Churchill Woods Watercolor Sketch

Red-wing blackbird parks above my head...That watchful eye focused on me while repeating mild warning calls.  check, check, check His shoulder badge bears witness to his duty as forerunner, he's obligated I suppose. But to the dragonflies, they pay no mind...darting, chasing, they zip within inches of me. And to the fish, they pay no … Continue reading Churchill Woods Watercolor Sketch

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July 2011 Sketch Class Results

July's sketch class was a success. We had such a wonderful artistic fellowship while discovering nature. After a short walk from the nature center, we settled in by the slough to take in the amazing view. The dead trees across the slough caught my eye, so some of us decided to paint this scene. Here … Continue reading July 2011 Sketch Class Results

Let’s Paint an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly!

Oh boy! You are really going to love this step-by-step watercolor demonstration on how to paint a female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) because it's so darn EASY! I know you can try this one home...come on...just try it! Here is my reference photo, not the greatest I know, but hey, I really did meet this … Continue reading Let’s Paint an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly!

Let’s Paint the Blue Dasher Dragonfly!

Remember we saw the blue dasher at Papoose Lake a few weeks ago? Let's have a lot of fun by learning how to paint this dragonfly using watercolor paints... Here is our reference photo. Isn't he handsome? Step 1: Make a rough sketch on 140lb. hot press watercolor paper using graphite pencil. Step 2a: Wet … Continue reading Let’s Paint the Blue Dasher Dragonfly!

Papoose Lake Fun

Recently I stopped at Papoose Lake to have some fun. Oh what fun I did have for sure! Papoose Lake is part of Chicago's Cook County Forest Preserves, the Sag Valley area. It's a quiet little place were few visitors stopped by to fish on the day I visited. Here are some highlights... Black Eye … Continue reading Papoose Lake Fun

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Look what greeted me in the parking lot of Walmart! Isn't he beautiful??? He/She is a Halloween Pennant Dragonfly, named for its festive Halloween colors (yellow, orange, brown). He flew right over my head and landed on this car antenna. I was in the store for about 45 minutes, when I returned to my car … Continue reading Halloween Pennant Dragonfly