Lake Katherine and Heron Sketch

I try to take my sketching supplies where ever I go. I have a canvas bag that I keep in the car. I don’t always have time, nor do I feel like painting everyday, but it’s there just in case.

On a quick visit to Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, I felt the need…

Lake Katherine and GB Heron - Watercolor

I sketched this scene before the heron, as if on queue, landed right in the most perfect spot. How delighted I was to include him.

Here is what I was looking at:

Sometimes all that “green” can be overwhelming. Just pick out a few points of interest that you just can’t exclude. Just enough to tell a story, but not too much to confuse or look like a mess. Mr. Heron was important. He needed to be the main attraction, the single pine tree was next, then the hill, finally a few trees in the back. That’s all.

Nice and simple.


  1. That is what I envy about folks like you that can paint and sketch. You can take a seemingly mundane photograph and turn it into a “and they lived happily ever after.”. Very Nice! πŸ™‚

  2. Chris-

    I am sometimes also overwhelmed with “all that green” during summer months and abandon landscape photography during this time of year. I shouldn’t- just like you’ve found a workaround, I need to be creative as well. Thanks!


  3. Drowsey: Thanks! And everybody needs a break now and then πŸ™‚

    Alan: I laughed out loud when I read your response πŸ˜€ So many times my paintings have ended in disaster…I just don’t talk about those πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for your support…it means a lot!

    Tom: Yes, summer is difficult! Very hard to separate what’s important and what is not. You do a great job with your photography!Thanks!

    Lana: Sometimes that can be hard! Your paintings are a great example of careful planning and artistic license.

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