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

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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

Return to Retreat CITW

It is time once again. I felt it stir within, an urgency to go back. A time to retreat. As I grow, I am more in tune with my body and emotions. With the weight of work and family obligations I needed a time out. Silence is what I crave, giving me the ability to … Continue reading Return to Retreat CITW

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 go to Danada Woods a forest preserve in DuPage County. Immediately … Continue reading Rice Lake at Danada Forest Preserves Watercolor Sketch

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 Monday thru Friday, 9-5 numbness, the cold drizzle is a welcome. … Continue reading Fern Moss and Shelf Mushroom 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 and paints on this fraud of a warm day and headed … Continue reading Roots Exposed 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 and down. Suddenly, half of them take flight for reasons unknown. … Continue reading East Branch DuPage River Watercolor Sketch

Clarity in the Clearing – CITW Part 3 Final

I woke on my second day to bird chatter. At the feeder, 4 house sparrows (♂♀), 3 black capped chickadees, 1 nuthatch, 1 northern cardinal (♀),  and a tussle between 2 chipmunks below. I am excited to head out on the trails. Before I begin, I make a conscious decision to invite the Father with … Continue reading Clarity in the Clearing – CITW Part 3 Final