Category: Chicago

Rice Lake at Danada Forest Preserves Watercolor Sketch

As the leaves blow by and the air turns slightly cooler, I know it’s a race against time. Autumn is here and it doesn’t like to linger. So I’m trying to get out as much as possible. Last Saturday I had the chance to… Continue Reading “Rice Lake at Danada Forest Preserves Watercolor Sketch”

Rain and a Glimpse of Autumn Sketch

08-28-2016 (Sun) 88°F Rain. Beautiful rain. Straight down it was…no meandering, no skewing, no divergence, no wind. Tapping on leaves in trees creates a sound as if hundreds are clapping. My spirit is clapping. I try to hear splashes in the puddles but cannot.… Continue Reading “Rain and a Glimpse of Autumn Sketch”

Rough Sketch – Cicada Shell

Vanity – n., 1 anything that is in vain or futile 2 worthlessness or futility 3 being vain, or too proud of oneself  (Webster’s New World Dictionary) It is my love for nature… that is the reason why I decided to start, Let’s Paint… Continue Reading “Rough Sketch – Cicada Shell”

Nature at Fabyan Windmill – Watercolor

I sit underneath an oak tree whose arms sprawl against an intense blue sky this cool brilliant morning. The arms of the oak becomes a playground to the chickadees that delight here. Puffy clouds move southwest rather rapidly. The air is sweet, but I… Continue Reading “Nature at Fabyan Windmill – Watercolor”

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… Continue Reading “Fern Moss and Shelf Mushroom Watercolor”

String of Diamonds Watercolor

Did you ever hear someone groan when it started to rain? “Oh MAN!” They might sigh, “Why does it have to rain? It messes up my day. I hate rain.” Oh, but the beauty! So gentle, so rare…..if you look for it. See past… Continue Reading “String of Diamonds Watercolor”

Roots Exposed Watercolor

Craving some en plein air instead of painting from a picture, I headed out on what seemed a mild day. But that wind…. That deceiving wind has a way of gnawing at your bones until you say, “I give.” I brought my camping chair… Continue Reading “Roots Exposed Watercolor”

Tangled Watercolor

The cemetery guaranteed a quiet visit. I parked on the side of the road and found myself under a tangled web of branches. One tree overlaps knotting and twisting, melting into the adjacent, interlaced in the air. Icy twigs clank in the brisk gust.… Continue Reading “Tangled Watercolor”

East Branch DuPage River Watercolor Sketch

East Branch DuPage River Churchill Woods 40°F  Calm A mild temperature cultivates an ideal setting for wildlife. There seems to be no end this day, as I notice abundant wildlife everywhere. Sitting next to the quiet river, a gaggle of geese tranquilly bobs up… Continue Reading “East Branch DuPage River Watercolor Sketch”

Melting Snow at Crabapple Lake Watercolor

Crabapple Lake Morton Arboretum Lisle, IL The midday sun did its best to melt the snow, But only the hilltops relented, exposing green of grass. Did remaining snow call in clouds for help? Thaw on pause… For now. The day before Thanksgiving my workplace… Continue Reading “Melting Snow at Crabapple Lake Watercolor”