Return to Retreat CITW

It is time once again. I felt it stir within, an urgency to go back. A time to retreat. As I grow, I am more in tune with my body and emotions. With the weight of work and family obligations I needed a time out. Silence is what I crave, giving me the ability to … Continue reading Return to Retreat CITW

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Fern Moss and Shelf Mushroom Watercolor

45°F cold rain I am wearing my rain gear with layers of clothing bundled underneath as I walk on a grassy trail laced with mud. I don't mind the mud nor do I mind the cold drizzle on my face. In a lifetime of Monday thru Friday, 9-5 numbness, the cold drizzle is a welcome. … Continue reading Fern Moss and Shelf Mushroom Watercolor

Dariana’s Chickadee watercolor

I painted this for my friend's step-daughter. She is visiting from Costa Rica. This is her first time in America. So what does a girl from Costa Rica need from Chicago? SNOW! Unfortunately as it turns out, this is the mildest winter Chicago has had in a very long time. Mild and dry. Right now … Continue reading Dariana’s Chickadee watercolor

Birdie Bookmarks

I've finished a new series of bookmarks...for those who love birds and books! Each bookmark is laminated and includes a tassel. $4 each or $12 for all 4 birds. Includes shipping in US Black-capped Chickadee bookmark. click here to order chickadee only $4 Eastern Towhee bookmark click here to order towhee only $4 Female House Sparrow bookmark … Continue reading Birdie Bookmarks

Today Only $6 Off Mugs

Chickadee Mug by Lets_Paint_Nature Make Travel mugs online with Zazzle   I had the opportunity to upload some artwork to Zazzle and create some products. Today, they are offering $6 off all mugs with code: zbdayallmugs   I don't really push selling a lot on this site, however 6 bucks off is a good deal! I couldn't … Continue reading Today Only $6 Off Mugs

Jan 2011 Watercolor Sketch Class Results

It is mild, there is no wind, and we are at a sweltering 30°F. Sweltering? Yes! After weeks of cooler temps, this is a heat wave in the Chicago area. So mild that the gang decided to sketch outside instead of inside! Yesssss! We are nature diehards! I had a vile of vodka to mix in our … Continue reading Jan 2011 Watercolor Sketch Class Results

Fight For Life Sketch Bullfrog Lake

11-07-2010 (Sunday) 60°F  sunny, windy Bullfrog Lake The sun is warm when the wind stops. For one second, I get a really sweet smell...but I don't know what it is or where it is coming from. Then it vanishes. The wind is so strong that the few oak leaves remaining make a sizzle noise. Pssss...sizzzzle. Two chickadees on … Continue reading Fight For Life Sketch Bullfrog Lake

Let’s Paint a Chickadee!

Chickadees are one of my most favorite birds. I don't see them too much in the spring or summer, but rather they like to visit my feeder in autumn and especially in winter. Just recently two chickadees have visited my feeder everyday, several times a day. It is such a treat to watch these tiny … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Chickadee!

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

Birds and Bagel

Just a few bird pictures from my hike last weekend, here we have a tiny little chickadee and an incoming downy woodpecker. Now that's odd. It's not everyday you find a bagel in a tree. Someone left this bird treat on a branch for easy bird access. By the looks of it, some winged friend already … Continue reading Birds and Bagel