We received more snow over the past week, and the mornings are quite frosty, creating the most tranquil environment to just sit still and take notice of the quiet.
Every leaf, stem, twig and branch is covered in ice crystals, making everything look like a winter wonderland. If you shook up a snowglobe, this is what it might look like in real life.
Winter in January can be so magical and peaceful!
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!
I went for a hike on Christmas Eve with my parents. It was wonderful to try out a trail new to me and so close to my parent’s house.
I was in awe that these great trails and woods are right in the city. What a reprieve and escape from the daily grind.
We saw a few tress that the beavers have been working on. I’ve never seen that before so it was a cool sight to see first-hand. Too bad we never saw any beavers though.I spotted this little bit of lichen which looked like foam – a cool find and great inspiration for a future sketchbook illustration.
The Milwaukee River was starting to freeze so it was mesmerizing to watch the ice dams flowing.
Hiking is a wonderful way to spend time on a quiet holiday. And always one of my favorite things to do, no matter what day it is. I savor these moments of solitude in the peaceful woods.
We got our first big snow storm of the winter season over the weekend, which dumped about 8-10″ of fresh snow.
It was heavy snow since it started out as rain, so I’m grateful for the new ATV with a plow on it.
I broke out my snowshoes for the first time in many years. I couldn’t even remember how to put them on!
It was great to be out there exploring without sinking into the snow.
It’s a magical, winter wonderland around here now so I’m excited for winter sports, especially hiking with my snowshoes.