Incomplete Pine Watercolor

There is something sad about this incomplete pine. Or maybe it's not sad at all, but I'm looking through sad eyes. I'm still processing the loss of a friend and I'm not going to lie, it does not get better with time. Especially when I pick up a paint brush and do the very thing … Continue reading Incomplete Pine Watercolor


Autumn Fog Watercolor

50°F Fog Sitting before the clearing open land distant autumn trees array like wallpaper. Fog descends along with my thoughts. Something about the clearing allows the thoughts to linger. A heavy idle. As darkness falls regret whispers taunting me with should have dones. Agony makes warfare. I ask the Light for help. I whisper back … Continue reading Autumn Fog 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

The Bridge – Watercolor

62°F and very breezy. Somehow you don't mind the wind when it's mild, even if strong. I could sit here for hours. After only a few minutes, to my surprise, a flock of ducks descend on the water. But these are no common mallards. What are they? They communicate with each other by "whisping"....whisp, whisp, … Continue reading The Bridge – Watercolor

Whatever is Lovely… Dwell on These Things – watercolor

In light of recent abhorrent events in the United States, one can find themselves in a state of disbelief, sorrow, confusion, and have a slew of unanswered questions. The answer to the question why, may never come. Violence never solved a thing and it never will. When current events get me down, I hear the … Continue reading Whatever is Lovely… Dwell on These Things – watercolor

Tangled Watercolor

The cemetery guaranteed a quiet visit. I parked on the side of the road and found myself under a tangled web of branches. One tree overlaps knotting and twisting, melting into the adjacent, interlaced in the air. Icy twigs clank in the brisk gust. Is it the sound of chaos? No. Look on the horizon. … Continue reading Tangled Watercolor

Melting Snow at Crabapple Lake Watercolor

Crabapple Lake Morton Arboretum Lisle, IL The midday sun did its best to melt the snow, But only the hilltops relented, exposing green of grass. Did remaining snow call in clouds for help? Thaw on pause... For now. The day before Thanksgiving my workplace closed early, giving me the opportunity to steal some sketch time. … Continue reading Melting Snow at Crabapple Lake Watercolor

Tiny Tree Frog Watercolor

A hard rain unleashed in a matter of seconds. Suddenly the ground was moving with what I thought were crickets. I bent my giant monster frame down to the ground and behold, my eyes widened like saucers when I recognized tiny tree frogs. Whooooooooooh. I'm always searching for frogs. I used to monitor them at … Continue reading Tiny Tree Frog Watercolor

Swallow Cliff South Sketch

Just as I started this sketch, an elderly couple sat at the picnic table to enjoy the surroundings of Swallow Cliff South. Talking to each other and occasionally smiling, my heart became tender. Tears started to well, but I kept my big girl pants on and held it together.... This was a future I thought … Continue reading Swallow Cliff South Sketch

St. Francis Woods Sketch

Being a hectic weekend, I couldn't get out, so these sketches are from photos of last weekend at St. Francis Woods. St. Francis Woods is a peaceful place which holds a retirement building for nuns. A highlight of the grounds is a wooded lot which runs along Hickory Creek. This is where I found a … Continue reading St. Francis Woods Sketch