Summer solstice occurs on June 21st marking the official beginning of summer and longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Warmer weather lends to slower paces and a time to enjoy sunny days at the beach or poolside, long weekend get-aways and alluring travel.
May is the third and last month of spring , a time for celebrations and traditions around the world that include May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Labor Day, during the calendric period where temperatures and warming, flowers are blooming , and summer is just beginning.
The month of April is named after the Latin word, ‘aperio’, meaning to open or bud. It’s asuitable moniker as this is the month where Mother Nature awakens from her slumber andbegins to grow again, sprouting forth in beautifulshades of green.
The month of March often feels like a tug-of-war between the seasons, winter and spring, with its blustery winds and seesaw weather. Winter slowly loosening its grip as spring arrives with longer days, warmer days, and the earth awakens with greener landscapes, blooming buds and chirping birds.
February brings with it beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The various pink hues also ring in a season of love, marked by Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated differently in many cultures.
Cozy dwellings in snowcapped mountains are what come to mind when I think of January. Shorter, cold days warmed by a cup of hot cocoa or a hot toddy by the fire.
Twinkling Christmas lights on a frosty evening, the sounds and smell of logs crackling in a fireplace and holiday treats baking in the oven lend a magical feeling during the holiday season. Reds, greens and winter whites dominate the color scheme, but even the old fashioned strings of holiday lights adorning trees and buildings evoke cozy feelings of happiness, joy and peace.
November is a month of golden hues mixed with bursts of bright red, yellow and orange and brown. Even the produce at the Farmer’s Market mimics the fall foliage.
Pumpkins, apple picking, ghost and goblins and the beautiful fall foliage is what marks October for me. I love the crisp, fresh air in the mornings and evenings sprinkled with some late autumn warm, sunny afternoons. And of course, Halloween. I’ve been preparing for...
September means back-to-school and end of summer, yet we still enjoy warm summer like days and beautiful, vibrant colors even though nature is starting its change.
During my trip to Italy, I was inspired by the different hues of blue in nature – azure, Mediterranean, sky, ocean.
Inspiration can come in a few different forms. It can be a spark or idea that comes to the mind after observing, reading or feeling someone else’s work that causes the mind to think in a different way which is passive.