Tag: palos woods

Let’s Paint Evidence of Autumn!

Look around you…this time of year you can see evidence of autumn. Look at the very tips of the trees near the top. Do you see it? Yes, just a hint of autumn. My favorite time of year. Well, I’m not going to waste…

Hike at Palos Woods and Sketch

Today I took a quick hike at Palos Woods. Freezing rain? No problem! During the first five minutes of my hike I heard something wonderful…the creeking of tree limbs. What a distinct sound, created by wind, that broke the silence on this quiet winter afternoon!…

White Oak Sketch aka I don’t Fit In Sketch

After work I stopped at the Palos Woods North and just sat in the parking lot. I stepped out of the car and pick up this tiny branch from the parking lot floor. How I love autumn leaves. This twig measures 6 inches exactly….

Let’s Paint Woodland Berries!

Cool Beans here we go, we’re about to paint the woodland berries we found at the McLaughry Spring Woods using watercolor paints!!! Step 1: In this painting we are going to paint all three berries at once. Make a rough sketch of all 3…

Woodland Berries in September

Oh BOY! I love finding berries! I also love eating berries, but only from the grocery store (blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; in order of preference) , I don’t trust my berry knowledge in the forests to eat without getting sick! Not yet anyhow. Here…

Papoose Lake Fun

Recently I stopped at Papoose Lake to have some fun. Oh what fun I did have for sure! Papoose Lake is part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves, the Sag Valley area. It’s a quiet little place were few visitors stopped by to fish…

Pioneer Woods Sketch

I was lucky enough to duck out of work a little earlier than normal. Yesssss! I love when that happens. The fist thing I did was to find a cozy spot to paint. I decided to visit Pioneer Woods , part of Chicago’s Cook County…

Let’s Paint the White Trout Lily!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there. For your present, I am going to show you how to paint a white trout lily! Here we go…. First I’ll show you my reference photo that I took in the Palos Woods, part of…

Snake in the Woods Sketch

“You’re such a snake!” Why does the idea of a snake conjure fear and evil? Could it be the story of Adam and Eve? The snake is the bad guy in that scenario, but don’t be fooled…evil can take the form of anything…good or…

Let’s Paint a Spring Wildflower!

“Oh you’re such a squill!” Try saying that to someone at work today. I did! And before they hit you say, “It means you’re a really beautiful blue spring flower!” Then run if they don’t believe you! Well, you can always show them this…