Tag: drawing

It’s a Boy! Update on Polyphemus Cocoon

Do you remember last year when a Polyphemus caterpillar visited my house? (Click on the link to see post with video of caterpillar eating maple leaves.) I was completely shocked as I just happened to find it on my siding. Suddenly, in a matter… Continue Reading “It’s a Boy! Update on Polyphemus Cocoon”

A Polyphemus Came to My House One Day

One day when I least expected it, I had a visitor from nature. I was sitting on the floor of my porch when I looked over to the siding on the house and noticed a giant, juicy, green caterpillar. Upon closer inspection I discovered… Continue Reading “A Polyphemus Came to My House One Day”

Before the Snow Autumn Tree Watercolor

Today this tree is covered in white. It looks nothing like this painting. Perhaps there are a few less leaves as well after a gusty winter storm arrived in Chicago yesterday. It is perceived differently today than it was when it was not dressed… Continue Reading “Before the Snow Autumn Tree Watercolor”

Let’s Draw a Rabbit (for kids and adults who want to have fun)!

I have the most amazing job ever. I’m a naturalist who has the privilege of teaching people (mostly children) about nature in my area. I give presentations on wildlife, hiking, host nature themed birthday parties, etc. The other day I hosted an animal encounter… Continue Reading “Let’s Draw a Rabbit (for kids and adults who want to have fun)!”

Difference Between Oil Pastels and Soft Pastels

When creating with pastels, what’s the difference between oil pastels and soft pastels? Let me show you! First off, simple and to the point: oil pastels are like oil/wax sticks, soft pastels are more like chalk sticks. I am using a white Ampersand Pastelbord… Continue Reading “Difference Between Oil Pastels and Soft Pastels”

Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing

45°F Overcast, Fog Chorus frogs sing in the background. Heavy fog in the air. Moss covers trunks and branches so thick, it’s as if spring is crawling up the trees. The wind sways low basswood branches causing them to move side to side, like… Continue Reading “Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing”

For the Love of Winter Trees

Winter brings out the true character of a tree, exposing every branch, every twig. It reveals the very essence, divulges hidden secrets, and leaves you in a trance as you try to follow one branch with your eyes…from the trunk to the very tip… Continue Reading “For the Love of Winter Trees”

Rough Sketch – Cicada Shell

Vanity – n., 1 anything that is in vain or futile 2 worthlessness or futility 3 being vain, or too proud of oneself  (Webster’s New World Dictionary) It is my love for nature… that is the reason why I decided to start, Let’s Paint… Continue Reading “Rough Sketch – Cicada Shell”

Sap Frosted Pine Cone Graphite Drawing

Not snow, but sap. And after you handle the pine cone, you realize the sap is like superglue on your fingers… but it has the most amazing pine scent, so you don’t seem to mind that you’re a mess.  Ha ha ha! I found… Continue Reading “Sap Frosted Pine Cone Graphite Drawing”

Kitty Graphite Wash

I decided to change up my mediums and practice sketching with something other than watercolors. General’s Sketch & Wash pencil (made in the USA, yeaaaaaah!!!) is a nice change of pace and I highly recommend it as a quick, yet fun sketching tool. It acts… Continue Reading “Kitty Graphite Wash”