Category: Chicago

All Things Tiny Watercolor

93°F Hot Humid Journal Notes: I found a bench in the shade and it’s ALL MINE. I claim it. A healthy breeze keeps me comfortable, despite the heat. A charm of American goldfinches keeps my spirits exceptionally high as I notice their hilly flight… Continue Reading “All Things Tiny Watercolor”

30 Minute Quick Watercolor Sketch Churchill Woods

Just above the water, swallows chase each other under the bridge. A Baltimore Oriole makes a quick appearance, then disappears into a sea of green. The wind is strong, but the temperature is warm and a rush sounds in between the leaves. I sit… Continue Reading “30 Minute Quick Watercolor Sketch Churchill Woods”

The Bridge – Watercolor

62°F and very breezy. Somehow you don’t mind the wind when it’s mild, even if strong. I could sit here for hours. After only a few minutes, to my surprise, a flock of ducks descend on the water. But these are no common mallards.… Continue Reading “The Bridge – Watercolor”

Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing

45°F Overcast, Fog Chorus frogs sing in the background. Heavy fog in the air. Moss covers trunks and branches so thick, it’s as if spring is crawling up the trees. The wind sways low basswood branches causing them to move side to side, like… Continue Reading “Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing”

Hidden Lake Watercolor – It is Well with My Soul

Driving home and not intending on stopping, something told me it was deeply necessary. Necessary because the world depends on it? Well, no. But rather necessary because my soul needed it. It’s been a while. But I don’t have time! Stop. But I’m expected… Continue Reading “Hidden Lake Watercolor – It is Well with My Soul”

Hearth in the Woods – Watercolor Sketch

In the Midwest where chill reigns for a quarter of the year, you will find a solemn hearth if you’re lucky in the midst of the woods. Not every preserve has one, but when you happen to spot one, it’s like a treasure. This… Continue Reading “Hearth in the Woods – Watercolor Sketch”

Ice Fishing on Herrick Lake Watercolor Sketch

Cold weather, dark gray skies, and the occasional flurries might put many in a gloomy mood. It will force some to stay locked in their houses, giving them an excuse to watch TV for hours and hours. Then there are the adventurers…. Some extreme… Continue Reading “Ice Fishing on Herrick Lake Watercolor Sketch”

Goldfinches in their Winter Wear Watercolor – Free Download

Goldfinch feathers molt into a drab olive green/brown color for winter. Many people upon seeing them assume they are looking at sparrows. Not a few believe goldfinches migrate for the winter because they no longer see that bright, brilliant yellow signature color. Not so!… Continue Reading “Goldfinches in their Winter Wear Watercolor – Free Download”

Let’s Paint a Winter Storm at Night!

The Chicago area has been hit by two significant snow storms since winter started. I love snow. Not only is it soothing to watch as it descends, but it dresses the winter trees in their formal attire. How beautiful. Each and every one dazzles.… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint a Winter Storm at Night!”

Nature in November Watercolor Sketch

Green Valley Forest Preserves 32°F mostly sunny, brisk wind When my nerves become anxious and I recognize that prickly, edgy feeling in my spirit, I know it’s time to distance myself from society. It’s my adult time-out. One I most willingly take. I escape… Continue Reading “Nature in November Watercolor Sketch”