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!
In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’m having fun coming up with new drawing prompts, so I’ve been trying to sketch A LOT more lately. One thing I’ve been doing is a monthly doodle calendar, but instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.
For the month of September, I went with a theme centered around the woods and things you might see and find in the forest, since we usually start hiking again, now that it’s less buggy in the woods around here. It’s one of my favorite subjects to draw!
I’ve never drawn some of these little doodles before, so it was a good challenge, and I’m so happy with how this turned out! Happy drawing!
Click here to see my August doodles
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Click here to see my May doodles
Click here to see my April doodles
Click here to see my March doodles
Click here to see my February doodles
Click here to see my January doodles
We went on our first hike of Fall over the weekend! It felt great to be on the trails again, exploring the woods.
Remember that old hollow tree I love so much? It’s still toppled over.
It’s still early in the season, and we’ve had a lot of warm, sunny days lately, so we didn’t see a lot of fall colors yet.
Hope you’re out enjoying Fall too!
Remember the pictures I’ve shared over the years of this cool hollow tree on a hiking trail we love to go to?
I always love to hide inside the tree to pose for a picture.
We haven’t been on this trail for about two years, and we recently discovered that the tree collapsed. Here’s what’s left of it.
Naturally, I still had to climb inside anyway.
This old tree was such a wonder to discover in the woods and watch it decay over the years. I’m sure it provided shelter and sanctuary to many critters. Hope you’re out finding treasures in your world too.
There’s nothing like a hike in the woods to kick off the Fall season.
These woods were full of lichen, moss, mushrooms and all sorts of other hidden treasures.
When we started out on this trail, I was complaining that I never see an owl in the wild. A few minutes later we heard an owl hoot really loud! We looked for it the rest of the day, but the only wildlife we saw were blue jays and woodpeckers.
I’m looking forward to hitting this trail again soon to see some of the fall color that seems to be popping up overnight. Hope you’re enjoying some fresh air this Fall season.
We spent our Saturday doing our usual routine – hiking in the woods and enjoying lunch at a pub.
There is a beautiful nature preserve right in the middle of our city.
I have to admit, I’ve only been there a couple times in all the years I’ve lived here.
Today we hiked through a pine forest, which was just beautiful.
Besides the peace and quiet you feel in the woods, I love to treat our hikes like a treasure hunt, noticing different smells, colors and shapes.
We are always on the lookout for fungus and moss, which grows in so many cool varieties, sizes, shapes, and shades.
Surprisingly, there are still lots of fall colors to be found.
The trail was completely carpeted in a variety of leaves, from brown oak leaves to bright yellow maple leaves.
Thank goodness the sun was shining because the temperatures were cool and it was windy out there.
I wish I could bottle up that tranquility the woods give me, and carry it with me everywhere I go!
The woods are starting to look a little sparse these days, with many of the leaves fallen to the ground.
But it still feels good to be in the woods.
On a hike this time last year, my mom told me she appreciates trees when the leaves are all gone because you can see the architecture better. Such a cool way of looking at things.
I love to imagine what creatures are hiding out there, coming out only when all is quiet.
I love the earthy smells, the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet, the mystery of the hidden chirps in the undergrowth.
Even the woods are beautiful when they are bare. Hope you get a chance to soak up some fresh air this weekend too.
Another lucky Sunday spent in the woods!
This time, we decided to try a trail we haven’t been on in about 14 years, right smack in the middle of our local Arboretum.
It was just as fabulous as I remembered it, a thick woods with a heavy canopy and lots of ground cover, making for interesting scenery.
Talk about treasure hunting, in the woods, you would be amazed at what you can find!
Check out all these incredible little finds.
Always a great day when spent in the woods!
I’ve been changing courses quite a bit over the past few months, so that was my inspiration for last week’s art cards for week 32. You never know when your life might change course.
You can plan all you want, but there’s no predicting new and unanticipated directions that come up.
I’m learning the importance of being flexible and adapting to change, which made illustrating this set of cards more fun.
These cards seem a little more abstract than other illustrations I’ve done, which I like because it makes me feel like I’m not relying on being so literal.
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For week 33, I was thinking about how to fit in all of the favorite things I like to do over the course of a day, a week, or a month.
I’m trying to find space on my bookshelves to fit everything into a 24-hour day, 7-day week.
I’ve was also reflecting on a recent adventure of hiking in the woods, always a great way to spend a day.
I have lots of things going on these days… or maybe I just have too many interests… nah!