Happy Wednesday, friends!
Spring weather has finally graced Ohio with its presence, and life has been good lately. I think we may be on the verge of getting my baby boy to sleep more. As any parent can tell you, this is tremendously exciting news. However, we are also about to transition him to his own room, since his crazy mobility means the bassinet in the bedroom isn’t going to cut it very much longer. Those transitions are always rough, so I’m not expecting to really see more sleep for some time longer. Time will tell, I suppose.
I spent part of the weekend at my parents’ farm, which was nice. We hadn’t been down in months, and we couldn’t have picked a better weekend for it. Sunshine and farm activities drew us outdoors. We even got to meet a new baby goat from a nearby friend!
May is shaping up to be a busy month, but I am trying to stay on target with my illustrations! I have kept up with colour collective challenges so far, and am also making progress on a piece that I am excited to finish.
As a child, I always thought the woods seemed magical. Something about the speckled light filtering in through the green leaves overhead made me feel like I was in a story book. I loved a good forest, but the thing that really made me fall in love was finding a stream, creek, or river running through the woods. I could spend hours there taking in the sounds of the water, watching mini-waterfalls, making and breaking tiny dams made from leaves and twigs, and (on warm days) splashing my feet. There was a colour collective challenge a few weeks back that was green. I roughly sketched out this picture before deciding that the green from the challenge was not the right color for this image in my mind, but this drawing really spoke out to me, even in sketch form. I kept the sketch, knowing I’d come back to it eventually. I have now officially started work on it! Here is the work in progress:
The boy in the drawing is inspired by my kids, whom I hope will one day find the imagination-stirring wonder that I found in these kinds of places. I hope you find it too! In the midst of our busy lives this month, let’s try to take time to put ourselves in nature and take it in. It’s good for the body, and good for the soul. If you’re reading this, I would love to see the places you take yourself this month! I’ll post mine on Instagram with #natureplace.