Tag: autumn

Autumn Thunderstorm and Tree Sketch

There’s something about a black autumn sky behind brilliant leaves. I love when menacing clouds gather, they seem to illuminate the trees and turn them on….just like a light switch! That special treat is exactly what I experienced at my friend Alanna’s house recently.… Continue Reading “Autumn Thunderstorm and Tree Sketch”

What Grows in Felled Log – watercolor

This watercolor was done from a friend’s photo of a felled log in the woods. I love how little seedlings took in the cavity of the log, making a very suitable home.  The wet forest floor makes perfect conditions for the yummy moss that… Continue Reading “What Grows in Felled Log – watercolor”

Sketch Class Results October 2011

A perfect midwest autumn scene: blazing reds, golden yellows and subdued browns. That’s what greeted us this crisp (downright cold) autumn morning as we met to converse with nature. Our mission was to take a short hike and find at least three different leaves which… Continue Reading “Sketch Class Results October 2011”

Autumn Winds Sketch

The wind, being an advocate for winter, wants to strip the autumn trees clean. I the observer, while appreciating the forces of nature, want to retard this process. My power? Watercolors. I cannot bribe one leaf back on a branch, but I can record this day… Continue Reading “Autumn Winds Sketch”

Cricket Poem and Watercolor Sketch

I can’t sing. I couldn’t carry a tune if you paid me. But when something touches you so wonderfully, when you find yourself caught in a moment in nature that inspires you soooo much….you just want to belt it out! Well, luckily for you,… Continue Reading “Cricket Poem and Watercolor Sketch”

Let’s Paint Evidence of Autumn!

Look around you…this time of year you can see evidence of autumn. Look at the very tips of the trees near the top. Do you see it? Yes, just a hint of autumn. My favorite time of year. Well, I’m not going to waste… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint Evidence of Autumn!”

Trees of Turtlehead Sketch

Nov. 3, 2010 54°F, clouds coming from the west, wind Turtlehead Lake I find a group of trees along the orange trail that holds my attention, I make myself comfortable and sit right down. The sun at my back is starting to fade as… Continue Reading “Trees of Turtlehead Sketch”

October Sketch Class Results

October 30th was another free sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. A short hike took us to the location the group decided to sketch. It is of an overlook on Long John Slough. This autumn morning we had a crisp temperature… Continue Reading “October Sketch Class Results”

Owl Moon Watercolor plus Sound

Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, I painted a spooky owl under crescent moon on a cold autumn night. And for a little fun, let’s listen to him call…. (sound from CGEffex at http://www.freesound.org) Isn’t nature fun?

August Sketch Class Results

On Saturday August 28th, another successful sketch class was held at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, IL. Why was it successful? Not for the size of the class, but for the experience we had; for the beauty we experienced and for nature, which… Continue Reading “August Sketch Class Results”