Did you know this Saturday is Earth Day? They say “Earth Day everyday,” which is kinda cliche and empty, but at the essence true. So how can we highlight special ways to create earth celebrations in your everyday life? Today I offer you an idea for honoring some of Mother Earth’s largest children, the trees! Let’s have a tree ceremony!
April is National Poetry Month, so how is your month shaping up so far? Has anyone written any poems or made any poetic observations of their natural world yet? If not, no worries! There is still plenty of time and this post will help get you started! Today we’re taking a look at shape
Happy Wonder Wednesday #55! Since it’s now officially spring, I thought you might like to make a new simple journal style so you can make a little book of spring blooms, leaves, or whatever you like! This accordion style is simple to make and doesn’t even require measuring if you use paper in a size
Do you think that we, as humans, are works in progress our whole lives? I do. I think there is always something new to learn and ways to improve ourselves. In our search for connections of all sorts in our lives, creative practices and the natural world are helpful guides. However you choose to creatively
Clear skies, crisp days, and lots of flowers! Happy second day of spring! Let’s celebrate with more early spring flower drawing videos! I’ve been posting these up on the You Tube Channel for about a week, and thought to celebrate spring it would be so nice to have them compiled here on the blog!
Fluorescent florescence is a mouthful, but it can also be really fun to use in your art! Let’s break it down and discover how you can paint spring flowers that really pop! A florescence is a flower or the process of flowering. Fluorescent is, in the world of color, a vivid color having or
Being half spring and half winter makes March a strange month weather wise. In the past week alone it seems like we’ve had all 4 seasons! I’m happy with either season, although I have a special fondness for winter, but who can resist the early spring flowers? To celebrate the early bloomers, this week
Sisu? Did I make that word up? Thank goodness not! You know those times when you surprise yourself with your own emotional, physical, or mental strength in a tough situation? In Finland that’s called sisu! Finns aren’t the only people with sisu (see-soo), by any means. They just have a culture where it’s popular
Early spring is just around the corner and that means that chickweed is about to burst in most temperate areas – if it hasn’t already! Down here it’s been going strong all winter! You may remember me touting the wonders of this plant in the Cheer for Chickweed post from a while back. This wild
With our environment under current and constant threat, biodiversity should be at the front of our minds. How are we living for clean and safe air, water, soil, and energy in little ways in our daily lives? What actions could we take to increase biodiversity in a human scale kind of way? By that I mean
In my nature journaling workshops and online classes, people often ask me how to draw or paint leaves that aren't flat. I love this question because I love to paint bent, curled, and folded leaves! Leaves are so interesting, and are a great nature journaling example of how breaking an item into it's basic shapes reveals
Mindfully, is the adjective form of mindful – conscious or aware of something. In a busy life, that can be really hard! Western culture encourages us to multi task, which seems counter intuitive to the focus needed to tap into the flow of creativity. I’ve never been great at multi tasking, how about you? Perhaps
Patience, I know I could always use more, how about you? It often seems that the things we know we need to do to help increase our patience, like exercise, meditation, and even nature time, often get pushed to the back burner of life. Sometimes, all we need is a little reminder to bring
Crystals are bits of nature magic. From snowflakes to selenite, crystalline structures come in all shapes and sizes. They sparkle, they embody esoteric properties, and they are rocks that you can actually grow! Crystals spark wonder and get the imagination flowing, so this month we are growing our own! Many crystals take a while to
Slow down, tread slowly, slow and steady wins the race… these are all phrases we hear and tell ourselves, but slowing down can be actually pretty tough to implement in a culture where bigger, more, and hurry up are frantically imposed. Whether we rush or not, snow falls, snow melts, clouds roll in and they
Sometimes, when we are in the thick of winter, it can be tricky to come up with ideas for what to paint in the nature journal. How many times can you paint evergreens, bare trees, and snow right? And speaking of snow and whites, why is using white so elusive in watercolor painting?
So how about last week’s winter storm? We got about 7 inches of snow and temps haven’t broken 15˚F in days. No biggie for y’all Canadians and Norwegians, but funny enough that shuts down the southeast states. Although I live in Florida the other 3 seasons, I grew up in Virginia and love winter & snow,
Happy New Year! Let's kick it off right, with a giveaway!! If you've ever been in a Montessori classroom, one of the first things you notice is the prepared environment. This is no accident. We teachers, spend hours upon hours carefully cultivating the environment to perfectly meet the developmental needs of the children. The environment
Art and nature are powerful sources of energy. So, I'm making sure 2017 is going to be chock full of nature connecting and inspiring art, how about you? Aspects of the foreseeable future may bring challenges, so I feel it's incredibly important to take care of our creativity, nurture our inner and outer environments, and join