Magnolia Buds Lie in Wait Watercolor

To have patience. To lie in wait. This autumn magnolia tree already has it's buds ready for next spring. Why does this happen? The tree's buds are encased in a heavy fur scale, Soft on the outside with little silver hairs and extremely hard underneath protecting the tender bud. But why are we seeing buds … Continue reading Magnolia Buds Lie in Wait Watercolor

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Rest Here Watercolor

There's something about an empty bench underneath a gorgeous, shade providing tree... I couldn't resist. Here you find rest. The birds sing for you. The leaves cover you from the scorch of the sun. Time slows down a tad. And your mind unclouds. Life goes on around you without your help as it should. It's … Continue reading Rest Here Watercolor

Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing

45°F Overcast, Fog Chorus frogs sing in the background. Heavy fog in the air. Moss covers trunks and branches so thick, it's as if spring is crawling up the trees. The wind sways low basswood branches causing them to move side to side, like the nodding of the head implying, no. Steady drizzle now. There … Continue reading Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing

For the Love of Winter Trees

Winter brings out the true character of a tree, exposing every branch, every twig. It reveals the very essence, divulges hidden secrets, and leaves you in a trance as you try to follow one branch with your eyes...from the trunk to the very tip of its tiniest twig. It's a challenging maze and no two … Continue reading For the Love of Winter Trees

Let’s Paint a Winter Storm at Night!

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!

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

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

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

Roots Exposed Watercolor

Craving some en plein air instead of painting from a picture, I headed out on what seemed a mild day. But that wind.... That deceiving wind has a way of gnawing at your bones until you say, "I give." I brought my camping chair and paints on this fraud of a warm day and headed … Continue reading Roots Exposed Watercolor

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