Tag: hiking

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… 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… 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”