Tag: nature journal

October Picnic watercolor sketch

An impromptu picnic at the East Branch Off-Leash Dog Park, part of the DuPage County Forest Preserves near Chicago. I was not planning on visiting here, but our semi was being serviced a few blocks away. Taking advantage of such an unusually warm autumn… Continue Reading “October Picnic watercolor sketch”

Swallows and Striders on the Fox River Watercolor Sketch

As the river flows A flight of tree swallows swirl. Zooming up, down, sideways fast. But the water striders below, On water they twirl. Zooming front and back, side to side fast. Yesterday I had the chance to ride my bike along the Fox… Continue Reading “Swallows and Striders on the Fox River Watercolor Sketch”

Let’s Paint a Simple Summer Sketch

Let’s learn how to make a simple summer sketch for your nature journal! Yesterday I was able to get out to my favorite secret pond where I noticed tons of cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) growing along the edge of the water. Cut plant is… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint a Simple Summer Sketch”

Windy at the Lake Watercolor and Nature Journal Club

Hearty winds whip across the lake, Kayaker struggles. Seagulls hover in the air, Clouds race above. Reflections can’t form in this wind, Dragonfly skips on waves. I messed my ankle up last Monday, so I’ve been off my feet for almost a whole week.… Continue Reading “Windy at the Lake Watercolor and Nature Journal Club”

My Native Front Yard Wildlife Edition – Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

The native plants are working! Look who I found munching on some leaves…. a big juicy black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes). That means a black swallowtail butterfly must have laid an egg under the leaf of my Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) plant when I… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard Wildlife Edition – Black Swallowtail Caterpillar”

Amazing Jewelweed Watercolor

Jewelweed is one amazing plant for many reasons. First, its beauty. Jewelweed flowers look like little trumpets hanging under leaves. The one I found is pale jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), but you can also find orange jewelweed (I. capensis) which has a deeper, more vibrant… Continue Reading “Amazing Jewelweed Watercolor”

The Allure of Winter Weeds

Winter isn’t deprived of beauty. Yes, color is a little more drab but really, beauty is still all around us… you must look a little closer. Where winter is weak in color, it makes up for it in texture. There is texture to be… Continue Reading “The Allure of Winter Weeds”