Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch

On the advice of a Dove Candy wrapper (sea salt caramel & dark chocolate), I got lost on purpose.... Swallows dance above Crabapple Lake. Even though it is an overcast day, I can still see their shadow on the surface of the lake as they swoop within an inch of the water. The wind pushes … Continue reading Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch

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Difference Between Hahnemühle Watercolor Blocks Review

I was very fortunate to receive watercolor block samples from Hahnemühle USA out of Crystal Lake, IL, so that I can review them and inform my fellow watercolor artist friends how they preform. That's you! What are watercolor blocks? Watercolor blocks are watercolor sheets, bound together as a block. The sides of the block has … Continue reading Difference Between Hahnemühle Watercolor Blocks Review

30 Minute Quick Watercolor Sketch Churchill Woods

Just above the water, swallows chase each other under the bridge. A Baltimore Oriole makes a quick appearance, then disappears into a sea of green. The wind is strong, but the temperature is warm and a rush sounds in between the leaves. I sit and make a quick sketch. Simple color and simple shapes. I … Continue reading 30 Minute Quick Watercolor Sketch Churchill Woods

Summer Vitality Watercolor

I'm having a difficult time feeling as alive as summer does. That's as honest as the sun is hot. I sit in amazement watching bright yellow American Goldfinches flit from purple thistle to purple thistle, always singing a cheery tune. I notice insects scampering with excitement. Butterflies flutter in a swirling dance. I see fish … Continue reading Summer Vitality Watercolor

Sultry Summer Sketch

With a burning 93 degree hot sun on hot skin turning red, shelter was a must. Without it this sketch would not exist. Funny how the swallows don't mind the heat as they zigzag above the water. Nor do the egrets mind  standing under the blazing furnace on their mounds. Crickets still chirp. Cicadas still … Continue reading Sultry Summer Sketch

Scrawny Pine Watercolor Sketch

The section of park that grows wild and free gets my attention. Meandering through the field, I'm delighted by a strong sweet fragrance. The highway noise in the background is still prevalent...it is only one mile away you see, but that's okay, I can tune it out. I can leave that concrete jungle behind and … Continue reading Scrawny Pine Watercolor Sketch

Garden Flowers Sketch

The blessings of summer are abundant! It is just a few weeks away until the first day of summer and I am already enjoying  full blooms in the garden. How lucky I am to walk in my own backyard and reap the benefits. Truly grateful, I do not consider it a small matter. Here are a few carpet flower stems … Continue reading Garden Flowers Sketch

Storm Over Orland Grasslands

Check out the gorgeous site at the Orland Grasslands this morning... Holy cow! What excitement! What beauty!!! I wonder what type of cloud this is?  The weather was not threatening enough for a wall cloud or shelf cloud, actually this was at the end of a passing system. I'm all over this picture as a … Continue reading Storm Over Orland Grasslands

Storm Coming Sketch before Night

After a warm day, evening enters bringing with it curious forms. Clouds gather allowing only slight peep holes for the setting sun. What do they intend? A brewing storm? I shall only be so lucky. This was the scene in my backyard at 8pm under promising clouds with a balmy temperature of 75°F. Sketching clouds … Continue reading Storm Coming Sketch before Night

Let’s Hike at the Orland Grasslands

Oh boy! Let's go for a walk at the Orland Grasslands, part of Chicago's Cook County Forest Preserves. I wonder what we will find... This day was overcast, warm and humid. One great thing about an overcast day is that all of the colors seem to pop out. Green grass is greener and wildflowers are … Continue reading Let’s Hike at the Orland Grasslands