Poetry Friday–Nature Poems, Dad’s Day Card & Summer Art Classes

Happy Poetry Friday!

Come on in and sit for a spell, kick back and soak in some traces of summer, some poetry and art…

Prairies dainty petals dance, © 2022 Michelle Kogan

beach walk blooms…
prairie’s dainty petals dance
in nature kissed winds.

Three seagulls brunch by shore, © 2022 Michelle Kogan

brunch by the shore—
wind, wave, wings, wonder,
all senses inspired.

Dabs of light lilac and lemony-sun-sap green, © 2022 Michelle Kogan

City softly rests,
prairie paints itself with
dabs of light lilac
in late spring’s sand-sea of
lemony-sun-sap green.

All poems © 2022 Michelle Kogan


Evergreen Hedge Dad’s Day Card, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, pen & ink and digitally colored.

Father’s Day is just around the corner…
Above is a new Dad’s Day Card available in my online Etsy Shop

Whooping Crane and Ducks, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, watercolor & watercolor pencil.

Get your creative juices flowing,
Come join one of my
Summer Art Classes
Starting the week of June 13, 2022
I’m offering both In-person and Online classes
at the Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL
All classes meet 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
For more Info & To Register online click on the link for class below
or call 847-475-5300

Online: Monday – Figure and Nature Drawing and Painting Starts June 13, 2022


In-person: Tuesday – Watercolors Materials and Techniques Starts June 14, 2022
Tuesday – Watercolors Materials and Techniques Starts July 26, 2022
Wednesday – Children’s Picture Book Illustration Starts June 15, 2022
Friday – Pen and Ink and Watercolor Starts June 17, 2022
Friday – Pen and Ink and Watercolor Starts July 29, 2022

Workshops: Saturday –Poetry & Art Workshop June 18th & June 25th, 2022
Saturday –Plein Air in the City Workshop July 23rd, July 30th, and August 6, 2022
Saturday –Plein Air in the City Workshop August 13th and August 20th, 2022

For more poetry visit Karen Edmisten at her blog by this same name. Karen’s hosting our Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Karen!


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 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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–Nature Poems, Dad’s Day Card & Summer Art Classes

  1. lindabaie says:

    Love each part, Michelle, and the delight of ‘brunch by the shore’! Thanks for all the beauty!

  2. jama says:

    What a lovely post! A welcome respite from all the madness. Esp. love the whooping crane and ducks painting. 🙂

  3. janicescully says:

    This post is a breath of fresh air. I especially love the motion you captured in your sea gull photo. It’s magnificent. And “Lemony-sun-sap green.”

  4. Linda says:

    Gorgeous photos and poems!

  5. What a gift you have, Michelle! I live in the desert and the mountains, so it’s a treat to see a wild shoreline.

  6. Thanks for sharing! These are lovely.

  7. katswhiskers says:

    This is such a restful post, Michelle. So lovely. I especially liked your seagull snap. And I adore your ‘City softly rests’ poem; such delicate language. And your whooping crane! Lovely! Thank-you for sharing your rich and varied talents with us.

  8. maryleehahn says:

    It’s fun to see your photos along with your poems! I love that dad’s day evergreen hedge.

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, this is an awesome invitation to enjoy summer! I love every part of your post: photographs, poems, drawings, and your Etsy shop. Good luck with all your classes. They sound marvelous. Save some of these summer image poems for my summer gallery. Still trying to get my Poetryliscious gallery completed but having issues with my eyes so everything is slow going. I highlighted your offering for the gallery at my PF post.

  10. Linda Mitchell says:

    What a experience to come to this page online and experience the sun and flowers — sun-sap green just might be my new favorite color!

  11. Bridget Magee says:

    Thanks for the poetic walk along the shore, Michelle. I can almost hear the seagull’s enthusiasm via your photo/poem!

  12. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Michelle, thank you for taking me to the beach and prairie! I needed these journeys. Your whooping crane and duck card is colorful and beautiful! I love all of your poems especially your first haiku! I love all the lines in your second haiku, too! What a great metaphor “lunch by the shore” is. In your last poem I love all the sounds of your alliteration. consonance, and assonance make. My favorite lines in this poem are “prairie paints itself with/dabs of light lilac” and “lemony-sun-sap green”. Thank you for all of your treats in this post and your inspiration! Have fun with your summer classes. For eleven summers, I taught summer enrichment classes in poetry and reading to 1st-5th graders, and I miss it. During the summer of 2020, they had online classes and now they have mostly sport classes. I used to have my students illustrate their final drafts of their poems and they we made a book of them with yarn and staples. I had so many great crafty and art stuff for them to illustrate with. We had a lot of fun!

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