Category: hiking

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… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading “Clarity in the Clearing – CITW Part 3 Final”

Stormy Welcome, CITW Part 2

Arriving on the first day, I was greeted by a gentle storm. I love storms. I love the excitement and the unknown. The mood is a little more reverent. There is a certain amount of waiting involved…watching the sky, listening, pausing. So I was… Continue Reading “Stormy Welcome, CITW Part 2”

My Strategic Withdrawal, CITW Part 1

Sometimes in life you need to retreat. You need to reach over and hit the pause button so that you can regroup. Current events becoming too overwhelming? ….pause button.  Work driving you mad? ….pause button.  Feeling like you’re spinning your wheels not getting anywhere?… Continue Reading “My Strategic Withdrawal, CITW Part 1”

Deep Forest Waterfall Watercolor

The chilled air is moist in the deep dark forest. The trail is lengthy and all you see are trees, but then you start to hear a sound…. You stop walking to hear it louder. Is that a trickle? You start walking again except… Continue Reading “Deep Forest Waterfall Watercolor”

Golden Field Watercolor Sketch

7-12-15 84°F Sun Sticky, uncomfortable, and it’s a full fledged war against mosquitoes. The sun is brilliant but hot. I find a bench in the shade along the path. The bench faces a sun drenched field. On this field resides an active nest box.… Continue Reading “Golden Field Watercolor Sketch”

Lake Marmo Winter Tree Watercolor Sketch

An inviting bench next to a lonely tree…I accept. still gentle calm by a frozen snow topped lake the trees don’t make a sound… contemplating their position recognizing that this again is winter… Now that winter has stripped the leaves clean it’s time to… Continue Reading “Lake Marmo Winter Tree Watercolor Sketch”

Summer at Twelve Thousand Feet Watercolor

Summer @ 12,000 Feet watercolor on 300lb paper Interested in prints or greeting cards?  Click here to view. I’m still having fun painting mountains. Such a contrast from where I live in Illinois…the flattest state in the US. But what’s really fun, is to… Continue Reading “Summer at Twelve Thousand Feet Watercolor”