Using Nature and Art to Get Through Winter SAD


A Collection of Finished Ink Pieces

A Collection of Finished Ink Pieces 

I, like many other people around the world suffer from SAD during the cold, dark winter months.  For the last few years, I’ve been able to deal with it through long weekend hikes in our local National Parks and Forests but this year has been a little more challenging. Maybe it’s due to the pandemic (even though our parks remain open) but we haven’t roamed our normal spots this winter.  We have been staying closer to home and exploring our own land more. And while I’ve been enjoying it immensely, it doesn’t seem to be enough to combat the SAD.

Typically, while we are out hiking, I bring my camera along and am able to produce a lot of artwork during the winter months. But I haven’t been feeling the need to pick it up as much this winter. February can be the hardest month for me personally, even though it’s the shortest month of the year, it often feels the longest. To get through this long, dark, cold winter month this year, in addition to doing light therapy, I decided to do an art challenge for the entire month. 

Sycamore Bark Found During a Nature Walk

Sycamore bark

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