Tag: hiking

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading “Nature in November Watercolor Sketch”

Return to Retreat CITW

It is time once again. I felt it stir within, an urgency to go back. A time to retreat. As I grow, I am more in tune with my body and emotions. With the weight of work and family obligations I needed a time… Continue Reading “Return to Retreat CITW”

Rice Lake at Danada Forest Preserves Watercolor Sketch

As the leaves blow by and the air turns slightly cooler, I know it’s a race against time. Autumn is here and it doesn’t like to linger. So I’m trying to get out as much as possible. Last Saturday I had the chance to… Continue Reading “Rice Lake at Danada Forest Preserves Watercolor Sketch”

Fern Moss and Shelf Mushroom Watercolor

45°F cold rain I am wearing my rain gear with layers of clothing bundled underneath as I walk on a grassy trail laced with mud. I don’t mind the mud nor do I mind the cold drizzle on my face. In a lifetime of… Continue Reading “Fern Moss and Shelf Mushroom Watercolor”

Roots Exposed Watercolor

Craving some en plein air instead of painting from a picture, I headed out on what seemed a mild day. But that wind…. That deceiving wind has a way of gnawing at your bones until you say, “I give.” I brought my camping chair… Continue Reading “Roots Exposed Watercolor”

Stormy Welcome, CITW Part 2

Arriving on the first day, I was greeted by a gentle storm. I love storms. I love the excitement and the unknown. The mood is a little more reverent. There is a certain amount of waiting involved…watching the sky, listening, pausing. So I was… Continue Reading “Stormy Welcome, CITW Part 2”