I have always been the outdoors kinda girl. Malls and shopping were never my thing. Give me a nice river, pretty lake with some trees and I was happy. That hasn’t changed over the years, except for my disdain for humidity and mosquitoes- so summer afternoons outside are no longer something I will entertain.
There’s something inspiring for me about being outside feeling the wind on my face and the earth under me. Likely it’s the fact that it forces me to be complete in the moment. So when I am in need of a jump start in my creativity and to relieve stress, I get outside. But it can’t just be a walk in my local park. I NEED to be away from all the noise and chaos; to be submerged in the natural world. It’s there I feel that spiritual connection to my muse.
It’s not easy though the first few times setting up to create outside. I have compiled some words of wisdom from my mistakes. Enjoy!
Here are some tips to making it a success:
1. Check the weather! Just sayin... this one should be self explanatory. What shoes will you need? Snow boots? Hiking boots? Waterproof sneakers? Rain coat just in case? Wear layers? Hat with large brim for sun glare? Stay home?
2. Consider the terrain. Where are you going? Some are inspired by places right up against a spot you can park- which allows you the added space of using your trunk or easy access to facilities. Some are like me and want to disappear from society for inspiration. Although- for painting I much prefer those drive up spots like in the picture below. I was working out of my trunk for that one.