BEACH INSPIRATION FINDS

When I take walks along the beach, I'm always looking for beach inspiration finds for drawings, photos and paintings On this day, the first day of fall, I found so many.  Stones, feathers, dog prints, and even a kindred soul left some things along the way too.  The Happy Fall…

SKETCHING AT THE BEACH

Sketching at the beach is my go to place for inspiration! I live in the Great Lakes and going to the water is a constant in my life.  This day I was at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. I take minimal supplies: my sketch book, watercolors, wage…

THE ISLAND OF PUT IN BAY

Put In Bay...this summer adventure started with a ferry ride to the historic island in Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio. The island is a small historic town with year round residents and is a vacation resort destination for the area.  It is home to a national park called…

ADVENTURE: SHIPWRECK AT SOUTH MANITOU ISLAND

The Francisco Morazan shipwreck at South Manitou Island is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park on the west coast of Michigan.  The island is accessible by an hour and half boat ride on the Manitou Island Transit boat called the Mishe-Mokwa from Fishtown in Leland, Michigan. You can camp or hike…

CLIFTON GORGE HIKE

I hiked the Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs, Ohio and loved the lush green of the gorge.   The Little Miami River flows through the state park into the adjacent John Bryan State park.  As you hike along, you can hear the distant roar of the water flowing in the…