Tag: Cook County Forest Preserves

Jan 2011 Watercolor Sketch Class Results

It is mild, there is no wind, and we are at a sweltering 30°F. Sweltering? Yes! After weeks of cooler temps, this is a heat wave in the Chicago area. So mild that the gang decided to sketch outside instead of inside! Yesssss! We are nature…

Let’s Paint Twilight Winter Landscape!

This is a picture I took last winter at the Orland Grasslands. I think it was about 4:30, just before dark. Something about this scene caught my eye, maybe it was the openness of the field or that lonely moon looking down. Winter is wonderfully…

Woodpecker Hole Sketch at McClaughry Spring Woods

01-13-2011 20°F  cloudy McClaughry Springs Woods Stopping by McClaughry Woods, you can’t even say that I went for a hike, but rather just an emergency stop for 30 minutes in nature. When I’m only allowed a little bit of time, I try to be…

Hike and Sketch at Bullfrog Lake

12-26-10 33°F  cloudy, breeze orange and red trail Hiking today seems like a workout, for I am wearing regular hiking boots and not snow shoes. There are several inches of snow on the ground. I love to hear the “crunch, crunch, crunch” sound with…

Let’s Paint Winter Grasses!

There’s something wonderful about winter grasses. Could it be that bright warm golden glow? Could it be the way they sound bending in the wind? Could it be the way they poke out of the snow? Yes, all of these above make winter grasses…

Sketchbook Hiking: Spears Woods VIDEO

Well friends, here it is! Finally! Sit back and relax and enjoy a short hike at Spears Woods before we do a step-by-step watercolor sketch demonstration. Why are we hiking before we paint? Well, I really want to invite the viewer to make a…

Red Tail Hawk Sketch at Orland Grasslands

A big white chest is what caught my eye as I drove 50 mph down LaGrange Road this morning. So prominent and bold, yet silent and devising. Not a muscle did he move, just a fixed stare beaming below…waiting for his next meal perhaps. Just a…

Arrowhead Lake Sketch

Last Wednesday I stopped by Arrowhead Lake for just a few moments of nature tranquillity. This sketch may not look tranquil (the sky unleashed freezing rain, ice, and snow) but I was the only one in the parking lot. Yessssss. The mallard ducks didn’t…

Sketch Class Results November 2010

The free November sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center was a hit! As we took a short hike around the slough, we noticed something not seen last month. Can you find it in this picture? HOT DOG…it’s a beaver lodge!!! Wow!…

Spears Woods Watercolor

11-21-10 (Sunday) 55°F   low clouds, rain Spears Woods Heavy clouds are so low, I can’t tell where the distant tree tops end and where the sky begins. It is mild and raining. The rain makes a wonderful tap, tap, tap, sound on my rain…