Sketching my way through Costa Rica…

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Costa Rica has always been a destination that I’ve wanted to visit due to the amazing biodiversity of their rainforests.  Recently, Mindy Lighthipe led an art and photography tour there and I was thrilled to join her group.  Going in the middle of winter makes the contrasts even greater as it was 13 degrees F when I left Chicago.  The colors, heat, and bird songs were a balm to my spirit and I could hardly decide where to begin sketching, but I started with a gorgeous red and yellow hanging flower, and was off and running!  Below are the sketches from my unforgettable trip.  Enjoy!

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As always, there’s a mix of pleinair and work inside, both in Costa Rica and at home.  The large insects were drawn from life to the amusement of many…