Category: hiking

Let’s Paint Deer Takes Flight Watercolor Sketch

Do you want to paint a quick watercolor sketch using only a few colors? Okay! Let’s go. Here are my reference photos taken at Hammel Woods in Shorewood, IL on a beautiful winter day. Step 1: Sketch out your road map. What do you…

The Mute Colors of Winter – Watercolor

Immediately at the start of my hike, a single blue jay welcomes me with a loud reception. Smiling, I look ahead and notice something silver hanging from a branch…something out of place…something not of the woods… One silver ball. A simple gesture really, but…

Autumn Storm Approaching – Nature Journal Club

You can hear the wheels of photosynthesis grinding slower. With every breeze carries with it a handful of leaves. They swirl past my ears. Mr. Bee, would you like to visit the goldenrod resting peacefully on the edge of a quiet pond? Or in…

Amazing Jewelweed Watercolor

Jewelweed is one amazing plant for many reasons. First, its beauty. Jewelweed flowers look like little trumpets hanging under leaves. The one I found is pale jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), but you can also find orange jewelweed (I. capensis) which has a deeper, more vibrant…

Lake Katherine Pine Watercolor

Even the pine reaches for the light. When I go to a location with sketching supplies in hand, how do I decide on a subject to sketch? I begin to walk…looking for something to speak to me. Something in nature has to reach out,…

The Allure of Winter Weeds

Winter isn’t deprived of beauty. Yes, color is a little more drab but really, beauty is still all around us… you must look a little closer. Where winter is weak in color, it makes up for it in texture. There is texture to be…

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…

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…

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…

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…