that is exactly where my, “Butterflies of North America” book,…

The Best Nature Sounds

This one is for all my nature lovin’ friends…. I stumbled upon the greatest site, it allows you to make your own combination of nature sounds  – FREE! The site is called sound sleeping and it gives you a “Drum Sleep Aid / Relaxation tool”, with this, you can…

Let’s Paint a Savanna!

I have decided to join the group, Wilderness Painters of Chicago! It is a group of artists that meet at different locations once a month in the Chicago area, to do a little “en plein air” (in the open air) painting. How exciting! Anybody…

Tree by Work Sketch

I park in front of this tree every single day at work. It is one of several professionally manicured  landscaped pines. Professionally landscaped…reminds me of a golf course. Uggh. I much prefer the rugged woods, natural and wild. I have omitted several business buildings…