About three years ago I went hiking at Bull Frog Lake, right before evening in January. I came upon a scene that made me pause for a moment and fall in love. Winter's intense setting sun was casting long shadows from the trees in the woods. Right on que it seemed, three crows in the distance began … Continue reading Let’s Paint Winter Woods!
This next step-by-step watercolor painting is completely made up. I have been under the weather for several days now, a week actually, and I just was not healthy enough to get outside. While I may be sick, I'm never too sick to pick up a paint brush...he, he, he... I did this painting last week … Continue reading Let’s Paint Autumn Trees in Cold Rain!
I'm so excited for autumn (my favorite season), that this next painting came right out of my head. OK, this one is easy for everyone, I promise! You can do this watercolor painting, no problem, just in time for the harvest too... Step 1: Make a rough sketch on watercolor paper with your pencil. This … Continue reading Let’s Paint the Harvest Moon Kitty!
Well, I fell in love with these little suckers ever since I saw them the other day. So let's paint them in watercolors before they're gone... Step 1: Start with a simple sketch in graphite. Don't worry if every shape and line is not perfect. You aren't obligated to stay in the lines....ever! This isn't work, … Continue reading Let’s Paint a White Throated Sparrow!
Oh Boy! Let's paint that sunset we saw at the Orland Grasslands a few days ago! Here we go: Here is my easel set up. I have my photo attached to the easel so it is easy to view as I am painting and I do not have to hold it. Today I am using … Continue reading Let’s Paint Orland Grassland Prairie!
One of my favorite blogs in the bloggie world is The Ohio Nature Blog by Tom Arbour. Tom (who is a fantastic photographer) was in Maine for Thanksgiving and took this awesome picture: You can read his post about this day by clicking here. Oh how I wish I could be in Maine! Aren't you … Continue reading Let’s Paint Misty Maine!
Today we are going to paint a picture of an awesome tree I spotted on one of my hikes at Starved Rock. I fell in love with this tree the minute I laid eyes on it! The root structure of this oak tree made a natural step on the trail. It has stopped the erosion … Continue reading Let’s Paint Tree Roots!
On my last nature adventure with my Mom, we spotted this cute bird's nest which was eye level on a shrub or young tree of which I have not yet identified. Not only did we discover a nest but beautiful blue berries too! Here is a picture of the actual nest: I fell in love … Continue reading Let’s Paint Autumn Nest!
Oh boy! How I love winter! It always seems that I get impatient for the next season to arrive, I start to daydream about it and then I have to paint it way before it starts! So here we go: Step 1: Here is the rough sketch on wallis pastel paper using vine charcoal. I … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Winter Landscape!
Remember the pictures of the day lit moon and autumn trees? Let's paint it! Here is a sketch of our painting. I am using vine charcoal to make a rough sketch on wallis pastel paper. Don't forget the little moon! Speaking of the moon, I used some masking fluid to protect the paper underneath to … Continue reading Let’s Paint Day Lit Moon!