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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.
Happy June, and Happy almost Summer–So glad the monarch’s are returning!
Monarch, watercolor and watercolor pencil © 2019 Michelle Kogan.
Chicago Young Women’s March, Polar Bears Protest, January © 2019 Michelle Kogan
Fall–Secure Democracy–Vote! Lady Liberty, Inktober © 2018, Michelle Kogan
Welcoming Spring …
A haiku to welcome winter …
savor warmth and light
throughout the new year,
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!
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.
beckoning monarchs return
for spring and summer
© 2016 Michelle Kogan
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…
The gardens in Chicago are in their prime and producing great varieties of diversity.
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
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.
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
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
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
Please email me if you are interested in acquiring a painting or print:
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
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
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:
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…
These are character pencil sketches for A picture book that I worked on for an
SCBWI-IL Illustrator’s workshop.
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