Tag: painting

Each Tree for a Comfort

When I am melancholy, I paint a tree. When I am sad, I paint a tree. And when I’m longing, I paint a tree. I find myself painting them even when happy and content. They always seem to give me comfort. They’re my go… Continue Reading “Each Tree for a Comfort”

Spring Sketch at Willoway Brook -watercolor and video

I would say that springtime in the Chicagoland area has been phenomenal this year. Around here, we usually go from winter directly into summer. Or spring teases us with a few nice days, then we’re bombarded with humid, hot weather. Not so for 2021.… Continue Reading “Spring Sketch at Willoway Brook -watercolor and video”

A Polyphemus Came to My House One Day

One day when I least expected it, I had a visitor from nature. I was sitting on the floor of my porch when I looked over to the siding on the house and noticed a giant, juicy, green caterpillar. Upon closer inspection I discovered… Continue Reading “A Polyphemus Came to My House One Day”

Lake Katherine Pine Watercolor

Even the pine reaches for the light. When I go to a location with sketching supplies in hand, how do I decide on a subject to sketch? I begin to walk…looking for something to speak to me. Something in nature has to reach out,… Continue Reading “Lake Katherine Pine Watercolor”

American White Pelican Watercolor

Was I seeing correctly? Was that a pelican on the water? A few days ago, on a spur, I drove out to Rock Run Rookery by myself. I’ve been there once before with ornithologists on a bird outing. It’s fun to listen to bird… Continue Reading “American White Pelican Watercolor”

Turtle Without Time Watercolor

Ahhhh…To live like this one…basking in the sun without mind of time. There’s no room for a watch on his stubby little leg. He sees no second hand, therefore ticking cannot be heard in his ears. It is such a healthy state to be… Continue Reading “Turtle Without Time Watercolor”

Chipmunk Feast Watercolor

The rain hits my window and I give it my full attention. It does not come in a rude, forceful manor, Rather humbly, as soft as it can. Like a missionary quietly in the background, Who doesn’t want credit, Who doesn’t want accolades. I… Continue Reading “Chipmunk Feast Watercolor”

Amber Jelly Roll in the Snow Watercolor

My hikes never cease to provide surprises, even some half buried in the snow. On this cold winter day I found amber jelly rolls. Amber jelly roll (Exidia recisa), is a fungus that grows on downed twigs and limbs. Beautiful blobs of jelly they… Continue Reading “Amber Jelly Roll in the Snow Watercolor”

Let’s Paint Christmas Birch Watercolor!

The setting sun beckoned my company for one last moment. The clouds declared a mood, consecrating these last seconds. I was ordained a devotee. Such was my walk at dusk. This painting was inspired by a gorgeous sunset just the other day. You would… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint Christmas Birch Watercolor!”

Before the Snow Autumn Tree Watercolor

Today this tree is covered in white. It looks nothing like this painting. Perhaps there are a few less leaves as well after a gusty winter storm arrived in Chicago yesterday. It is perceived differently today than it was when it was not dressed… Continue Reading “Before the Snow Autumn Tree Watercolor”