Waterfall Glen in Watercolor Pencils

The air is heavy with humidity, the sun hot on your skin, but the rushing sound of water provides a cool comfort as if there's relief within touch. And there is. The heat did not seem to bother the monarchs flitting in between the leaves of the tree next to the falls. Their wings so … Continue reading Waterfall Glen in Watercolor Pencils

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Male and Female Common Goldeneye Watercolor

Yesterday I went on a birding adventure at Red Oaks Nature Center with the DuPage Birding Club. Red Oaks is located adjacent to the Fox River and has an observatory deck right over the river, perfect for viewing waterfowl and migrating birds. When birding, it is helpful to go with a group of knowledgeable people … Continue reading Male and Female Common Goldeneye Watercolor

Quick! Downy or Hairy?

If you're lucky enough to live in an area where you have both downy and hairy woodpeckers, you may be hiking in the woods and see one of them. They look identical except for the fact that one is small and one is large. But how can you quickly tell who is who if they … Continue reading Quick! Downy or Hairy?

Reeds Frozen in Time Watercolor

Not only are the reeds frozen, but the animal tracks are too. Frozen in time. They tell a story which I love to read when hiking in nature. I have to put the pieces together from this story... whose tracks? When were they made? Did the animal have the silver moon as a guiding light? … Continue reading Reeds Frozen in Time Watercolor

December Tree Overlooks Snow Crested Bank Watercolor

Let's go hiking and painting at Churchill Woods. Come on... I'll bring Oscar Mayer the dog and you bring yourself! It will be fun. When Oscar Mayer stops to do his business, I stop to notice nature up close. Here we have lichen growing among moss on tree bark. Very delicate and very beautiful. Delicate? … Continue reading December Tree Overlooks Snow Crested Bank Watercolor

Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun Watercolor

Setting Sun Mild 59°F As the sun sets it casts an amber glow to everything it touches. The dried grasses blaze and pine boughs glisten. A radiant moment indeed. Friday I caught this moment and simplified it. Instead of painting every single thing in my view/picture, I painted what was necessary to capture the mood … Continue reading Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun Watercolor

All Things Tiny Watercolor

93°F Hot Humid Journal Notes: I found a bench in the shade and it's ALL MINE. I claim it. A healthy breeze keeps me comfortable, despite the heat. A charm of American goldfinches keeps my spirits exceptionally high as I notice their hilly flight pattern above my head. Suddenly, a blasting car horn in the … Continue reading All Things Tiny Watercolor

Forest Floor Mushrooms Watercolor Sketch

I have a choice. I can let worry hijack my thoughts or I can just say, no, to them. It's an epiphany. What I find helpful is to journal about the worry and or anxiety, let it all out. And by journaling, I mean hand writing...analog not digital. Why? Because the thought travels from your … Continue reading Forest Floor Mushrooms Watercolor Sketch

Hearth in the Woods – Watercolor Sketch

In the Midwest where chill reigns for a quarter of the year, you will find a solemn hearth if you're lucky in the midst of the woods. Not every preserve has one, but when you happen to spot one, it's like a treasure. This one is located at Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville, IL. On … Continue reading Hearth in the Woods – Watercolor Sketch

Nature in November Watercolor Sketch

Green Valley Forest Preserves 32°F mostly sunny, brisk wind When my nerves become anxious and I recognize that prickly, edgy feeling in my spirit, I know it's time to distance myself from society. It's my adult time-out. One I most willingly take. I escape to a little corner of nature where I am actually alone. … Continue reading Nature in November Watercolor Sketch