Winter Hikes and Painting in Nature

One thing the Netherlands teaches you is to make your own weather. Considering that over here it rains almost every day, if you wait for the perfect weather, you’ll spend the rest of your life indoors.

Knowing¬†that summer lasts for only one day, and is usually in July (last year it was on a Thursday ūüôā ), if you’re passionate about nature, you have to learn how to fight natural elements and go after what makes you happy, regardless of the high number of clouds present on the sky. It definitely toughens you up, which is not a bad thing at all!

With that being said, why not hiking during winter? Nature is beautiful all year around, so if you really want, you can find a lot of unique places to visit and breathtaking landscapes.

Equipped with hiking boots and curiosity, I went on a few 15 km long hikes, in the very green Dutch landscape. I must say, the mix of sand, earth, trees and water always leave me breathless. It makes you feel like it’s almost not possible to have them all in one spot, and still, it works just fine! What can be nicer than seeing the dunes, the sea and the beach, even on such a cold winter day?

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Hiking is wonderful but something I always wanted to do, is paint in nature, and I think there’s no better way to start the year, than with some fresh air, and a bit of creativity.

One thing is for sure about painting outside during winter, on a foggy day: if you don’t lose any fingers on the making, you have to hurry and finish the painting, as the fog eats one tree at a time, removing it from your landscape. Even so, I never had more fun doing it ūüôā

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Time flies by when you’re having fun, so I was sent home earlier than planned, because of the ‘unexpected’ sunset. The panting is still work in progress, but the amazing landscape is still very much alive, deep inside my memory.


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Snowy Mountains Painting

Let the moon
Shine on thee in thy solitary walk;
And let the misty mountain-winds be free
To blow against thee

–¬†William Wordsworth

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Well, wasn’t that a very short spring?

Spring is not here, not even close.¬†Don’t ever trust a snowdrop in January! ūüôā

Today we had a fairytale-like snowfall, and I don’t think I ever saw Mother Nature transform this beautiful before. Either this, or I really missed the snow!

Lisa most definitely had a great time checking out Mother Nature’s winter clothing.

And when it’s this cold outside, I never forget about my outside buddies, so the birdhouse provided shelter and food, during the storm, for this gorgeous bird.¬†image_3

On our way back, we must stop to smell the roses (as it’s too cold for roses, we have to work with¬†snowdrops and we don’t mind, at all ūüôā ).

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Happy winter-spring everyone!

Mother Nature’s Winter Diamonds

I woke up this morning only to find out that even Mother Nature got ready for Christmas, wearing her most gorgeous ice diamonds.

Mother Nature’s Little Umbrellas

Rainy season means perfect time of the year¬†for mushroom season! They pop out pretty much everywhere. Aren’t they adorable?

The Making of Autumn

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely not done with autumn.¬†Don’t you just¬†love the atmosphere, the colors, the overall beauty of nature?

With every step I take, I feel even more inspired. Today I got inspired to transform the paper into autumn. Below is a painting of my brush making it happen.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Fall in the farmhouse

After a long, warm summer, fall is finally here. And what better place to admire the nature, if not in the garden of a beautiful farmhouse, surrounded by gorgeous trees?

Happy autumn everyone! ūüôā

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