Lesser Scaup Watercolor Sketch

While at Lake Katherine a while ago, I noticed some ducks that looked like loons from far away. I knew they weren't loons, so I took a picture intending on looking it up later. Wouldn't you know it, my memory card was NOT in my camera and since the cord is long gone...getting that picture … Continue reading Lesser Scaup Watercolor Sketch

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Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine March 2013

We gather to cleanse ourselves from a stressful week by sketching nature. To be fully present in this moment, under the sun, in full view of the wildlife, and to slowly breath in the crisp air, is no small event. These few hours are precious as we collect the images of this day in our … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine March 2013

Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine

Saturday morning was a bit brisk, but that didn't stop this nature loving crowd (Alanna, Katie, Tommy),  from hiking on this frosty autumn morning at Lake Katherine! I'm so glad I started this group, it will help bring me back to sketching on a regular base, while gathering with friends. We took a hike around … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Lake Katherine

Autumn Winds Sketch

The wind, being an advocate for winter, wants to strip the autumn trees clean. I the observer, while appreciating the forces of nature, want to retard this process. My power? Watercolors. I cannot bribe one leaf back on a branch, but I can record this day and the brilliant colors left...even if for only a while. That's … Continue reading Autumn Winds Sketch

Nature at Lake Katherine Sketch

flora and fauna lake katherine sketchDo you want to go on a virtual field trip with me to Lake Katherine?!? Fascinating nature is ooozing from every corner this time of year and we're loving every inch of it! First, we'll start in the garden. Black-eyed Susans, Purple cone flower, and ornamental grasses surround the butterfly sculpture. And who enjoys … Continue reading Nature at Lake Katherine Sketch

Lake Kathrine Spring Sketch

Lake Kathrine Spring watercolor sketchTender. Tender is the color of spring. Tender is the touch of the gentle breeze on my cheek. Tender are the babies which are born. Tender are the blossoms: pink, white, and blue.   Do you know what's not tender in spring? Males protecting their territories! No tender, gentleness there. Yesterday I … Continue reading Lake Kathrine Spring Sketch

Snow Flurry Sketch

Not feeling well, but desperately wanting to sketch, I stopped by Lake Katherine to do a quick one while sitting in my car.  The snow was falling at different rates; sometimes slow and then all of a sudden quick and hurried, just to return to a quiet, slower pace. I love snow. Try watching snow fall while … Continue reading Snow Flurry Sketch

Alder Tree Sketch

This is a European Alder tree, Alnus glutinosa, growing along side of Lake Katherine. What caught my attention was the fruits growing near the top. From a distance, I thought they were berries however, when I inspected them up close, I found some neat looking "cone" shape fruits. This deciduous tree's fruit reminds me of … Continue reading Alder Tree Sketch

Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Today I had the chance to be at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL. It has been raining for hours, but does that make nature any less desireable? Why, of corse not! Quite the opposite actually, less people and more wildlife! I sat under shelter while sketching this scene. It took me about 45 minutes. … Continue reading Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Lake Katherine and Heron Sketch

I try to take my sketching supplies where ever I go. I have a canvas bag that I keep in the car. I don't always have time, nor do I feel like painting everyday, but it's there just in case. On a quick visit to Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, I felt the need... I … Continue reading Lake Katherine and Heron Sketch