Simple Joys

Amidst the hustle of holiday preparations and merriment, I stole a few minutes of quiet out in the neighboring field on a sunny afternoon. A chattering flock of juncos were my only companions as I made my way around the grove of white pines that are slowly taking over the tangled meadow. I appreciate these moments for the simple joys they offer, and I wish you the same this holiday season and throughout the year.

Tips and Techniques– Although the sun was shining, the wind made 30֯ F feel like 20֯ F. I brought only my sketchbook and a pen outside, determined to find something to draw, but with no idea about what that might be. The sense of discovery is part of what makes heading out fun. At times like this, look for something simple to sketch; something you know you can capture in 10 minutes or less. I roughed in the white pines and some basic shapes for the birds, knowing that I could add details later from the comfort and warmth of indoors while watching juncos at my bird feeders.

24 Comments on “Simple Joys

  1. Simple, peaceful, beautiful.
    I admire your talent so much.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Best in the new year.

  2. Beautiful Jean ! Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year wishes to you and yours from our family in Southwestern Ontario. Cheerio, Chris

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Lovely. Thank you Jean. Merry Xmas and all the best for the New Year to you and your family.

  4. Love the beauty and simplicity of your work. Hoping that I get another chance to paint with you again in the new year. Peace and health to you and your family.

  5. Lovely as always. Such a good tip about getting rough forms that you can develop later at your leisure. All good wishes for a happy New Year, I will continue to enjoy your beautiful work!

  6. Such darling little birds. Always a treat when they arrive. I love this.

  7. Simply delightful. It’s always a treat to receive your blog emails.
    Very best wishes for a creative and rewarding 2022.
    P.S. Thank you for the wonderful workshop during Winslow Art Centre Winter Bash. Looking forward to exploring those data bases! 👩‍🎨

  8. Sweet juncos! Ours are a little different out here – maybe you’ve seen them. But they have the same basic junco-ness. 😉 Happy New Year, Jean, and may it be a healthy and creative one for you and your family.

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