About three years ago I went hiking at Bull Frog Lake, right before evening in January. I came upon a scene that made me pause for a moment and fall in love. Winter's intense setting sun was casting long shadows from the trees in the woods. Right on que it seemed, three crows in the distance began … Continue reading Let’s Paint Winter Woods!
Do you remember the awesome raccoon sleeping in the tree-top discovery? Well, that's not all I discovered that day...I found the most interesting bone laying right on top of the ice on my trail. Yes, a bone. Where did it come from? Who was chewing on it? Could this be a deer bone that a coyote … Continue reading Bone from the Woods Sketch
I'm not kidding, every time I go out into the woods it's a different adventure. Something new each time catches me off guard. As I took a hike this morning, I just happened to turn my head and noticed something odd. Do you see anything strange? What's that lump on the branch? To make matters … Continue reading Where Do Raccoons Sleep…Right Here
Today I took a quick hike at Palos Woods. Freezing rain? No problem! During the first five minutes of my hike I heard something wonderful...the creeking of tree limbs. What a distinct sound, created by wind, that broke the silence on this quiet winter afternoon! What fascinated me was the different tones of creekiness. Some were deep … Continue reading Hike at Palos Woods and Sketch
Oriental Bittersweet is invasive and American Bittersweet is native but becoming rare...I didn't pay attention to which kind I found in the woods, but oh how excited I get when I see this plant in the wild. It's a real, "Stop spacing out and take a look at me", kind of plant. Hiking on a … Continue reading Bittersweet Sketch
I use to paint in oils all the time. Then I stopped. I remember falling in love with watercolors and pastels and kind of just forgetting all about oils. suddenly, I had this urge to paint will oils again and I said, "Why did I give it up so fast?" Well, it quickly came back to … Continue reading Let’s Paint Farm Pond in Oils!
I'm grateful to announce that I am the featured artist at the LaGrange Library for the month of January 2010. Many pastel and watercolor paintings are on display. You also can see my collection of sketches from Jan-Dec. 2009 on the wall in the gallery. The title of the exhibit is called, "Nature in Cook County" as … Continue reading Featured Artist at LaGrange Library
Sunsets are a bit tricky to sketch, you have to be very, very fast, as you can literally see the colors changing before your eyes. The first sunset of 2010 did not disappoint, giving us a beautiful few moments before the clouds moved in taking over the sky. This is always a magical moment, one … Continue reading Soft Winter Sunset Sketch