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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…

Winter Cemetery Watercolors

Push aside your homework/chores/work reports and come away with me for a bit to a place of peace, where the living are quiet and respectful and the dead…well…they’re quiet too. In the wintertime, there’s nothing better than a heavy, dark, snow filled sky, where…

Let’s Paint a Warm Winter Field and Tree Pastel!

I don’t know what it is about an open field with few trees, but I just can’t get enough of them! Maybe it’s the open expanse of the field and the sky together, making you feel free or perhaps the feeling of looking far into the…

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…

Stream and Bridge Watercolor Sketch – Waterfall Glen

This is down stream from Waterfall Glen. You might remember last year’s sketch in the springtime. With this sketch, I tried to get layer upon layer of watercolor distant trees to convey depth. I also love the way the stream is partially frozen, the…

Dried Winter Wildflower and Weeds Sketch

Last week I ordered the book, Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter, by Lauren Brown. I can never have enough field books. I’m a field book addict 😉 Anyway, what did I have to do immediately?!? Collect some samples of course! Here are my samples….

Let’s Paint Sun and Shadow Pine!

Okay Folks, the Holidays are over and this is a brand new year with bright brand new beginnings. So lets get crack-a-lackin’ and get serious about our artwork! Today we will learn how to paint a pine tree with soft pastels…. Here is my…

Of Pain and Pleasure Sketch

Bittersweet. The definition: Of pain and pleasure. For how can we know pleasure without knowing what pain is? We can’t. How we wish we could eliminate the pain…but it is impossible. We must accept it and it does make us stronger. Anyway, last Sunday…

Swallow Cliff South Sketch

Just as I started this sketch, an elderly couple sat at the picnic table to enjoy the surroundings of Swallow Cliff South. Talking to each other and occasionally smiling, my heart became tender. Tears started to well, but I kept my big girl pants…

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….