I have to admit, January and February are not my favorite months for painting in my nature journal; even the evergreens are dull and not very inspiring. So, I was delighted to see the crocuses blooming in my front yard! This year we had more than ever before, and I was excited about being able to paint with my favorite color, purple.
I began my nature journal when I began teaching, since nature study is a part of our curriculum, and students keep nature journals. I first started my own journal as an example, but soon I fell in love with the process of noticing beauty in my surroundings and capturing it in my journal. Painting from nature increases our powers of observation and causes us to praise the creator and his marvelous works. My husband loves my nature journal paintings (even though I don’t consider myself to have any artistic talent), and so for Christmas, he had a couple of my nature journal entries enlarged, copied, and framed. What a wonderful gift!