Category: Chicago

Let’s Paint an Easy Winter Landscape Free Step by Step Watercolor

This is Let’s Paint Nature’s 500th post! To celebrate, let’s post a free step by step watercolor demonstration!!! And let it be an easy on at that. Here we go…. This scene was taken from Knock Knolls in Naperville, IL. It will be a… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint an Easy Winter Landscape Free Step by Step Watercolor”

Male and Female Common Goldeneye Watercolor

Yesterday I went on a birding adventure at Red Oaks Nature Center with the DuPage Birding Club. Red Oaks is located adjacent to the Fox River and has an observatory deck right over the river, perfect for viewing waterfowl and migrating birds. When birding,… Continue Reading “Male and Female Common Goldeneye Watercolor”

Black Squirrel White Snow Watercolor

Black squirrels are not common in Chicago. I’ve only seen two in my lifetime, so you can imagine how jubilant I was to find one running in my own backyard. Happy like a little child. Nature has that way about it….to make you young… Continue Reading “Black Squirrel White Snow Watercolor”

Snow on Sage Watercolor

Snow is softly falling and I have the privilege to watch without interruption, to watch without keeping track of time, to watch without any obligations for the remainder of the day. For once in a long time I can be instead of do. I… Continue Reading “Snow on Sage Watercolor”

Reeds Frozen in Time Watercolor

Not only are the reeds frozen, but the animal tracks are too. Frozen in time. They tell a story which I love to read when hiking in nature. I have to put the pieces together from this story… whose tracks? When were they made?… Continue Reading “Reeds Frozen in Time Watercolor”

Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun Watercolor

Setting Sun Mild 59°F As the sun sets it casts an amber glow to everything it touches. The dried grasses blaze and pine boughs glisten. A radiant moment indeed. Friday I caught this moment and simplified it. Instead of painting every single thing in… Continue Reading “Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun Watercolor”

Magnolia Buds Lie in Wait Watercolor

To have patience. To lie in wait. This autumn magnolia tree already has it’s buds ready for next spring. Why does this happen? The tree’s buds are encased in a heavy fur scale, Soft on the outside with little silver hairs and extremely hard… Continue Reading “Magnolia Buds Lie in Wait Watercolor”

Autumn Fog Watercolor

50°F Fog Sitting before the clearing open land distant autumn trees array like wallpaper. Fog descends along with my thoughts. Something about the clearing allows the thoughts to linger. A heavy idle. As darkness falls regret whispers taunting me with should have dones. Agony… Continue Reading “Autumn Fog Watercolor”

Autumn Rain Watercolor

51°F Overcast, windy, rain. A hawk cry rings out under the heavy damp air. A red squirrel sits to peel the outer layer of a nut, unaffected by the rain. An intruder approaches… another red squirrel. This invasion results in a quick chase around… Continue Reading “Autumn Rain Watercolor”

Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch

On the advice of a Dove Candy wrapper (sea salt caramel & dark chocolate), I got lost on purpose…. Swallows dance above Crabapple Lake. Even though it is an overcast day, I can still see their shadow on the surface of the lake as… Continue Reading “Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch”