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 in white, sporting gorgeous colors. But it is the same tree. … Continue reading Before the Snow Autumn Tree Watercolor

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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 with the theme of rabbits. During this presentation I gave facts … 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 for both paintings. The pastel boards feel like sand paper. I … 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 the nodding of the head implying, no. Steady drizzle now. There … 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 of its tiniest twig. It's a challenging maze and no two … 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 Nature. I enjoy being outside and looking at every detail, inspecting … 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 this pine cone while hiking and knew it would look great … 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 just like a pencil, however it is watersoluble, which means you … Continue reading Kitty Graphite Wash

Purring Kitty Drawing plus sound

My crooked eared little kitty closes her eyes, nods her head, purrs ever so softly, and falls fast asleep. rumble rumble rumble rumble....... Oh how I love when she does that! I can sit and listen to her for hours. It is a great stress reliever. Maybe you are allergic to cats and cannot be around … Continue reading Purring Kitty Drawing plus sound

Let’s Paint Maple Lake East!

Let's talk about the importance of using a sketch book before we paint. Using a sketch book on a regular basis is good practice. Practice, practice, practice is just what I need. I can tell how rusty I get when I try to paint after not drawing for several weeks. YUCK! When I keep up … Continue reading Let’s Paint Maple Lake East!