How About Those Dahlias!

Thanks to Suzanne Wegener, Carol Jean Rogalski and Mary Jo Sinclair for sharing these photos from the recent Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out at Catherine Donovan’s garden. The garden was beautiful, and how about those dahlias!  Thank you so much, Catherine, for sharing your lovely garden with the Nature Artists’ Guild.

You can click on any image to enlarge it or to start a slide show of all the images.  Enjoy!


The Private Garden of Tanner Musso, September 9, 2014

On the morning of Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 9 am until noon, Nature Artists’ Guild members will have an opportunity to paint, sketch and photograph from the private garden of Tanner Musso, 242 East 3rd Street, Hinsdale, IL.Tanner Musso's Garden

Tanner’s beautifully artistic garden includes a pond, antique planters, benches, and garden accessories, as well as trees, shrubs and flowers that line the many paths that lead to “garden rooms”. How intriguing!  You can see more photos of Tanner’s garden on her Pinterest board, “My Garden”, by clicking here.

Please contact Carol Jean Rogalski if you would like to attend.  Nature Artists’ Guild members will find Carol Jean’s contact information in their Yearbook.  This is the last “garden” paint-out of 2014 (our last paint-out of the year will take place in October at The Morton Arboretum).  Thank you, Carol Jean, for arranging the opportunities for our members to experience some of the most beautiful gardens in the area this year!

An Evening of Learning and Laughs

The 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild “Artist Trio” evening was a huge success!  Three wonderfully talented artist members of the Guild shared many of their artistic trials, tips and techniques.

Peggy McGahan shared some great new ideas for livening up watercolors, Mary Ann Jimenez showed us the fascinating art of Metalpoint, and Charlotte Doyle Leavitt created a fresh, lively watercolor collage inspired by paintings and objects from a recent seaside vacation.

Thank you, Gail Diedrichsen and Carol Jean Rogalski, for sharing these photos.

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Just Some Plain Old Fun

Yes, our Nature Artists’ Guild members create wonderful artwork, and that is definitely our focus, but a few of our activities are just for plain old fun!

  • Our annual scarecrow – On September 6, 2014, members are invited to meet at the Ginkgo Cafe at The Morton Arboretum at 10 am to plan our scarecrow contribution to The Morton Arboretum’s annual display.  Patty Koenigsaecker, scarecrow designer extraordinaire, will be heading the committee, so please contact her if you have any questions or comments.  This meeting is not for the actual construction of the scarecrow (which is not yet scheduled), but the design.  Members are invited to attend either or both of these fun scarecrow events!  You can type in “scarecrow” in the search box in the right column of this blog to find some previous creations.
  • Our annual holiday party – Check your e-mail soon for an announcement about the upcoming Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Party.  Our social chair, Irena Gintilas, is getting us started on preparations for this fun event, because believe it or not, the date will be here before we know it!  More details are available in the e-mail, as well as contact information for Irena.  This year, our celebration will feature Winter or Holiday Plants and Flowers. Let’s see what our creative members can do!

Call for Artwork from Nature Artists’ Guild Members

It’s that time again! The Nature Artists’ Guild will once again be publishing a desktop calendar featuring members’ artwork. Proceeds from sales of the calendars, which will be available at the Holiday Exhibition, help support the activities of the Guild.

2014 Nature Artists' Guild Calendar

2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Calendar

This is a great opportunity to show off your work (and can make your holiday shopping easier!). You can see the 2014 calendar here.

Guidelines will be e-mailed to members in the next week or so – Please review them before submitting your work. The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2014.

If, after reading the guidelines, you have questions about how to prepare and/or submit your work, please contact Mary Ingels (members can find her contact info in the Yearbook).


Luscious, Yes?

Photo credit Catherine Donovan

Photo credit Catherine Donovan

That was Carol Jean Rogalski’s comment about the photos she received from Catherine Donovan of Catherine’s garden.  Luscious does indeed seem to be just the right word!  On the morning of Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from about 9 am until noon, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to paint, draw, sketch and photograph in Catherine’s garden.  This large garden, located at 320 South Waiola, La Grange, IL, features a wide variety of plants, as well as the water feature.

Luscious, yes!

Please contact Carol Jean if you would like to attend.  Nature Artists’ Guild members will find her contact information in their Yearbook.

Photo credit Catherine Donovan

Photo credit Catherine Donovan

The Nature Artist Trio, Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Nature Artists’ Guild annual “Nature Artist Trio” presentation is one of our most popular and well-attended programs each year!  From 7 until 9 pm on Thursday, August 7, 2014, each of three talented artists will share tips and techniques of their unique artwork process.  This is a great opportunity for our members and visitors to learn some basics of a type of artwork they may never have tried before. Since attendees are divided into three smaller groups which rotate between presentations, it is a chance to get an up-close and often hands-on look at the techniques and materials. Each presentation is like a mini-class!

This year, we are featuring the talents of Peggy McGahan, Mary Ann Jimenez, and Charlotte Doyle Leavitt.

Peggy McGahan will be sharing some unique methods for ” adding water to colored pencil in different ways, including using water-soluble colored pencil, using water-soluble crayons, and combining water-color paints with colored pencils”.  Sounds intriguing!  You can see more of her work by clicking on this link to Peggy’s website.

From the Thorns, copyright Peggy McGahan

From the Thorns, copyright Peggy McGahan

Mary Ann Jimenez will be working with silverpoint, a fascinating type of ancient drawing which is currently experiencing a revival.   Wikipedia explains that “The initial marks of silverpoint appear grey as other metalpoints, but silverpoint lines, when exposed to air, tarnish to a warm brown tone. ”  It is a delicate and subtly beautiful form of artwork.   Mary Ann is a member of The Society of Metalpoint Artists.

Silverpoint drawing, copyright Mary Ann Jimenez

Silverpoint drawing, copyright Mary Ann Jimenez

Charlotte Doyle Leavitt is one of our most talented watercolorist members, but it appears that she will be mixing things up for this presentation, and working on collage featuring some of those watercolor images.  We are looking forward to seeing what creative techniques she has been working on!

We welcome visitors and guests to this informal and fun meeting, and it is a wonderful chance to meet and talk with some of our Nature Artists’ Guild members.  There is no charge for attendance or parking, so just let the gate attendant know you are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild meeting and you will be directed to Thornhill.