Month: July 2009

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…

Backyard Birds Sketch

I love my backyard. It’s my little oasis, a place to escape to and run away from the world. I run away often. I sometimes just sit on the dirt in my garden and watch the bumble bees and birds. Here is a photo from…

Let’s Paint a Phoebe Nest with Babies!

Before we begin, let me show you what else I found in the Teason Woods, part of Chicago’s  Cook County Forest Preserves. Starting on the yellow trail heading west, I immediately encountered a scarlet tanager: here is another view: Isn’t he sooooo beautiful? I…

Hidden Pond Sketch

No, this isn’t a crazy green mess. This sketch contains a hidden pond, matter of fact, that is the name of the place I sketched it from: Hidden Pond Woods – Hickory Hills, IL. A nice tiny little get-a-way with a tiny little pond. Can you find it? We…

Let’s Hike at the Orland Grasslands

Oh boy! Let’s go for a walk at the Orland Grasslands, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves. I wonder what we will find… This day was overcast, warm and humid. One great thing about an overcast day is that all of the colors…