Category: nature

Time for Skunk Cabbage – Watercolor

Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is the earliest ephemeral spring wildflower to appear. Yes, this odd plant is a wildflower! And I found it while hiking just yesterday. Actually, I found tons of them! Skunk cabbage is a very unique plant. It generates its… Continue Reading “Time for Skunk Cabbage – Watercolor”

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… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint Deer Takes Flight Watercolor Sketch”

O Holy Night Watercolor

If you’re feeling low this holiday season, stop for a few minutes to reflect on this… For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 Merry Christmas and… Continue Reading “O Holy Night Watercolor”

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… Continue Reading “The Mute Colors of Winter – Watercolor”

Trio of Trees and Sacrifice

I know of a trio of trees. Of this trio, every autumn, the middle one loses half of its leaves. Exactly half and always on the right side. Today the rain comes down hard and with it a handful of leaves, scattering them to… Continue Reading “Trio of Trees and Sacrifice”

Little Leaved Linden and Nature Journal Club – 3 New Artists

Yes, I’m obsessed with trees. Especially in autumn, my favorite season. Each with its own character, saying something different, they draw me in closer. On this day, I decided to paint the Little Leaved Linden (Tilia cordata), aka Little Leaf Linden. This tree has… Continue Reading “Little Leaved Linden and Nature Journal Club – 3 New Artists”

Nature Journal Club – Gene

Good morning! I’m still not sure how our Nature Journal Club will materialize, but until then, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Gene from Illinois. Gene loves nature, art, poetry, and writing. Gene doesn’t let obstacles get in his way of loving… Continue Reading “Nature Journal Club – Gene”

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… Continue Reading “Autumn Storm Approaching – Nature Journal Club”

The Importance of Keeping a Nature Journal

On its own this particular journal page is not that significant. It’s a recording of my encounter with a cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) in my front yard. But when you look closer, taking the time to create this page not only caused me to… Continue Reading “The Importance of Keeping a Nature Journal”

A Polyphemus Came to My House One Day

One day when I least expected it, I had a visitor from nature. I was sitting on the floor of my porch when I looked over to the siding on the house and noticed a giant, juicy, green caterpillar. Upon closer inspection I discovered… Continue Reading “A Polyphemus Came to My House One Day”