Tag: Cook County Forest Preserves

Storm Over Orland Grasslands

Check out the gorgeous site at the Orland Grasslands this morning… Holy cow! What excitement! What beauty!!! I wonder what type of cloud this is?  The weather was not threatening enough for a wall cloud or shelf cloud, actually this was at the end…

Let’s Paint the Blue Dasher Dragonfly!

Remember we saw the blue dasher at Papoose Lake a few weeks ago? Let’s have a lot of fun by learning how to paint this dragonfly using watercolor paints… Here is our reference photo. Isn’t he handsome? Step 1: Make a rough sketch on…

Let’s Paint the Green Frog at Papoose Lake!

Remember the little green frog we found at Papoose Lake? He’s so cute! My daughter named him Bart. Bartholomew Green Frog from Papoose. Very fitting considering Saint Bartholomew’s (one of the 12 Apostles) feast day is in August. Well, here we go…Let’s paint the…

Papoose Fisherman Sketch

I love watching people fish. Especially the type of fishing person that reminds me of my Grandpa; elderly, gentle, and having a grand ole time for hours in solitude with nature. At Papoose Lake, I came upon such a fishing person… What a terrific…

Papoose Lake Fun

Recently I stopped at Papoose Lake to have some fun. Oh what fun I did have for sure! Papoose Lake is part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves, the Sag Valley area. It’s a quiet little place were few visitors stopped by to fish…

Let’s Paint a Phoebe Nest with Babies!

Before we begin, let me show you what else I found in the Teason Woods, part of Chicago’s  Cook County Forest Preserves. Starting on the yellow trail heading west, I immediately encountered a scarlet tanager: here is another view: Isn’t he sooooo beautiful? I…

Hidden Pond Sketch

No, this isn’t a crazy green mess. This sketch contains a hidden pond, matter of fact, that is the name of the place I sketched it from: Hidden Pond Woods – Hickory Hills, IL. A nice tiny little get-a-way with a tiny little pond. Can you find it? We…

Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South

We’ve been doing a lot of painting and little hiking, so get your hiking boots on and come with me to Swallow Cliff South, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves! Yesterday was a beautiful day, no rain, beautiful sun, not hot and not…

Pioneer Woods Sketch

I was lucky enough to duck out of work a little earlier than normal. Yesssss! I love when that happens. The fist thing I did was to find a cozy spot to paint. I decided to visit Pioneer Woods , part of Chicago’s Cook County…

Overwhelmed by Green Sketch

I took a few vacation days from work and today decided to get in a quick watercolor sketch. For just about an hour, I stopped at Swallow Cliff Woods North, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preseve  Zone #7. OK, I’m only human. I…