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Ice Fishing on Herrick Lake Watercolor Sketch


Cold weather, dark gray skies, and the occasional flurries might put many in a gloomy mood. It will force some to stay locked in their houses, giving them an excuse to watch TV for hours and hours.

Then there are the adventurers….
Some extreme adventurers laugh at weather conditions, drill through ice, and sit for hours waiting for that bite. Some weaker adventurers (like myself) laugh at weather conditions just the same, but sit in a nice warm car and sketch extreme adventurers at play. He, he, he.

Winter is truly beautiful, even on the most gloomiest of days. It makes me happy to be out even if it means I have to sketch from my car to keep from freezing. I can appreciate the beauty of nature just the same looking through the window.
Maybe you can try it? If you feel as if you have cabin fever, get in your car and drive to the nearest forest preserve or cemetery. Just sit for 15 minutes and look for interesting things. Can you spot birds? Which way is the wind blowing? Follow the sway of branches. Notice the shapes of dried weeds….they’re all so different. Try to write down what’s going on or maybe even create a little poem. In just a few minutes your mood will suddenly be uplifted.
Goodbye cabin fever.


Sketch Class Results Herrick Lake


(Amy, Christine, Donna, Angelic, front: Alanna, Debby)

Another sketch class! Where has the time gone? Wow, how these days are flying by…holy cow!! Slow down time….slow down so we can savor every beautiful moment in nature!

This last Saturday was another successful sketch class through the MeetUp site. We decided to meet at Herrick Lake in Wheaton, IL.

This is a traveling sketch group. We visit different locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Do you think you need to be a good artist to join us? No! Not at all! First, it’s not about the final product. We DO NOT CRITIQUE our work. It’s all about getting out in nature and actually enjoying it! It’s about being with others who love nature and art as much as you do. It’s about discovering new mediums and art toys. It’s about sitting together and seeing that great blue heron fly right in front of us and getting excited together!!!
Second, there is NO such thing as bad artwork. So stop that negative thinking and get out there!!

Next, Do you think this is a girls only club? No again! (cough, cough, don’t be shy boys). Hahaha! Look at what you’re missing….


Isn’t it beautiful?!? This is Herrick Lake. Not too big of a place, but certainly striking.


We set up shop right along the edge of the water.


Nature is the stage and we are members of the audience…taking careful notes, of course! We love you, nature. ❤


Today was surprisingly cool. Cool and damp, but it did not stop us from appreciating what was before our eyes, filling our senses.


We came away with personal souvenirs…One moment in time captured in watercolor, trapped in our sketchbooks, bringing us happiness for years to come.


Here is a close up of my sketch. There were many people enjoying canoes (I wish I was one of them!!!) and I decided to do the quickest sketch I could of a family that passed by. Gotcha!

How are you enjoying the summer so far? Are you sketching it? You know, it will be gone before you know it! So, Let’s Paint Nature!!

On the Forest Floor – Morel Mushroom Watercolor


The next few posts will feature some treasures I find while hiking in the woods. Walking slow and scanning the floor with my eyes, helps me notice things amongst the leaf litter which can be in camouflage and easily overlooked.

Today’s watercolor is of a morel mushroom. This mushroom is popular with shroom heads (term of endearment, not making fun of), who religiously hunt these mushrooms down for their culinary possibilities.

The morel mushroom is also called the “May mushroom” because that’s the month you’re expected to find it and sure enough it was.


Here is a photo of the moral next to Mr. Puffy, a toy mouse who is about 3 inches long and maybe 1.5 inches wide and used for scale.

Do you see how the morel seems to disappear around last year’s dead leaves? That’s why I love to take my time when exploring in the woods. I don’t want to miss a thing!

It’s fun to take a break from landscape paintings and work on some still life for a change.