Sketchcrawl at Little Red Schoolhouse

Today was the sketchcrawl at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. We had a very small group (2 people), but small is good when learning how to sketch and that’s exactly what we did, went out, picked a spot and did a sketch step-by-step. Here was our view:


This is Long John Slough. We liked the shape of the trees and the color of the sky and clouds.


Here is Alanna, my first non-internet student! We had a very enjoyable morning, as crickets, birds, and cicadas sang to us while we painted.

Slough Artwork by Alanna

Here is a beautiful sketch by Alanna. I think she did a very nice job, well done.

Slough Artwork by Chris

Here is my sketch. You may think that we just painted birds in the sky to include some wildlife and give our scene more excitement, but no, those geese flew at that very spot while we painted. How cool is that?


How can you beat such a beautiful inspiring view? Painting in nature is truly good therapy.

After we were done, we decided to walk the trail. We encountered lots of wildlife, including a monster…


This crawdad was HUGE (6 or 7 inches) and was standing in the middle of the trail ready to attack! He wanted to eat me, I can tell…


I saw it in his eyes! We barely escaped with our lives. (LOL)


On a happier note, this swallowtail butterfly landed on a tree, right by us and allowed us to take some pictures. How blessed we are.

My friend Sharon was going to be at this sketchcrawl and was looking forward to this day. I am not sad, nor will I be depressed, and let it discourage me from painting for I know that she was with us and that all things work for the good of those who love God…

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Rom 8:28

I wish to thank everyone for your kind comments about the passing of my friend. They really comforted me during a trying time.


  1. Chris- I wish we lived closer- I’d like to come out with you on a sketchcrawl. Photography has consumed me this summer- I haven’t put a pencil to paper and sketched since February. I REALLY need to start doing it bring some balance to the artistic side of my brain!


  2. Looks like y’all had fun. I’ve been thinking recently about doing some plein aire…come Fall perhaps. 115F here with 90%+ humidity now. Blarg! Sorry about Sharon, hon. *hug*

  3. This was one of the most enjoyable Saturday mornings I can remember! When I returned home, I started painting again. I am looking forward to the next Sketchcrawl and hope we can get a nice group together – it really is worth the ride there. I felt like I got a shot of new life! Thank you so much, Christine!! You are a true Instrument of God.

  4. Artwebshow: Thanks! Yes, it was fun.

    Tom: Too bad about the distance 😦 Maybe you can find a group in your own area or start one!

    Lana: Yuck on the humidity! You can’t even breath when it’s like that! THanks for the hug, I’ll take it 🙂

    Alanna: For me too, very enjoyable. Good job on practicing at home…I think I took a nap, ha, ha! I hope we get a regular following on our monthy sketch hikes.

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