Poetry Friday–Plein Air & Poetry Swap


Early Summer Garden,WIP,  © Michelle Kogan, brown pen and brush with watercolor.


Happy Poetry Friday


I’m participating in a Plein Air event this Sunday, July 8, 2018

The 9th Annual
Brush with Nature
at the

Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel Ave, Skokie, IL 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you are in the neighborhood drop by and say hello.
The Nature Center is also offering a pancake breakfast (for a fee) but I won’t be indulging there as I will be busy with my brush …

Michelle-Kogan-Wildlife-Comes Detail medow lark 7-2018

Here’s a plein air ditty to wet your appetite … 


Plein airing in the park
by the bay, by a lark–

Put up your easel,
pick up your brush–

Your natural muse,

     Nature …

           With her vibrant views.

                                                                     © Michelle Kogan
Image above: detail from Wildlife Comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species, pictured here the Eastern Meadow Lark, © 2018 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil archival
print and cards available in my Etsy Shop: Michelle Kogan Fine Art 

Drum roll please …

I’m happy to share with you these lovely poems and bookmark that I received from Donna JT Smith for the poetry swap. What fun this package was to open–Thank you Donna, I’m loving all here, and will enjoy using the bookmark!



you need 
to mark
your spot!

© 2018 Donna JT Smith

 in the old leaves
of fall

Bunnies huddle,
  new noses
Waiting to wander
  in the fresh 

© 2018 Donna JT Smith

Patricia Stohr-Hunt at her blog The Miss Rumphius Effect is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Pat! Stop by her blog for more poetry offerings.


About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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14 Responses to Poetry Friday–Plein Air & Poetry Swap

  1. Love your painting, Michelle. Also Donna’s bookmark and poem are adorable.

  2. lindabaie says:

    I love your painting, too, and all things bunnies. I’ve seen some new little ones hopping around recently. Donna’s gifts are wonderful!

  3. Awwwwwwww what is it about a bunny that just melts me? What a delightful poem….that could maybe even be an inspiration for a plein air painting, perhaps? Isn’t swapping poetry so much fun? I love a chance to play with other creatives! Happy Poetry Friday.

  4. Tabatha says:

    Love Donna’s bookmarks! How cute are they??
    I associate plein air painting with James Gurney because he writes about it so often. Are you familiar with him? He’s a really nice human (http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/search/label/Plein%20Air%20Painting). Have fun!

  5. You’ve convinced me that I need to attend one of the en plein air events I keep seeing cropping up in my area. What a lovely way to spend a summer day! I loved seeing your treasures from Donna. I’m working on her package now! 😉

  6. mbhmaine says:

    Your plein air event sounds wonderful–I’ll have to see if there is anything similar going on in my neck of the woods. I love how nature inspires you and how beautifully you capture her “vibrant views.” Donna’s bunny bookmark is too cute and the poem with its quivering anticipation is also a delight. Great post!

  7. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Wow! There is so much to love from your paintings (hope you had beautiful weather for the plein air painting) and and verse to those bookmarks from Donna. Those are lovely bunny verses to keep you place.

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