Month: September 2010

Little Red Schoolhouse Art Fair 2010

It’s that time of year again! The annual Little Red Schoolhouse Art Fair is almost here. This Sunday, October 3rd from 10am-4pm, I will be at the fair selling original fine art, cards, and bookmarks. So far, the weatherman is predicting a beautiful sunny…

September Sketch Class Results

Our little group grew! Here are the September Sketchers at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center: Alanna, Chris (Me), Jackie, and Michelle. One love, nature; One mission, sketching! So here we go…Let’s Paint Nature!    We hiked the Black Oak Trail half-way around Long…

Mini Sunset Watercolor

 This little guy only measures 3.5×2.5 (ATC size). Tiny is fun. Why? Tiny is fun because you’re not obligated for hours trying to create a large piece of art. Tiny is fast. This only took 30 minutes to complete. Tiny is good for practicing….

Free Sketch Class Saturday

Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday is another free watercolor sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, IL. We will meet in front of the schoolhouse at 9AM, rain or shine (if it rains, we will sketch inside)….

Let’s Paint Storm Over Autumn Tree!

Do you remember my hike at Bullfrog Lake after an intense but brief storm? Well, one tree in particular caught my eye. It is a tree which possesses such character, that it stops you dead in your tracts. It catches you staring at it for several…

Bullfrog Lake After Storm Watercolor

09-18-2010 66°F  thunder storm, cool breeze Bullfrog Lake Goldenrods nod in the meadow after a quick but intense thunderstorm rolls through, leaving every blade of grass and every turning leaf heavy, with large drops of rain. The storm has scared off people as Bullfrog Lake is barren, quiet, and…

More Acorn Paintings

I’m having fun with these acorn drawings. Even though my style is usually loose, painting watercolor glazes over a graphite drawing produces a detailed, realistic painting and it’s a nice change of pace. These miniature pieces of art are fun and affordable. “Occupied Acorn”…

Let’s Paint Some Acorns!

Do you know that nature never ceases to amaze me? How often I hike, how often I notice things around me and it seems that I always discover something new…something different. I hope I never run out of things to discover. I hope I never learn everything. I…

Let’s Paint Trees at Dusk!

You are going to like this step-by-step pastel demonstration of how to paint trees at dusk! This may be a little advanced, but don’t worry, with a little practice you’ll be able to handle this, no problem. Here is my set up and reference…

Obedient Plant Sketch

Last week while hiking I stumbled upon obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), in a small field near water. This is the time of year to spot them, beginning bloom is late summer. Why is it named, “obedient?” Obedient refers to the fact that if you take the…