Category: Chicago

Storm Over Orland Grasslands

Check out the gorgeous site at the Orland Grasslands this morning… Holy cow! What excitement! What beauty!!! I wonder what type of cloud this is?  The weather was not threatening enough for a wall cloud or shelf cloud, actually this was at the end… Continue Reading “Storm Over Orland Grasslands”

Perseid Meteors, 1 Raccoon, and 3 Cops

I don’t condone breaking the law in any circumstance, however, it was all in the name of science! Just kidding! Last night, very spur of the moment (I am so not a spontaneous person, btw), I met up with a friend and her husband to… Continue Reading “Perseid Meteors, 1 Raccoon, and 3 Cops”

Storm Coming Sketch before Night

After a warm day, evening enters bringing with it curious forms. Clouds gather allowing only slight peep holes for the setting sun. What do they intend? A brewing storm? I shall only be so lucky. This was the scene in my backyard at 8pm… Continue Reading “Storm Coming Sketch before Night”

Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South

We’ve been doing a lot of painting and little hiking, so get your hiking boots on and come with me to Swallow Cliff South, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves! Yesterday was a beautiful day, no rain, beautiful sun, not hot and not… Continue Reading “Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South”

Pioneer Woods Sketch

I was lucky enough to duck out of work a little earlier than normal. Yesssss! I love when that happens. The fist thing I did was to find a cozy spot to paint. I decided to visit Pioneer Woods , part of Chicago’s Cook County… Continue Reading “Pioneer Woods Sketch”

Lake Katherine Wildlife

Lake Katherine is a quiet little nature oasis in the middle of Palos Heights, IL. It’s a nice get-a-way when you’re strapped for time, I just love it! Some features are: waterfall, lake, herb garden, butterfly garden, veggi garden, designated prairie area, trail around the lake, and a… Continue Reading “Lake Katherine Wildlife”

Snake in the Woods Sketch

“You’re such a snake!” Why does the idea of a snake conjure fear and evil? Could it be the story of Adam and Eve? The snake is the bad guy in that scenario, but don’t be fooled…evil can take the form of anything…good or… Continue Reading “Snake in the Woods Sketch”

Let’s Paint a White Throated Sparrow!

Well, I fell in love with these little suckers ever since I saw them the other day. So let’s paint them in watercolors before they’re gone… Step 1: Start with a simple sketch in graphite. Don’t worry if every shape and line is not perfect.… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint a White Throated Sparrow!”

Birds Galore

Hot Dog! It seems that the new summer residences have bombarded my house! Keep ’em coming friends, keep ’em coming! I have to note, this is not because I am such a great birdie hostess but it is the result of my neighbor’s diligence… Continue Reading “Birds Galore”

Mr. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at my House!

What a handsome man! Look who just came to my house! Isn’t he something! This is a male rose-breasted grosbeak. He is a summer resident in Chicago and I am very happy to be his hostess! This is my fist sighting of the year and last… Continue Reading “Mr. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at my House!”