Let’s Paint a Summer Tree!

Yesterday I visited Papoose Lake in Palos Park, IL., part of Cook County's protected Forest Preserves. I fell in love with a scene just across the lake; a water spout and an elm tree. Can you just imagine all of the peoples past, that went to this spout for relief under that beautiful old tree? It … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Summer Tree!

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Backyard Sketches

Staying close to home, I decided to head out into the backyard for inspiration: My peony bush was just about to blossom, it had big juicy round buds, ready to explode! Next to the peony bush I have two tree stumps for the birds to rest on and a shallow water dish for them to … Continue reading Backyard Sketches

Storm Clouds and Sketch

Oh how I LOVE thunderstorms! I wait for them, I track them on radar, and welcome them with wide eyes! I've been trained from a child you know, my Dad would take me outside at night before a storm to watch the lightning come closer. What excitement. Today, I would LOVE to go on a … Continue reading Storm Clouds and Sketch

Something Different

  Needing a change or maybe a challenge, I decided to try something different; graphite wash pencils and a little bit of watercolor. I have always wanted to try graphite pencils that are water-soluble and thought that adding color would add some interest.  I love how singling out one individual flower can show how it … Continue reading Something Different

Let’s Paint Woodland Phlox!

One of my all-time favorite wildflower is the Woodland Phlox. In many photos you usually see this plant as a blue cluster, however the ones I see in the woods are purple not blue. Here is my reference photo:    Isn't it a beauty? OK here we go, let's capture this wildflower in watercolors...    Step … Continue reading Let’s Paint Woodland Phlox!

Some Paintings Don’t Make It

This morning I was all excited about the Canyon Columbine I found last Tuesday. I tried to make a pastel painting but was very frustrated on the outcome. So frustrated it ended in the garbage. It happens.  What did I do? Well, after I couldn't get my painting to work, I ate something really bad … Continue reading Some Paintings Don’t Make It

Class at Sagawau

I'm currently studying to become a Master Naturalist in the state of Illinois, a class which takes us to various locations to study different subjects. Today we were at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, studying ornithology. Oooo birds!  This morning we went for a bird hike and then learned about bird banding... This little male chickadee is being … Continue reading Class at Sagawau

Let’s Paint a Hawk Feather!

While hiking I found the greatest feather ever! From tip to tip it is 13 inches...wow that's HUGE! So let's make a watercolor painting so we can remember this feather forever... Here is the reference photo. I had to tape the feather down because it wanted to lay on its side. Isn't it a beauty? … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Hawk Feather!