I don’t go hiking on the trails too often in summer because it can get pretty buggy (mosquitoes love me!) and muggy with our warm, humid summery days. Our weather has been all over the place lately, from temperatures in the 60s and breezy to 90s with a heat index. We’ve had a few nice weekends of low humidity and temps in the 70s to low 80s, so I’ve been able to spend time on the hiking trails the past couple weekends.
I love noticing all the sweet little flowers (er, maybe weeds) along the trail. They look dainty and fragile but they are usually vibrant and hardy.
I’ve also been noticing the bluest skies lately which means low humidity or haze in the atmosphere.
I’m still working from home for a little while longer, which is great but feels like too much time in front of computer screens, so I’ve been trying to soak up more fresh air, wide open spaces and time on the trails or in the woods.
Hope you are taking the time to pause or slow down, get out there and enjoy lovely summer days!
I illustrated this sketchbook page “Nature is new every morning” a few years ago and it still remains one of my favorite illustrations. It’s so fitting for spring when everything in nature is new and exploding with life, from the grass getting greener to the bulbs peaking up through the ground to the birds returning to the backyard, busy catching up with each other and foraging for nest materials and the best seeds and bugs.
So much inspiration as the seasons change, and never enough time to keep up with all my illustration ideas!
The month of May where I live is one of my favorite times of year. Spring is in full swing, my yard is coming back to life with a vengeance, lots of birds are busy at the bird feeders and bird bath and I can open the windows when the weather teases of summer.
The birds have been loving the new birdbath.
I’ve never seen so many goldfinches in my backyard which has been a wonderful treat.
Sometimes the birds are on the move and I have to take a quick photo through a dirty window, like this bluejay right outside the kitchen.
Other times I get lucky and notice a cardinal hanging out in the tree above me while I’m standing in the backyard on a break from working from home.
So many wonderful reasons to be out in nature, watching the wildlife in my backyard and soaking up the wonder and magic of Spring!
I recently painted these thumbnail illustrations with Earth Day in mind. This is the 51st anniversary!
The themes for my inspiration were protect (forests and oceans), energy (water and solar), biodiversity (butterflies), reduce and reuse (green), voice (water, which is one of my favorite things in life) and the Planet Earth. I think these designs would make fun stickers!
Last year I illustrated this page in my sketchbook, which could be a fun t-shirt design.
A few years ago I designed an infographic poster to show the migration of monarch butterflies in an effort to educate and create awareness about the fragility of butterflies.
I would love to create more Earth Day-themed art for my portfolio. And I’m always looking for more ways to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. How do you recognize and celebrate Earth Day?
It’s been sooo cold around here lately that I haven’t been able to get out for some wintery walks in the neighborhood or on the trails. It’s minus 5 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like minus 25!
I have been noticing bright spots out my windows lately.
Still a joy to be able to continue working from home these days so I can soak these quiet little moments in my own backyard.