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Nature is out there! (and it can help with your health and creativity, too!)

Peyton Farnum, Creative Team Member

December 23, 2020

With all the craziness that 2020 has brought, it can be difficult to remember to take some time to care for yourself. Luckily, I am here to inform you that one of the easiest ways to do so is remarkably simple: spend some time outside!

Nature is all around us. It is something that is irreplaceably beautiful in our world, but it serves more than just aesthetic purpose. Spending two hours a week outside is proven to have psychological benefits in more ways than one.¹ Increased time spent in nature can promote a calm sense of wellbeing, and can also help improve your mood and stimulate the parts of your brain that control creativity.¹ Us creative people know that whatever we can get our hands on to help us succeed is vital, and luckily for us, it’s incredibly accessible!

Inspiration is abundant in the outdoor world. Plants, animals and landscapes make incredible subjects for artwork, as they often come in beautiful shapes and colors. Sketching some of these will help you sharpen your observational drawing skills and provide a variety of texture to replicate!

Fun tip: collect flowers or leaves and press them in your sketchbook! They might make good use in a collage or other projects!


I painted this back in 2018 during a trip to Nicaragua. I sat in the shade near the edge of the sand and painted the remarkable visage of the water and vegetation around me. In the hours I spent creating it, I felt intensely serene–every breath I took was crisp and all the sounds of life around me kept a presence of calmness as I worked. It was one of my favorite experiences of art-making, all because of the natural environment I chose to surround myself with!

Let this serve as a friendly reminder to leave our hobbit holes every once in a while and soak up some quality natural atmosphere. Grab your paints, inks, pencils, or any art making instrument of your choice and head to your nearest outdoor location! Feel the grass, listen to the birds or wind, take a load off under a tree and take some deep breaths. Commemorate the trip by getting some enjoyable creative work done, or just take some time to relax. Afterwards, you will hopefully feel more mentally sound and prepared to tackle any obstacles that lie ahead.

Remember to take care of yourself and enjoy all that earth has to offer!

Reference: Jim Robbins, Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health (Yale 360, 2020)

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