Sketch Class Results Blackwell Forest Preserves

This is Silver Lake at the beautiful Blackwell Forest Preserves in Warrenville, IL. To celebrate nature and soak in all the serene sensations it provides, a few of us met here to create. Just mere pigment, paper, and water, but oh so much more to the artist who connects with nature! And connect we did. … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Blackwell Forest Preserves

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Sketch Class Results Hammel Woods

Jan, Catherine, Christine, Donna, Debby, Alanna (front) My MeetUp group: Chicagoland Sketchbook Hikers, meets all over the place. That's the goal, especially since the Chicago area (you might not realize) has a ton of preserved land which is a refuge, an oasis, shall we say for souls like ourselves that need to connect with nature. … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Hammel Woods

Sketch Class Results Lyman Woods Downers Grove

This month, at the suggestion of a sketch group member, we decided to meet at Lyman Woods in Downer's Grove, IL, for our sketchbook MeetUp class. What a tiny gem! And crawling with springtime woodland wildflowers right now! Prairie Trillium Lily of the Valley And my favorite...Jack in the Pulpit! Amongst the beautiful, there was … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Lyman Woods Downers Grove

Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine March 2013

We gather to cleanse ourselves from a stressful week by sketching nature. To be fully present in this moment, under the sun, in full view of the wildlife, and to slowly breath in the crisp air, is no small event. These few hours are precious as we collect the images of this day in our … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine March 2013

Blind Sketch Location, Great Event Fullersburg Woods

As a Meet-Up organizer to the Chicagoland Sketchbook Hikers group, I can schedule sketch class where ever and when ever I want, but the best part of the deal is that members can suggest a location all on their own to the Meet-Up site and create a future event. Exciting because it is a place … Continue reading Blind Sketch Location, Great Event Fullersburg Woods

Spooky Halloween Sketch

This watercolor sketch (Payne's gray only and black Micron pen), was done with the new MeetUp sketch class last Saturday at Resurrection Cemetery. We met at the main entrance and drove to the old section with beautiful stones and statues. It was really nice to divert from landscapes only and try structures....a nice change of pace. Here is … Continue reading Spooky Halloween Sketch

Maple Lake Watercolor Sketch

Maple Lake A blustery day this was as I sat in my car and sketched from the parking area. I was waaaaay under dressed to be sitting outside for an hour painting. It was very windy, so windy that the waters were choppy and there were no reflections on the lake. Sometimes even a quick … Continue reading Maple Lake Watercolor Sketch

Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine

Saturday morning was a bit brisk, but that didn't stop this nature loving crowd (Alanna, Katie, Tommy),  from hiking on this frosty autumn morning at Lake Katherine! I'm so glad I started this group, it will help bring me back to sketching on a regular base, while gathering with friends. We took a hike around … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine

Calling All Chicagoland Sketchbook Hikers

Here we go folks! If you are in the Chicagoland area and want to sketch and hike. This group is for you! Click on the meetup logo to sign up. This group will consist of a bunch of nature loving amateur artists. We will find locations all over the Chicagoland area to explore with our sketchbooks. After … Continue reading Calling All Chicagoland Sketchbook Hikers

Sketch Class Results June 2012

Thunderstorms raced throughout the night before, leaving this morning's sketch class pretty warm and steamy. It didn't bother us a bit. Matter of fact, under the cool shadow of the forest, the most delightful aroma of sweet, wet, earth played with our senses. We all agreed how wonderful it was. Here we took shelter, hiding from the sun … Continue reading Sketch Class Results June 2012