Despondent to Dynamic! Getting out of a downward drawing spiral.

Despondent to Dynamic! Getting out of a downward drawing spiral.

Have you even gotten stuck while sketching? Or has that annoying inner voice that is critiquing your drawing skills –or perceived lack of skills sucked you into believing it?? That happened to me recently– and this is what got me out and begin to rewire 

Fresh new eyes on ordinary nature

Fresh new eyes on ordinary nature

I went out for a walk with my dog and was so taken by the beauty in nature that I had to start nature journaling while walking in the beach! I always have my nature journal bag with me–its a messenger bag with my journal, 

Skyward Salutations: Clouds (Video)

Skyward Salutations: Clouds (Video)

Autumn seems to have the most amazing skies. We’ll look upwards for inspiration today! We always have access to the sky even if we cannot get to a special place in nature. The sky is different every day and changes hour by hour, sometimes minute 

Gratitude for my sensory scrapbook

Gratitude for my sensory scrapbook

Today I woke up to see a layer of frost on our wooden deck. The grass and the alpacas in the pasture both have a dusting of frost like powered sugar. It makes me smile. The air was so cold and crisp on my face 

Simple and freeing 1-minute sketches

Simple and freeing 1-minute sketches

In nature journaling, there are a multitude of tools, strategies, and prompts to record our observations in our nature journal. They also help us to see more deeply, stimulate curiosity, and wonder. Sometimes they can work to free your inner creative from the hold of 

The energy of music

The energy of music

During these times of shelter in place, there’s one thing that I miss so much. Its something that cannot be replaced with online or virtual substitute. An that is making music with others. I don’t mean turning on the radio or streaming a concert, but 

Crab molt comparison

Crab molt comparison

Journaling crab molts on the beach.

The Nature Journal Show interview

The Nature Journal Show interview

I was recently interviewed by Marley Peifer, host of The Nature Journal Show. Learn a little how I started nature journaling by myself to creating an online journaling community. I’ll share what inspired me to start the Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club– and how YOU 

Noticing nature: Turkey Talk

Noticing nature: Turkey Talk

During my morning sit spot nature watch, the wild turkeys showed up and grabbed my attention! They were making lots of different sounds. Not only were they gobbling and clacking but making sounds with other parts of their bodies. They paraded around in a flock 

Noticing Nature: sense of place

Noticing Nature: sense of place

During this morning’s sit spot I noticed the withering rose blossoms and thought ran through my head: “ Wow, how come I hadn’t noticed that? Nor did I see the spent Cala lily flowers? I didn’t even cut a single one for a vase this