Black squirrels are not common in Chicago. I've only seen two in my lifetime, so you can imagine how jubilant I was to find one running in my own backyard. Happy like a little child. Nature has that way about it....to make you young again when you least expect it. To catch you off guard … Continue reading Black Squirrel White Snow Watercolor
Snow is softly falling and I have the privilege to watch without interruption, to watch without keeping track of time, to watch without any obligations for the remainder of the day. For once in a long time I can be instead of do. I do not have much experience being. I am only familiar with … Continue reading Snow on Sage Watercolor
Not only are the reeds frozen, but the animal tracks are too. Frozen in time. They tell a story which I love to read when hiking in nature. I have to put the pieces together from this story... whose tracks? When were they made? Did the animal have the silver moon as a guiding light? … Continue reading Reeds Frozen in Time Watercolor
Did you ever receive an original painting or drawing as a Christmas card? If you did, how did it make you feel? I bet it made you feel extremely special. Just knowing that the person who sent it to you didn't grab a generic one from a box, but actually sat down and took the … Continue reading Let’s Paint an Easy Christmas Card! Yes you can do this!!
The Chicago area has been hit by two significant snow storms since winter started. I love snow. Not only is it soothing to watch as it descends, but it dresses the winter trees in their formal attire. How beautiful. Each and every one dazzles. So, let's paint a winter tree during an enchanted nighttime snow … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Winter Storm at Night!
Winter Music An overnight storm blankets the earth and covers each bough, each twig, But midday sun breaks snow's grip. As dollops of ice and snow slide off, Lower branches become chords to this tree harp. Various high pitched chimes ring in the frosty air. I let the crystal notes swirl. I am pine's biggest … Continue reading Merry Christmas Pine – Free Artwork
Crabapple Lake Morton Arboretum Lisle, IL The midday sun did its best to melt the snow, But only the hilltops relented, exposing green of grass. Did remaining snow call in clouds for help? Thaw on pause... For now. The day before Thanksgiving my workplace closed early, giving me the opportunity to steal some sketch time. … Continue reading Melting Snow at Crabapple Lake Watercolor
16°F with a windchill of 2°F Sunny Windy The sun paints pines with toasty colors, But does nothing to the raw wind. The steady wind numbs. And pine needles shave the ice. I love warm colors in the wintertime. You especially see it right before or during sunset... the sun casts yellow, orange, and pinks … Continue reading Frigid Sun Kissed Pines Watercolor Sketch
Snow covers and mutes evening. Hush at dusk. Just when colors awake. Have you ever noticed that colors in the landscape come alive just before dark? Or how quiet it gets right after it snows? Oh the JOYS of winter! I never outgrew the magic of winter as a kid and I never want to … Continue reading Snowy Winter Tree
We have traveled together on this journey called life. Sometimes it's joyous, sometimes it's scary, for nobody has answers in their pocket. We take one day at a time and observe. We grow, move towards that which builds us, edifies us, and makes us wise. We veer clear of things that harm, that hurt. I … Continue reading To Give Life – Free Artwork – Merry Christmas