Soothing Fountain Sketch

What is it about the sound of trickling water? How can such an element possess the power of tranquility? It erodes the hard deposits of stress and whispers in your ear, "Everything is going to be alright."  I believe it every time. In the southeast corner of my backyard, I have a rock garden which contains many rocks I have … Continue reading Soothing Fountain Sketch

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Mushrooms in the Woods Sketch

Journal entry: 6-16-2010 85°F mostly sunny, light breeze Country Lane Woods, Cook County Forest Preserves Zone 6 The mosquitoes are vicious this afternoon. Humid wet conditions make them happy. I will put up with them for a little while and render my payment, a small donation of blood, to hear the trickling of the creek … Continue reading Mushrooms in the Woods Sketch

Hike at Little Red Schoolhouse

There are so many treasures to be found while hiking. Let me share with you a secret on how to get the most out of your hike: Walk slow and be quiet, scan the ground as well as both sides of the trail with your eyes as you slowly pass by, you'll be surprised at how much you can … Continue reading Hike at Little Red Schoolhouse

Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Today I had the chance to be at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL. It has been raining for hours, but does that make nature any less desireable? Why, of corse not! Quite the opposite actually, less people and more wildlife! I sat under shelter while sketching this scene. It took me about 45 minutes. … Continue reading Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Garden Flowers Sketch

The blessings of summer are abundant! It is just a few weeks away until the first day of summer and I am already enjoying  full blooms in the garden. How lucky I am to walk in my own backyard and reap the benefits. Truly grateful, I do not consider it a small matter. Here are a few carpet flower stems … Continue reading Garden Flowers Sketch