Today, we are going to paint an orange kitty using watercolors. Pretty simple, but the end might scare you. Don't let it! You can do this. I am using Hahnemühle's Leonardo 280 lbs matt watercolor paper, a heavy weight thick wonderful watercolor paper with much texture. In each frame I wanted to have a picture of … Continue reading Let’s Paint an Orange Kitty – Watercolor
Last June I went to Christ in the Wilderness for a 4 day retreat. Every time I visit, I'm rewarded with beautiful solitude, majestic nature, the ability to think and pray. It is like a spiritual renewal or refreshing. God works in mysterious ways and I believe he was speaking to me through nature, almost … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Birdhouse on Wire Fence Speed Demo VIDEO
Hi Folks! This is going to be a fun lesson and very easy! No really, I'm serious, very easy!! Have you tried painting with watercolors but were frustrated because you didn't know why it wasn't doing what you wanted? Well, this lesson will take some of the guess work out what's happening. Here is our … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Winter Branch with Watercolors!
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 distance causing you to ponder the distance in your own life? … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Warm Winter Field and Tree Pastel!
The cold realities of winter did not hinder our love for art and nature. All eager participants showed up bright and early on this frosty January morning, ready to get to work play. We did however, agree to sketch from inside the nature center as the wind was fierce and the wind chill was in the … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Jan 2012
What is it about November that I like so much? Could it be the calm before the storm (peace before holiday chaos)? Could it be the de-clutter of leaves on the trees, providing a sort of de-clutter in my mind? Is it the warmth of the sweater that surrounds me or the first sip of hot … Continue reading Let’s Paint November Sunset!
This Saturday only (9-24-11), museums around the country are participating in Free Museum Day hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. You must choose your museum, have the ticket emailed, and print. Good for two people in a household. Click here for ticket info. Not only can you go to a museum for FREE, but in the morning … Continue reading Free Museum Day Saturday 09-24-11
Look around you...this time of year you can see evidence of autumn. Look at the very tips of the trees near the top. Do you see it? Yes, just a hint of autumn. My favorite time of year. Well, I'm not going to waste any time. Every day from now until the end of November … Continue reading Let’s Paint Evidence of Autumn!
This is Illinois countryside. My cousin took this picture while a storm was approaching a few months ago. I love it. It shows a dilapidated barn in a field of red clover. What I like about it the most is how the picture shows that even after humans fail to keep up, nature keeps on going. Nature … Continue reading Let’s Paint an Old Barn and Red Clover!
It's SO MUCH FUN!!! *shouting* Interested in learning how to sketch nature with watercolors but don't know how to begin? Join me for a free class this Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs, IL. Meet in the parking lot at 9AM. We will take a short hike and choose a … Continue reading July 2011 Sketch Class this Saturday