Help in Troubled Times – Free Download – Labor Tree

Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels but getting nowhere? Well, if you are part of the incredibly shrinking to non-existent middle class of America, you are not alone. With the cost of taxes, education, housing, food, and healthcare on a fast rocket to mars since the 1970's it's no wonder we feel … Continue reading Help in Troubled Times – Free Download – Labor Tree

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Sketch Class Results March 2011

03-26-2011 25°F  cloudy, cold, windy We take a short hike on the White Oak Trail before we paint, even though it is terribly cold with a persistent wind, we desperately want to connect with nature. In search for Spring Beauty wildflowers we come up short, instead we find a partially frozen stream with razor-sharp shards of ice and geometric … Continue reading Sketch Class Results March 2011

Crawdad Slough Sketch

I didn't have much time today so I made a quick stop at Crawdad Slough, just to find something to sketch from inside my car in the parking lot. It sure didn't take long before my focus centered upon a tree full of character. I fell in love immediately. I like the way it was leaning … Continue reading Crawdad Slough Sketch

Alder Tree Sketch

This is a European Alder tree, Alnus glutinosa, growing along side of Lake Katherine. What caught my attention was the fruits growing near the top. From a distance, I thought they were berries however, when I inspected them up close, I found some neat looking "cone" shape fruits. This deciduous tree's fruit reminds me of … Continue reading Alder Tree Sketch

Hike at Palos Woods and Sketch

Today I took a quick hike at Palos Woods. Freezing rain? No problem! During the first five minutes of my hike I heard something wonderful...the creeking of tree limbs. What a distinct sound, created by wind, that broke the silence on this quiet winter afternoon! What fascinated me was the different tones of creekiness. Some were deep … Continue reading Hike at Palos Woods and Sketch

Guarding the Field Sketch

I did this quick sketch the other day after work and before night school. The three deciduous characters are my field guardians. They loyally stand in place to take account for all that enters the field. Who will be deemed worthy to sit on their shoulders? Perhaps a red-tailed hawk may, to seek the mouse … Continue reading Guarding the Field Sketch

Parking Lot Tree Sketch

A sketch from a parking lot? What's so wonderful about that? Nothing. Unless you make it special. What I loved about this tree is that it is crooked. I am crooked so much of the time, that I can identify with this poor tree. It will work itself out as it grows and gains experience, … Continue reading Parking Lot Tree Sketch

Cloud and Tree Sketch

Just a happy sketch of what summer should be; perfect temperatures, puffy clouds, and a healthy green tree. This sketch was completely made up. I had some extra time but was tired of the same trees I have been sketching by work...so I made this one up!  The shape of the tree reminds me of … Continue reading Cloud and Tree Sketch

High Noon Summer Sketch

Determined to complete another lunch-time sketch, I headed out the door at exactly noon and went to work! Today was a beautiful warm day. Noon can be a challenge to paint, why? Think about it, where is the sun coming from? Directly overhead it radiates, so shadows are minimal and colors are bright, almost washed … Continue reading High Noon Summer Sketch

Lunchtime Escape Sketch

If you're like me, there is no time for anything.  Sure there is time for a full time job (yuck), chores (yuck some more), and running to the bank, grocery store, gas station (yuck, yuck, yuck). Tell me, what's left? Isn't this our life? When do we get to live it? Well, I say to myself, … Continue reading Lunchtime Escape Sketch