A Very Late Spring Sketch – Papoose Lake

Oh tired and sleepy trees - wake up! It's Spring! Winter's death grip has finally loosened up in the Chicago area. Wheeeew...it's been a long one. The grass has responded  but the trees are still silent. Maybe this week of constant warm weather will liven them up? Yesterday I went to Papoose Lake because I … Continue reading A Very Late Spring Sketch – Papoose Lake

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Let’s Paint a Summer Tree!

Yesterday I visited Papoose Lake in Palos Park, IL., part of Cook County's protected Forest Preserves. I fell in love with a scene just across the lake; a water spout and an elm tree. Can you just imagine all of the peoples past, that went to this spout for relief under that beautiful old tree? It … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Summer Tree!

Let’s Paint the Blue Dasher Dragonfly!

Remember we saw the blue dasher at Papoose Lake a few weeks ago? Let's have a lot of fun by learning how to paint this dragonfly using watercolor paints... Here is our reference photo. Isn't he handsome? Step 1: Make a rough sketch on 140lb. hot press watercolor paper using graphite pencil. Step 2a: Wet … Continue reading Let’s Paint the Blue Dasher Dragonfly!

Let’s Paint the Green Frog at Papoose Lake!

Remember the little green frog we found at Papoose Lake? He's so cute! My daughter named him Bart. Bartholomew Green Frog from Papoose. Very fitting considering Saint Bartholomew's (one of the 12 Apostles) feast day is in August. Well, here we go...Let's paint the green frog in watercolors... Step 1: I made a sketch with … Continue reading Let’s Paint the Green Frog at Papoose Lake!

Papoose Fisherman Sketch

I love watching people fish. Especially the type of fishing person that reminds me of my Grandpa; elderly, gentle, and having a grand ole time for hours in solitude with nature. At Papoose Lake, I came upon such a fishing person... What a terrific sketching scene. All this gentleman needs is a pole, some bate, … Continue reading Papoose Fisherman Sketch

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 on the day I visited. Here are some highlights... Black Eye … Continue reading Papoose Lake Fun