Pumpkin Spider Watercolor

I couldn't time this if I had tried...just days before Halloween. My son and I went for a hike at a local forest preserve. He found this species trying to cross the path, a female marbled orb-weaver (aka pumpkin spider). I wont lie. Spiders scare me....but isn't she a beauty?!? Right now in October, marbled … Continue reading Pumpkin Spider Watercolor

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Angry Cottonwood Watercolor Sketch

The cottonwood wasn't angry, I was. Just the day before I had gotten into an argument with an in-law which was totally taken by surprise. I held a rational conversation as long as I could until I had to remove myself from a room in my own home. It's best to walk away than regret … Continue reading Angry Cottonwood Watercolor Sketch

Autumn’s Pregame Watercolor

♪ ♫  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME AUTUMN?!?  ♫ ♪ It's coming! Autumn is around the corner and right now you can enjoy its pregame show. I decided to tailgate at the forest preserves and here is what I saw... Honey Bees on Goldenrod Bumblebee on Aster Monarch on Aster Boneset Pink Joe-Pye-Weed Goldenrod Hawk … Continue reading Autumn’s Pregame Watercolor

Waterfall Glen in Watercolor Pencils

The air is heavy with humidity, the sun hot on your skin, but the rushing sound of water provides a cool comfort as if there's relief within touch. And there is. The heat did not seem to bother the monarchs flitting in between the leaves of the tree next to the falls. Their wings so … Continue reading Waterfall Glen in Watercolor Pencils

Let’s Paint a Field of Queens VIDEO

https://youtu.be/jhkMMUOm5a0 (Quick 6 minute speed demo) Queen Anne's Lace is my favorite weed. When I was a child, I grew up next to an empty lot in the city and in the summer time the field was dressed in lace. Tall laced flowers dancing in the breeze, some as tall as I was... they became … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Field of Queens VIDEO

The Song of Spring Watercolor

To enjoy the song of spring, it cannot be played on an iPhone or any other artificial electronic device. That would be an insult to your ears. To see a male rose-breasted grosbeak look you in the eye and hear him bicker at you for being too close to his turf is a very intimate … Continue reading The Song of Spring 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 my view/picture, I painted what was necessary to capture the mood … Continue reading Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun 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 they swoop within an inch of the water. The wind pushes … Continue reading Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch

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. What are they? They communicate with each other by "whisping"....whisp, whisp, … Continue reading The Bridge – Watercolor

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 to a little corner of nature where I am actually alone. … Continue reading Nature in November Watercolor Sketch