The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.
Mary Oliver

My watercolours

For a week this summer I lived in a small cottage in the forest, by the water. I moved out of my apartment to be close to nature, and I think I have rarely enjoyed something as much as my time there, listening to either the wind blowing in the trees or an audio book of some sort.

Art Journaling Outdoors

I love outdoor creating! It’s the best because it combines two beautiful things. Being outside in the sun and doing something creative! I was outdoors from breakfast to late evening when the cold or darkness made it impossible to stay. Then my fingers was almost numb from the wind and another spread in my journal was filled with colour.

Outdoor creating summer 2013

My favorite spot was a tiny landing-stage, and the outdoor dinner table where I ate, journaled, painted and doodled:

Sitting outside

I like being close to a house, like I always am when creating in my parent’s garden, because then you can go back inside if you forget a glue stick or something else. Or if you want to refill your iced coffee – or get water for the paint brush. I do own a water brush, but I don’t like it too much (I think it’s because I use a lot of water when I paint so the flow of the brush slows me down).

When moving around, from one spot to another, I packed my stuff (paints, journal, pens, iphone and paint brushes) in a fabric tote for easy transporting.

Watercolouring outdoors

I have never had so many creative ideas or written so many lists as I did when sitting in silence with just my self as company. Watching the sun glitter on the water. Listening to the wind. No watch, no schedule, no chatter. Nothing, but time to generate ideas while being in nature.

Leaf pattern 2

I tried doing a nature scene of the reed and pebbles around me, but mostly I simply doodled in my journal, with a pen or watercolours. I also came up with a combination of life drawing and fantasy, like these pink and orange reeds:

Leaf pattern 1

Best Summer Crush ever! What have you fallen in love with this summer? What places, practices and material have become your personal summer crush?