Autumn Rain Watercolor

51°F Overcast, windy, rain. A hawk cry rings out under the heavy damp air. A red squirrel sits to peel the outer layer of a nut, unaffected by the rain. An intruder approaches... another red squirrel. This invasion results in a quick chase around the tree and an angry fast flicker of the tail. The … Continue reading Autumn Rain Watercolor

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Rain and a Glimpse of Autumn Sketch

08-28-2016 (Sun) 88°F Rain. Beautiful rain. Straight down it was...no meandering, no skewing, no divergence, no wind. Tapping on leaves in trees creates a sound as if hundreds are clapping. My spirit is clapping. I try to hear splashes in the puddles but cannot. The clapping overtakes the moment and I get lost in the … Continue reading Rain and a Glimpse of Autumn Sketch

String of Diamonds Watercolor

Did you ever hear someone groan when it started to rain? "Oh MAN!" They might sigh, "Why does it have to rain? It messes up my day. I hate rain." Oh, but the beauty! So gentle, so rare.....if you look for it. See past the sunless gray sky. See past the soggy ground. See past … Continue reading String of Diamonds Watercolor

Rainy Autumn Morning Watercolor

Raindrops pummeling onto the concrete outside my window awakens me from a deep sleep. My eyes open, but I do not want to move. This time is to be treasured. I will not let that voice which asks, "What time is it?", steal this moment. I will not let my cell phone sitting on the … Continue reading Rainy Autumn Morning Watercolor

Autumn Storm at Night Sketch

Against the blackened sky The autumn leaves illuminate while Raindrops pelt, weighing heavy, Until the struggle is no more... then A descending swirl - the last dance. Getting swept up in the season last night, I made this sketch. When my daughter came home she yelled, "I HATE THIS WEATHER!" Then slammed the door. "Funny..." … Continue reading Autumn Storm at Night Sketch

Stormy Spring Sketch

Last Friday I had the chance for a quick escape. I am always amazed at how quickly my mood can be uplifted, just by sitting for a few moments in nature. Anyway, the sky was heavy and the ground soaked from an afternoon passing storm. Sitting in the car, searching the landscape for something to … Continue reading Stormy Spring Sketch

Nature’s Jewels

2010 left with a bang...literally. The last day of the year woke me up with thunder, lovely winter lightning and thunder, how rare! As a result, when I looked out the window in the morning, every evergreen blade held a beautiful sparkling jewel. Oh, how lovely! Like diamonds glistening in the morning sun. The Christmas lights … Continue reading Nature’s Jewels

Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Today I had the chance to be at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL. It has been raining for hours, but does that make nature any less desireable? Why, of corse not! Quite the opposite actually, less people and more wildlife! I sat under shelter while sketching this scene. It took me about 45 minutes. … Continue reading Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Spinning Oak Leaves Sketch

This morning I was fascinated with the simple act of falling leaves. I had a mouth dropping discovery. Stopped at a red light, I noticed something that never really occurred to me...autumn leaves don't just fall, they spin like tops when they fall! They spin and fall and spin and fall. It was like watching poetry...for me … Continue reading Spinning Oak Leaves Sketch

Stormy Day Sketch

Why, it was just a week ago I told some friends I would give them $20 bucks if they can give me a thunderstorm! How I miss a nice rumbling thunderstorm. The kind that starts low in the distance, gently getting louder as it approaches. I do not get cabin fever in the wintertime because … Continue reading Stormy Day Sketch