Welcome to My Art, Poetry, and Writing Blog!

For info about Michelle’s art, poetry, and writing email her at: michellekogan@michellekogan.com
View more of Michelle’s art at her website http://www.michellekogan.com

My Drawing, Woman, Pink-spotted Hawk Moth & Moonflower, 2022, is featured in the fall exhibit:
Our Bodies, Our Health: Navigating the Wars Within and Around Us
October 13 – November 10. 2022
Koehnline Museum of Art
Oakton Community college
Des Plaines, Il

Spring Lavender, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, pen & ink and watercolor.

Happy Spring & Happy 2022 National Poetry Month!


Poetry pops up
between spring’s
buds and blooms,

between teeny-tiny,
weather-worn crevices,

and crawls into your
imagination, seeking only
your inspiration…

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

Mourning Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Bee, and Narcissus, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, watercolor. Available in my online Etsy Shop: Michelle Kogan Fine Art.

My painting above is featured in the exhibit WATERCOLOR USA 2021, at the Springfield Art Museum, in Springfield, MO. The exhibit runs through August 29, 2021.

thinking about spring
in almost february,
dreaming about spring…

©2021 Michelle Kogan

 There’s still time to see my painting, Summer Milkweed, oil on linen,in the exhibit: Plant Medicine: Multi-Species Wellness in a Global City, at the International Museum of Surgical Sciences, through November 3, 2019. 


Chicago Young Women’s March, Polar Bears Protest, January © 2019 Michelle Kogan

Lady Liberty Democracy - michelle kogan-2018-10-28-2018indd

Fall–Secure Democracy–Vote! Lady Liberty, Inktober © 2018, Michelle Kogan

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Welcoming Spring …


A haiku to welcome winter …

savor warmth and light
throughout the new year,
illuminate all!


Slipping in this almost finished, WIP watercolor, pen and brush painting for the summer, before the summer slips away …


Welcoming spring in with a backyard tulip, that’s been opening for many days!

towering tulip
stands graciously, silhouette
of spring’s renewal!

©2017 Michelle Kogan


Winter snuck up on us here in Chicago . . .  And Bear, birdie and I thought up this quick haiku to carry us through our winter months.

old man winter crept
up without a warning. quick
spread peace, joy and cheer!

© 2016 Michelle Kogan



A haiku and new painting Monarchs and Milkweed, welcome us to spring and carry us through summer.

milkweeds emerging
beckoning monarchs return
for spring and summer
©  2016 Michelle Kogan


Winter Greetings!
A tanka to welcome winter and  carry us through till spring…

sparrow, why winter
here, when you might winter
wherever you choose?
city bird, city girl,
soar together till spring…
© 2015 Michelle Kogan

Things I like about winter: quiet, snow on trees and ledges, finding sparrows and hearing their song, critters determination, slowing down, introspection, stars, skies, moons, sunshine, winter sun, red and green leaves, berries and anything still growing in a midwestern winter…


Summer Diversity 7-2015_Michelle_Kogan copy
Summer Greetings…
The gardens in Chicago are in their prime and producing great varieties of diversity.

Aurora Borealis Michelle_Kogan1 copy 2-2015An Illustration in honor of Spring, Critters, and the Aurora Borealis…


Happy Holidays!

These are  a couple of holiday art images available as holiday gift cards in my online Etsy shop: Michelle Kogan Fine Art  They are also available at the Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO. It runs through December 22, 2014, at 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL for more info on the EXPO visit: http://www.evanstonartcenter.org 

©-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.


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

© 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:

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

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

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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:


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.

40 Responses to Home

  1. Judy Kessler says:

    Lovely work, makes me want to do watercolors.

  2. Allison Blakley Davis says:

    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!

  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! 🙂


  9. Creativitism says:

    You’re amazing!

  10. Wow, so much beauty all in one post! Really impressive work, thank you for sharing!

  11. Home Page says:

    Very good choices!  

  12. How very lovely. I’m so happy you stopped by friendlyfairytales, leading me to visit all this beauty!

  13. Myra says:

    Wow your drawings are amazing! Have any ideas on how to get better at drawing. These are great book illustrations. How do you work with scanning them and digitizing them. I’m looking for the basics.

  14. Your illustrations are so wonderful dreamy and peaceful!

  15. Laura Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing your gifts, and adding color and dreams to our days! I just nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. 🙂 https://ardorsgarden.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/sunshine-blogger-award-2/

  16. Ali says:

    I love your images – the style of drawing, the colours and shapes. So much life and energy!

  17. Just amazing – beautiful art and poetry. Thank you!

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