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

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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

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