There’s a hiking trail not far from my house that I love to go to, especially in Fall.
The longest trail is about 3.1 miles and goes through a prairie, along a small lake where motor boats aren’t allowed (which keeps it clean and quiet), and through the woods. It’s actually one of my favorite local hikes!
Along the trail there are these wonderful signs with beautiful poetry printed on them.
I find them so intriguing and comforting while exploring these trails. It would be so fun to set up something like this in my own backyard!
It’s been over a month since I’ve been on the hiking trails! Life can get busy at times, and I forget to stop, take a deep breath and listen to the quiet in the woods.
It always feels good to step away from the computer, get some exercise and breath in the fresh air. Often times, I end up doing a little treasure hunt, looking for a variety of colors, shapes, textures and patterns.
It was just the mental pick-me-up I needed for a Monday afternoon! Happy hiking!
I’ve been busy working on filling up more sketchbook pages these days. I usually have several pages in progress at any given time, which is why it seems like it takes me longer to finish a single page. Too many ideas to keep up with!
I am always inspired to draw all sorts of things I find in nature – moss growing in the grass and ferns spreading across the forest floor on the trails. Sometimes I just start to doodle shapes to see where that leads. I do love to fill up a page with repeating pattern. So then I like to fill in the corners and empty spaces with a few of the swirls I love to draw.
In order to fill up more sketchbooks this year, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to draw a lot more lately. My goal is to never stop drawing! I’m hoping to develop a fun set of surface patterns/fabric designs with these illustrations, so stay tuned!
We are starting to see more and more signs of spring around here. This week we have new daffodils blooming and buds s.l.o.w.l.y. starting to open on some of our vines, shrubs and trees.
Sometimes you have to look closely to find treasures in the wild.
look – a small skull! how cool is that!
look – a mallard couple, probably stopping by to ask for directions to the nearest pond!
We finished all our spring clean-up chores, so now I’m ready to plant some spring pansies and spruce up our patio with a few flowering containers and baskets.
It’s such a fun time of year to start exploring our backyard again! You never know what treasures you’re going to find.
The fresh-cut flowers I bought earlier this week are one of the most beautiful bouquets I’ve ever bought. We’ve had clouds, rain and storms a good part of the week, so these flowers cheer me up, make me think of spring, and brighten my office with pops of color and textures.
Since I buy a new bouquet frequently (every other week), I finally remember the names of these flowers. Here we have light pink alstroemeria, purple statice, white daisies, lavender daisy mums, a light pink and fuchsia carnations, and fuchsia roses.
These bouquets include a small variety of flowers, yet offer a cheerful new palette each week, ranging from bright fuchsia, light pink, peach, lavender and purple, whites and hues of green.
Happy Friday to you! Hope you’re out enjoying Spring!
One of my latest favorite sketchbooks prompts for the year is to use my weekly bouquet of fresh-cut flowers for inspiration.
These new sketchbook pages were inspired by pom daisies, carnations, alstromeria, and roses from recent bouquets. Then I filled the page with a dramatic spray of leaves and a few of the swirls I love to draw. Next up, I plan to turn these illustrations into new surface patterns, so stay tuned!
In order to fill up more sketchbooks this year, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to sketch more lately. I’m hoping to fill up more sketchbook pages like these with flowers, leaves, flourishes, and other nature-inspired images I see out my window this spring.
A trip to the local greenhouse is always a great cure for the Winter blues and Spring fever!
I love walking through the greenhouse, soaking up all the green plants and smelling the wet soil from a recent watering.
It’s exciting to see the bright colors of pansies and other flowers starting to show up when things are still brown and gray outside.
Hope you are finding ways to get inspired these days to get through spring fever!
Here’s a lovely way to start the week: the fresh-cut flowers I bought today make me think of spring, brightening up my office with pops of color and textures.
Since I buy a new bouquet frequently (every other week), I’m getting better at remembering the names of these flowers. Here we have white alstroemeria, pale purple daisies, a lavendar purple mum, a fuchsia carnation, and more white daisies.
These bouquets include a small variety of flowers, yet offer a cheerful new palette each week, ranging from bright fuchsia, pale purples, whites and hues of green. Happy Spring!
In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I have been coming up with lots of drawing prompts. One thing I’m doing is a monthly calendar. But instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.
I’m happy to report that I completed my January calendar of doodles in the month of January.
And my February calendar is ready for a month’s worth of new ideas and new doodles!
I’m hoping to have a theme for each month’s doodles. It’s a great way to get started with my drawing projects for the day.
Trips to the greenhouse are a pick-me-up during the winter months when everything is dormant and gray outside, but they also provide inspiration for my drawing, illustration and surface pattern design projects.
Here are a few color palettes I’m working with these days using tiny plants on display at the local greenhouse.
Since I can’t bring all of them home on every visit, I try to bring home pictures to use for reference for new illustrations in my sketchbook.
My plan next is to draw these sketches digitally and turn them into a new collection of surface patterns! So fun!