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 radiates, so shadows are minimal and colors are bright, almost washed … Continue reading High Noon Summer 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 the most annoying alarm call which would not shut off for anything! My … Continue reading Scaredy Cat 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 sketching scene. All this gentleman needs is a pole, some bate, … Continue reading Papoose Fisherman Sketch
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 on the day I visited. Here are some highlights... Black Eye … Continue reading Papoose Lake Fun
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 there are sooo many things I should be doing right now; … Continue reading Hidden Pond Tree Sketch
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 tool bar and/or on the right side under "pages" listed as … Continue reading New “How to Paint” Page
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, by Brock & Kaufman, said I can find one! Why is … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Comma Butterfly!
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 have several sounds going at once. While I do not care … Continue reading The Best Nature Sounds
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 can join, there are no fees, and the people are super … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Savanna!
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 in the background, by the way, who wants to see an … Continue reading Tree by Work Sketch