Sketch Class Results October 2011

A perfect midwest autumn scene: blazing reds, golden yellows and subdued browns. That's what greeted us this crisp (downright cold) autumn morning as we met to converse with nature. Our mission was to take a short hike and find at least three different leaves which spoke to us. We met at the fire pit circle and … Continue reading Sketch Class Results October 2011

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Sketch Class Results Sept 2011

Beating the rain, the sketch class went forward to celebrate the autumn trees and the nature center which brought us together. Sitting under a tree as the chickadees watch, they are the audience and we are the performers. Versatile, we adapt to any situation and make ourselves comfortable. Penwork was finished at home. The moisture in the air made drying difficult. … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Sept 2011

August 2011 Sketch Class Results

The group, 10 including myself, was the biggest we've ever had and on a morning like this one, it couldn't have gotten any better; The sky: pure blue, the temps: perfectly mild, and the artistic fellowship while connecting with nature: magnificent! We decided to hang out by Long John Slough and sketched the trail and background. … Continue reading August 2011 Sketch Class Results

Sketch Class Results April 2011

Little Red Schoolhouse Sketch Class April 2011Amanda, Scott, Michelle, Amy, Lori, Alanna (kneeling), myself, and Sue Wow! What a class!!! Finally blessed with a perfect warm day to do some watercolor sketching, the group headed out on the White Oak Trail in search for woodland wildflowers...and oh boy, did we find a treasure of them! Mesmerized … Continue reading Sketch Class Results April 2011

Sketch Class Results Feb 2011

02-26-2011 28°F Light snow, no wind We first hike the Black Oak Trail, to get our blood pumping and connect with nature. The heavy odor of burnt firewood hangs in the air. I do not know where the smell originates. Fresh snow makes identifying animal tracks a lot of fun. Three individual coyote tracks, traveling together, stays with us … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Feb 2011

Venom: Nature’s Killer NOVA on PBS

I JUST finished watching, "Venom: Nature's Killer" on my PBS channel and I'm really HOT. Super MAD HOT. Not because today's scientists are sampling venom from jelly fish, spiders, and lizards and coming up with medication that combats heart disease, epilepsy, and possibly cancer (awesome)...but because in the last 10 minutes of the clip, one scientist … Continue reading Venom: Nature’s Killer NOVA on PBS

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 diehards! I had a vile of vodka to mix in our … Continue reading Jan 2011 Watercolor Sketch Class Results

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! Look at that structure. Beaver lodges can be made up of … Continue reading Sketch Class Results November 2010

Free Sketch Class Saturday

Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday (November 27, 2010) is another free watercolor sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, IL. Class will start at 9am and end at 12 noon. Dress for the weather!!! We will try to paint outside however, if the weather is too unbearable we … Continue reading Free Sketch Class Saturday

October Sketch Class Results

October 30th was another free sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. A short hike took us to the location the group decided to sketch. It is of an overlook on Long John Slough. This autumn morning we had a crisp temperature of 44°F, little wind, and full sun. Along our hike we … Continue reading October Sketch Class Results