Happiness is something we always want. Increase your nature connections and joy by savoring with Professor Laurie Santos and Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

Nature, Happiness, and Savoring: the Work of Laurie Santos

  Happiness. It’s constantly touted to us as something we all want to have all the time – and often as something that if we don’t have it, something is wrong with us. Well, life is a balance of dualities right? And we can’t have one side without the other. Without sadness, anger, frustration, and so

Make an Action Inspiration Jar - with PDF!

Wonder Wednesday 85: Make an Action Inspiration Jar – with PDF!

  Happy autumnal equinox week! This month’s exploration of the sublime aspects of nature and the recent hurricanes can lead us far from action and instead to wanting  to run and hide under the covers from all things nature – and that is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a real thing called ecophobia and if

Beauty is in replanting and rebuilding together. Click to learn more about building community around sublime frightening nature and the climate crisis, and directly support the Bahamas relief effort with Wings, Worms, and Wonder..

Beyond Hurricane Dorian: Sublime Connections

  “We are experiencing sublime conditions of horror, you know?” ~Erica Moiah James, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, founding director and chief curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. (citation) In light of the past week, this quote, and last month’s blog series

See the sublime beauty of severe weather the Wings, Worms, and Wonder way! Click to get your Wonder Wednesday activity recipe for tasty nature danger fun!

Wonder Wednesday 84: Sublime Snacking – A fun recipe for when nature gets scary

What did you think about Schopenhauer’s Sublime? Did it get you considering the nature encounters you’ve had that may have been frightening at the time? Did those encounters exude beauty despite the danger? Do fear inducing nature encounters seem more beautiful when observed through secondary experience – like on a film – or is it the primary experience that

Explore with Wings, Worms, and Wonder Schopenhauer's idea of how frightening aspects of nature can brings sublime awe. Click to hear my rattlesnake story!

Schopenhauer’s Nature: Fear, Beauty, and the Sublime

  Idyllic, picturesque, awe inspiring, sublime. The words running through my head as I gaze upon a pristine natural spring in the forest. Right up until I hear my sister-out-law say, “Y’all!!! I almost just stepped on a pygmy rattlesnake!!!!!” We snap out of, “yay! a weekend getaway at a beautiful spring cabin,” mode and into hyper responsible

It's World Watercolor Month! Click for a Wings, Worms, and Wonder printable watercolor funsheet for you to celebrate summer nature.

Wonder Wednesday 83: Watercolor Funsheet!

  Happy Wonder Wednesday 83! And happy last day of World Watercolor Month! This month I have a printable watercolor funsheet for you celebrating summer nature. Also, if you are new to watercolor, be sure to click and check out my Watercolor Basics Video series and Setting up For Watercolor Success Videos on You Tube! Find a

Learn to grow and draw cosmos flowers! Click to get your Wings, Worms, and Wonder how to!

Wonder Wednesday 82: Cosmos Creativity

    Cosmos are one of my favorite summer flowers. They are so simple, yet so cheerful – and best of all – so easy to grow! And by easy I mean they really don’t care if I take care of them! Hooray for easy and prolific flowers!   I got the idea for this activity from this

Summer officially begins June 21. Get ready for the solstice by boosting your summer reading lists! Click for 5 nature inspired books and a Wings, Worms, and Wonder "After Reading Fun" ideas to go with each!

5 Nature Inspired Summer Reading Books!

  Summer officially begins June 21. Get ready for the solstice by boosting your summer reading lists with 5 nature inspired books and “Further Fun” ideas to go with each! Research shows that connecting with nature in person, and through nature reading, writing, and art making helps build empathy. This is such an important ability

Create your own cyanometer and track blue skies throughout the seasons in your nature journal! Click to make your own with Wings, Worms, and Wonder and discover what blue sky wonders reveal themselves to you over time!

Wonder Wednesday 81: Summer Cyanometers

  Summer is on its way, and blue skies abound! So why not make a nature journaling project inspired by them? In all my years of loving all things cyan, I recently discovered the cyanometer. What in the world is that you ask? Great question! It’s a historic device that measures the blue of the

Floral and geometrics combine super powers in the turn-of-the-century art work of Stanisław Wyspiański! Click to learn more and get inspired to make your own clashes with Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

Blending Organic and Geometric: The Art of Stanisław Wyspiański

  Floral and geometrics combine super powers in the turn-of-the-century art work of Stanisław Wyspiański. The turn of the 20th century that is!   Self Portrait, (1869-1907)   Today, the designers and trend forecasters call this blending of organics and geometrics “floral clash,” but this technique is anything but new. A quick search will reveal countless