Category: Nature Sketching

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…

Free Encouraging Artwork

In this world we will have problems. That’s a guarantee. While we shouldn’t run to people to fix our problems, they are fallible and broken themselves, we can always run to God. He is unchanging and infallible.  He is the same yesterday, today, and…

Encouraging Watercolor Giveaway

Do you feel like sometimes you just need a little encouragement to get through the day? Me too. When I’m in nature, all I need to do is sit in creation and soak it in. During that time, my charge cord is plugged in…

Tangled Watercolor

The cemetery guaranteed a quiet visit. I parked on the side of the road and found myself under a tangled web of branches. One tree overlaps knotting and twisting, melting into the adjacent, interlaced in the air. Icy twigs clank in the brisk gust….

Merry Christmas Pine – Free Artwork

Winter Music An overnight storm blankets the earth and covers each bough, each twig, But midday sun breaks snow’s grip. As dollops of ice and snow slide off, Lower branches become chords to this tree harp. Various high pitched chimes ring in the frosty…

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…

Melting Snow at Crabapple Lake Watercolor

Crabapple Lake Morton Arboretum Lisle, IL The midday sun did its best to melt the snow, But only the hilltops relented, exposing green of grass. Did remaining snow call in clouds for help? Thaw on pause… For now. The day before Thanksgiving my workplace…

Weathered Nesting Box Watercolor

Weathered Shelter, the defense against elements. From scorch of sun to bite of frost; From blast of wind to deluge of cloudburst This haven worn by diligence, Protects. Nature does not relent, Sweet but fierce, Power by intent. Some say the signs are in…

Rainy Autumn Morning Watercolor

Raindrops pummeling onto the concrete outside my window awakens me from a deep sleep. My eyes open, but I do not want to move. This time is to be treasured. I will not let that voice which asks, “What time is it?”, steal this…

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…