Finding inspiration on a winters walk

Last week I was thinking that spring is just around the corner. Once again, I have been fooled by Mother Nature. We are expecting 30-60 cm of snow this week in Whistler, B.C.

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It is usually at this time of year that I start to crave color, lots of color, in my life. I am surrounded by many different shades of gray and white and while I still find it beautiful, a little pop of color would be a welcome change.

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Todays walk had me trudging along, eyes downward, in search of some sketching inspiration. I was a bit surprised to find a bountiful of old, decayed foliage around. Lots of different shapes, colors and texture all supplied by a bit of cold weather and snow.

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I was a little amazed at some of the little tidbits of nature I found.

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Twenty minute sketch time ~ no thoughts on perfection just some fun mark making, paying attention to the different shapes and textures. Some more marks and hopefully some inspiration for a cool motif to add to my ever-growing collection.

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This is also very nice to come upon in the middle of winter. Yarn bombing is alive and well in Whistler.

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This still beings a smile to my face every time I see it. I am almost tempted to learn how to knit.

What am I thinking?No.

My husband is still trying to convince me that it would be really cool if I got a black sharpie and doodled all over our front yard birch tree. I think he may be making fun of me.

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My walking companion, Cariboo, patiently waiting for what he feels is rightfully his. I swear he was rolling his eyes during the photoshoot.

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7 thoughts on “Finding inspiration on a winters walk

  1. Oh, love these images. I’ve got my own blanket of white too. Also want to tell you how much I think your new banner is awesome. So happy you have found your “thing” Julie.

    • How are you enjoying all the whiteness? Such a change from Texas. I am loving instagram and snapseed these days. Making photography so easy! I am going to post about it all next week. Thanks for dropping by! Julie

  2. Hi Julie,
    I’ve just recently started to follow your blog. I think I came across you through following links from Flora Bowley’s blog. Anyway, I enjoyed this post, the snow, the trees, the sketches and your lovely Cariboo. I live in France near Paris, so we don’t have as much snow of course. When there’s five cms here everything grinds to a halt. I love walking with my two dogs, painting and writing like you.

    • Hi Henrietta.Thanks for commenting. Its so nice to know a bit about others stopping by. I am a huge fan of Floras. I did her real, live, workshop and her online one too. Both were fantastic! I need to spend more time painting! Her approach is wonderful- very liberating. I will drop by your blog later to say hi! Julie

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