Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Hospice Gardens

Sketchbook Journal - After my husband gave blood yesterday, we had a lovely lunch at Our Crepes and More, and spent a bit of time at the Hospice Gardens. A lovely 'date day' ....


Friday, April 9, 2021

Mesmerized by fungi

There is a lot to say about fungi. They are slow, determined decomposers and complex creatures. What we see is only the fruit, all the rest is hidden. They come in all shapes and colours. They can kill or nourish us. This particular one- Auricularia mesenterica- was decorating with colourful frills a chunk of decaying wood, something that was, time ago, a lovely oak. Transformation is the mantra in nature, nothing ever dies forever. It only changes in something else.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Journal - Goose Creek State Park

Journal - Goose Creek State Park - Lots of rain..this is the view from our RV site and  kitchen window across the field toward the cottages and bathhouse ...


Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Winter sunshine is so welcome and this vignette seen in the woods last Saturday caught my eye and became the inspiration for a piece of textile art.

I've written a complete blog about how I put the picture together so do go and have a look at


Monday, November 16, 2020

Journal - Mushrooms

Journal - After the Rain - Mushrooms. With all the rain we've had, the mushrooms in our sideyard are have a heyday .... Here are a few...



I seem to have neglected this site for a few months so here is one of the sketches from my current nature sketchbook, coloured pencil drawings of some twigs gathered on our walk down the lane.
Have you noticed that they all have the same word ending?


Monday, October 12, 2020

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in October--Vickie Henderson

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are striking birds, especially the males with their black and white markings mixed with a splash of rose on their breasts.  They visit Tennessee mostly during migration in both spring and fall. The exciting thing about fall is the juveniles are still changing their "paint".  

Like birdy watercolors, each one is unique as their feathers morph from juvenile brown to the brightly colored markings of an adult.  Not a single two of them are alike!  The sketch above was created after observing my feeders for about an hour on my porch.  In the rain!  Full of fun surprises, including a shy juvenile grosbeak.  Being still in nature observing brings so much wonder and inspiration. Naturally that makes me want to sketch and paint!

Visit my blog post:  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Hairy Woodpecker at Vickie Henderson Art.