Sunday, June 18, 2017


We have just returned from our summer trip in the camping car to the Loire valley and beyond.  We were camped by the river with a lovely view of the trees on the banks of the historic waterway.  This tree had been overwhelmed by mistletoe caught my eye. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lavender Festival 2017 - Journal - Lin Frye

Journal - A small remembrance of lavender from the Lavender Festival last week ....

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hay Field - Lin Frye

Journal -- Hay fields and hay bales - it's that time of year again -- I love to document the seasons with the natural events going on ... and so, spring returns, and with it, my beloved hay bales ...

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Friday, May 26, 2017

Old Sketchbook, Nature Elements & Wood Artist Liliia Tereshkiv

I found an old holiday sketchbook. It transported me back to our countryside holiday a few years ago. The old sketchbook still had many pages crisp white so I added a horse drawn by Rafael. But without its rider, directing it. Somehow, for me, nature sketches are free from intruding and dominating humans.

My latest project is about studying Feng Shui. I decided to draw Feng Shui's 5 elements. For drawing the Water Element, I chose a lotuspond with a flowering lotus. For Fire Element, I drew red tulips with their petals mimicking flames. For Feng Shui's Wood Element is drew 3 wooden sticks, driftwood and old branches found in our local woodlands, as well as a wood cut through with visible growth marks. I need to draw Metal and Earth Element to complete this series.

As the schoolyear draws to a close, I have ordered for my daughter 'Teacher Thank-You' woodcards at Sorriso Design. Sorriso Design is a one-woman company of my friend Liliia Tereshkiv. Liliia added lovely sketches to the customized texts. Liliia loves nature; she loves wood and I admire her eco wood work.

Wishing you a lovely summer with loads of nature sketches.
Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Daisies - Lin Frye

Journal - Daisy season -- love how they add brightness to the roadsides!

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yellow Fields - Lin Frye

Journal - Yellow Fields - This time of year I dash around my county hunting those golden, sunshine-filled fields of mustard and buttercups. I try to capture a few of them for my journal.

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Monday, May 8, 2017


Taking a walk down our lane and looking at the nature around me as usual, I spotted these oak galls on an oak tree in the hedgerow.  They look like bunches of currants on the undersides of the leaves and I just had to pick a twig to draw at home!