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.
I went through my photo library from 2020 to find good moments, and there were a lot considering it was a tough year.
I filled up a lot of sketchbooks and made a lot of art. If I had to pick some of my favorite illustrations from this past year, I would choose these top nine:
Looking back through my sketchbook art, I wish I made more art! Ha, I know I’m being hard on myself.
I’m also illustrating a children’s picture book for an author, which would go on my list of favorites but I can’t show any of those yet.
I took a lot of pictures of the birds in my backyard and the squirrel shenanigans. If I had to pick some of my favorite nature photography of backyard critters and birds from this past year (with a couple from my trip to Florida in March), I would choose these top nine:
I am so grateful I got to travel to Naples, Florida before the world shutdown. I also got to spend time at my parents’ lake house on Lake Michigan in Door County, visit my sister in Nashville, and go on a few adventures close to home. If I had to pick some of my favorite adventures from this past year, I would choose these top nine:
The year 2020 was a really tough year so I’m happy to have found so many good moments that made me happy. Cheers to 2021!