Spring Sketch at Willoway Brook -watercolor and video

Sketch of Willoway Brook at Morton Arboretum

I would say that springtime in the Chicagoland area has been phenomenal this year. Around here, we usually go from winter directly into summer. Or spring teases us with a few nice days, then we’re bombarded with humid, hot weather. Not so for 2021. It seems as if March and April were mild, and May so far is beautiful too.

So I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go to the Morton Arboretum to sketch one of my favorite streams, Willoway Brook. This location has wonderful memories for me because when my son was small, I took him to this waterway to collect aquatic organisms to inspect under a toy magnifying glass. How excited he was when he identified squirming life right in his aquatic insect kit!

Fast forward 20 years and he now creates music for my videos.

Enjoy this 2 minute video of some highlights at the Morton Arboretum and watch a watercolor sketch of Willoway Brook come to life!

Video of Willoway Brook watercolor sketch coming to life.
Photo of Willoway Brook

And remember when things get tough in life…..

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8


  1. Lovely sketch, lovely music! It’s been a beautiful leisurely Spring here in New Hampshire, too– hurrah! Your work is always uplifting, Christine– all the best, keep smilin’!

    1. Thank you, Mark! Oooo New Hampshire….bet it’s amazing in autumn!! Spring too! Enjoy this beautiful weather while it’s possible 😀

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