The Bridge – Watercolor

62°F and very breezy. Somehow you don't mind the wind when it's mild, even if strong. I could sit here for hours. After only a few minutes, to my surprise, a flock of ducks descend on the water. But these are no common mallards. What are they? They communicate with each other by "whisping"....whisp, whisp, … Continue reading The Bridge – Watercolor

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Hidden Lake Watercolor – It is Well with My Soul

Driving home and not intending on stopping, something told me it was deeply necessary. Necessary because the world depends on it? Well, no. But rather necessary because my soul needed it. It's been a while. But I don't have time! Stop. But I'm expected home right now! Stop anyway. With art supplies in the back … Continue reading Hidden Lake Watercolor – It is Well with My Soul

Hearth in the Woods – Watercolor Sketch

In the Midwest where chill reigns for a quarter of the year, you will find a solemn hearth if you're lucky in the midst of the woods. Not every preserve has one, but when you happen to spot one, it's like a treasure. This one is located at Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville, IL. On … Continue reading Hearth in the Woods – Watercolor Sketch

Ice Fishing on Herrick Lake Watercolor Sketch

Cold weather, dark gray skies, and the occasional flurries might put many in a gloomy mood. It will force some to stay locked in their houses, giving them an excuse to watch TV for hours and hours. Then there are the adventurers.... Some extreme adventurers laugh at weather conditions, drill through ice, and sit for … Continue reading Ice Fishing on Herrick Lake Watercolor Sketch

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

Goldfinches in their Winter Wear Watercolor – Free Download

Goldfinch feathers molt into a drab olive green/brown color for winter. Many people upon seeing them assume they are looking at sparrows. Not a few believe goldfinches migrate for the winter because they no longer see that bright, brilliant yellow signature color. Not so! They're here in their inconspicuous attire still seeking thistle. In case … Continue reading Goldfinches in their Winter Wear Watercolor – Free Download

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!

Nature in November Watercolor Sketch

Green Valley Forest Preserves 32°F mostly sunny, brisk wind When my nerves become anxious and I recognize that prickly, edgy feeling in my spirit, I know it's time to distance myself from society. It's my adult time-out. One I most willingly take. I escape to a little corner of nature where I am actually alone. … Continue reading Nature in November Watercolor Sketch

Safe Space Watercolor

Weathered but strong for the moment A safe space made by man. Time and the elements will destroy But God in the heart of man, a safe space forevermore. For no force against can deploy. My watercolor was made from this picture I took at CITW of a birdhouse on the fringe of a field … Continue reading Safe Space Watercolor

Return to Retreat CITW

It is time once again. I felt it stir within, an urgency to go back. A time to retreat. As I grow, I am more in tune with my body and emotions. With the weight of work and family obligations I needed a time out. Silence is what I crave, giving me the ability to … Continue reading Return to Retreat CITW