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
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!
Do you feel like sometimes you just need a little encouragement to get through the day? Me too. When I'm in nature, all I need to do is sit in creation and soak it in. During that time, my charge cord is plugged in and within a matter of minutes I'm full. Look what scripture … Continue reading Encouraging Watercolor Giveaway
12-14-14 48°F cloud and mist When cloud and mist subtract vivid color, and strips loudness from the landscape, A submissive hush befalls. Nature takes notice. Dried goldenrod, past its prime, quakes tenderly in the silence. A strange tree stands alone. His poetry comes to life. As daylight slips away from my grasp, I bargain, but … Continue reading Hidden Lake and a Strange Tree Sketch
An inviting bench next to a lonely tree...I accept. still gentle calm by a frozen snow topped lake the trees don't make a sound... contemplating their position recognizing that this again is winter... Now that winter has stripped the leaves clean it's time to really study the character and structure of trees. What makes them … Continue reading Lake Marmo Winter Tree Watercolor Sketch
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
Every time I begin a painting I ask myself, "What feeling are you trying to portray?" Do you remember the first time a chickadee surprised you on a tree branch? That instant feeling of delight? I want to capture that feeling and express it through the medium of watercolors or pastels. Or how about the cold blowing snows in … Continue reading Winter Tree Watercolors Plus Sound
The most magical time in winter is when the sky is darker than the snow on the ground in the middle of the day. Yessss. I love it. I love looking at snowy rooftops against a gray sky as well. I remember as a kid looking out the window on late afternoons in December at a snow saturated dark … Continue reading Winter Gray Fun Sketch
One of the most beautiful structure in nature is the skeleton of a winter tree. It is only after the leaves have all disappeared that one can appreciate its unique form. But doesn't the tree's leaf tell its character? Not really, I don't think so. So let's have fun by painting a winter tree with watercolors and … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Winter Tree!
When I saw this scene I had to say..."Whoa!" And take a picture of course! This picture was taken at Centennial Park in Orland Park, IL. The lake at centennial acts like a mirror reflecting a powerful setting sun on a minimal windy day. How awesome is our planet and temporary home. This will most definitely be … Continue reading Sunset to Live For