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©-M Kogan Earth Goddess Piping Plover & Lycaeides Melissa, endangered species.

Just finished this painting in time for Spring… I started it earlier this year while sketching the figure with some of my students. It features two endangered species the Piping Plover and the Lycaeides Melissa Butterfly, both of which are endangered in Illinois. I’m hoping that some warmer temps will continue to visit the Chicago area.

©-Michelle-Kogan-WIP-on-my-table-1-2014-F

We’re into the New Year now, almost the end of January, and here’s one of my  work’s in progress. I started it a while back on the outside grounds of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, in Chicago. The pencil work is my preliminary drawing and it’s drawn in with watercolor pencils. At this point most of my sketch is in and I’ll work back and forth between the watercolor paints and the pencils, and I’ll see where it goes… Check out the finished painting in my March 6, 2014 post.

_MKogan ART EAC-Expo-2013Happy Holidays!

Stop by my Etsy Shop for Nature inspired Holiday Cards, Paintings and Prints http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com

In the Chicago area you can view my paintings, prints and cards at
the Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Expo, now through Dec. 22, 2013
2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL, http://www.evanstonartcenter.org
I’ll  be at the Evanston Expo on Dec. 15th, 2 – 4 pm & Dec. 16th, 10  – 12:00 noon
Cheers!

© Michelle Kogan, Cats and Spider, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

This watercolor illustration is called Cats and Spider, Looking. It’s part of a series of 5 illustrations  that I’m presently working on.

I’m happy to invite you to my solo painting exhibit

Narratives of Nature Watercolors by Michelle Kogan 
Opening July 13th through October 13, 2013
At The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Join me for a Galley Walk where I’ll discuss my work
July 18th, Thursday 11:00 am – 12 pm
October 5th, Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

I’m also offering a Plein Air Watercolor Class for Adults and Teens
It Starts: July 20, 2013 and runs for 4 Saturday mornings
Register for 2 or all 4 sessions
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Museum Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10 am– 5 pm

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
Just of Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton
773-755-5100 http://www.naturemuseum.org

Please email me if you are interested in acquiring a painting or print:
mkogan@mdandmk.com

Michelle-Kogan-© Wildlife-Comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species, watercolor and watercolor pencil, 2013, 40 x 26 inches.

Michelle Kogan © Wildlife Comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species, 2013, watercolor and watercolor pencil,
40 x 26 inches, featured in Narratives of Nature Watercolors by Michelle Kogan.

I was asked to be the featured Illustrator in the Spotlight for January’s The Prairie Wind, the Newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of the SCBWI. My article is called Journey with an Illustrator, Painter and Writer, and below is one of the illustrations included with the article. Here’s a link to the article
 http://www.scbwi-illinois.org/pub/PrairieWind

Michelle Kogan © Sunflower     -pg-10-11-

The Evanston Art Center is starting off the New Year with a Faculty Exhibition. Below is the painting I’ve included in the exhibit.
The Exhibit runs  January 20th – February 10,  2013
With an Opening Reception Sunday January 20, 1 – 4 PM

Michelle Kogan Africa/America Conserve, watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper.

Michelle Kogan, Africa/America Conserve, watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper.

Wintery weather is creeping up on us in Chicago, so I thought I’d share with you a sneak peek at a few New Holiday Cards coming next week to my Etsy Shop:
MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com

Summer Greetings!

I’ve been teaching Plein Air Painting this summer at the Evanston Art Center and the Chicago Botanic Garden. When I teach Plein Air I work along with my students. Here’s a painting I worked on with my teen Plein Air class at the Evanston Art Center. It’s called  Sailing by Seagulls and Wildflowers on the Dunes, and I painted it with watercolor and watercolor pencils. Can you find the seagulls…

Sailing by Seagulls and Wildflowers on the Dunes.

Princesses character pencil sketches, with Photoshop blue background.

These are character pencil sketches for A  picture book that I worked on for an
SCBWI-IL Illustrator’s workshop.

Meerkats in Winter, Peace! Watercolor, watercolor pencil and Photoshop.

Happy New Year!

I started this illustration at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, it’s from their African Exhibit.  I was with my SCBWI Illustrators group. We all spread out in different parts of the zoo, did some work and then came together again at lunch to look at each others art! It was a great art morning and the meerkats were super models! And so were the beautiful small blue birds…Later in the year, around November I dropped in the starry sky.

 All art on this blog is © Michelle Kogan unless otherwise noted. View more of Michelle’s art at her website http://www.michellekogan.com

15 Responses to Home

  1. Judy Kessler says:

    Lovely work, makes me want to do watercolors.

  2. Allison Blakley Davis says:

    Michelle,
    I’m so glad to have found you on the web. I love the illusration of the giraffe and the goose in winter. It makes me wish I could write a children’s book, just to have you do the illustrations. I have no website, but if you go to my facebook page and check out the photo albums marked “Quilts” and “Quilts II” you will see some examples of the quilting work I havre done in the past five or six years. Be well. Allison

  3. Luke Dohner says:

    Very nice work ! Nice seeing you in the city of new york.

  4. Pia Drent says:

    Hi Michelle,
    You have such a clear personal style of soft and gentle watercolors, very beautiful. I enjoyed my visit here :) Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a note!
    Pia

  5. Michelle, Beautiful work. I will share your link on my facebook page. I have a number of friends that will be looking at your card shop. Jacquie http://jacquierhoades.blogspot.com/

  6. Your pictures are very sweet and dreamlike. They are very happy and magical. Beautiful works.

  7. bluelily17 says:

    Hey I just joined the SCBWI in Chicago and would love to meet with other local illustrators! Can you let me know where we meet?

  8. tig23 says:

    Hello, I’m just letting you know I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Congratulations! :)

    http://tipprblog.com/2013/04/24/sunshine-award/

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