Walking in Nature’s Inspiration

I love painting faces. I never get tired of it, and I’ll never run out of faces! Yet, for inspiration I go to nature, I’m not sure why that is, but in order for me to set the mood or get out of a funk or creative block, nature is always my go-to.

Seeing a feather on my  path,  the sweet breeze from the trees and the sensual sounds of a stream, all of it can be had in nature; it also puts us in touch with divinity. Our job is to recognize the signs as they come and honor them with an inner glow and inspired action. When we do this we meet our divinity. Our souls has magical ways of getting our attention.

I’ve been reflecting on so many things of late, and  I felt a sense of stagnant energy, so I gathered my art bag and my sweet partner, and off to the woods we went!

So here’s some of the things that fuel my muse. I suggest a walk in nature to get your creativity to jump-start!

So come, take a walk with me…

Red Covered Bridge

Red Covered Bridge

We’re entering the magic zone, where inspiration awaits us at the other end. We just need to enter…..


Inside the beginning of inspiration




I love the smell of the wood inside here, and the beauty of being enclosed in nature…..

Close Ups of Inspiration

Sometimes I stop and crouch to see the beauty of my inspiration magnified….

Standing back




Now we stand back and watch….

Watching Nature in actionIt has a soothing way of activity….

It speaks its own languageI love the sounds…but I’m filled with a quiet energy, called to action….

Skipping StonesI take my action…as the stones skip across the water….

Nature's ArtI love how nature puts its own art together…

ContrastMore close-ups and contrast…

Settling inI finally settling in…called to sit and ponder my feelings with my own musings and marks….this is the time I go into my mind, and come out with some visuals that will lead me in the studio. Spending time here and walking has made me feel in touch with my muse…I’m really hype to get back to the studio…it’s time to get back…

So we head back….

Path back

It’s been a beautiful day filled with inspiration and nature’s beauty.

From my passionate and wild creative soul to yours, I wish you peace.


Love, Harmony & Peace








  1. Beautiful post Indigene.
    It's so very true, nature is a wonderful, always an inspiring connection to the Creator.
    I did nothing but portraiture for so many years , as it was my passion ans specialty. I shied away and actually and really avoided things in nature, It was too overwhelming to think about replicating realistically.. I was not interested, until I moved here to Apple River twenty years ago. Boy did my subject matter change! Trees, flowers, ducks, the ocean and all was my preoccupation.
    My focus too became centered on spirituality, and narrative work. Nature is a such natural high and a wondrously. great blessing, that lifts our souls to heavenward, and makes us better human beings.

    Comment by littleironhorse1 — June 17, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

  2. Thanks Jeanie! I’m always inspired by your beautiful photography and music. I know yours is nature inspired too! :) Thanks for coming by!

    Comment by Indigene — June 17, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  3. I can feel the awesomeness of your journey unfold in your words and photos! Thank you for taking me along on your Nature Quest ;) Gosh I almost feel like I can skip my own walk and just go to my studio….but I'll venture out for my own journey inspired by yours ;) <3

    Comment by Jill Marie — June 17, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

  4. Thank you Jill! I’m glad you came along with me. It would be so wonderful to gather up all my creative friends and go on a nature retreat! Hmmm….something to think about for the future. :)

    Comment by Indigene — June 17, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

  5. Oh how lovely! I absolutely loved going on this walk with you (nature is soothing and nurturing even vicariously!). I loved that little peek inside your adventure bag, too. Thanks for taking us with you!

    Comment by kimpdx — June 17, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

  6. Kim, I’m happy you came along for the walk and leaving a comment! Nature has it all. :)

    Comment by Indigene — June 17, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

  7. Indigene, this is so beautiful! We have a park with two covered bridges, that is not too far away from where we live. Suddenly, I feel the need to get the family there for a visit! Nothing calms my soul and makes me feel more connected to our Creator than being in nature. On a beautiful day, I actually feel guilty if I don't get to spend a few quality minutes outside! I've not been good at sketching when I am away from home. I don't know if I feel I can't concentrate, or what it is. I do want to get better at doing that, and I have a bag packed to put it into practice! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.

    Comment by Amy O'Toole — June 18, 2014 @ 6:52 am

  8. Amy, thanks for coming by! I love covered bridges, although I don’t know why I do. They appeal to some aestethic in me. LOL! I hope you do get out there and explore nature with a sketch book or art journal. You’ll be amazed at the ideas that it will spark! Thanks again! :)

    Comment by Indigene — June 18, 2014 @ 11:55 am

  9. Thanks for the Naturewalk Indigene! Yes I too am deeply inspired by the Great Mystery unfolding with her seasons and vycles. The sounds pull into the rhythms of our creativity. She is the perfect muse.

    Comment by Jeanie — June 19, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

  10. Jeanie, you’re so right, she is the best muse. I often forget that, and have to get back out there to be reminded and refreshed, again and again. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Comment by Indigene — June 19, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  11. So beautiful and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Comment by RitaJC — June 20, 2014 @ 8:08 am

  12. Rita, thanks for stopping by! Nature is always beautiful and inspiring. It brings out the best.

    Comment by Indigene — June 20, 2014 @ 10:23 am

  13. Nature is the greatest of all inspirations! I find that as well myself and yet so often we forget to just step out the door and get out there. Thank you for the reminder to do so!

    Comment by Deanna — June 20, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  14. Deanna, you’re so right! I find that the busier I am, the more I need to get out into nature, to feel a sense of balance in my life. Thanks for your comments. :)

    Comment by Indigene — June 23, 2014 @ 11:20 am

  15. Very inspiring post, love the photos,, very descriptive feels like I'm right there with you… I enjoy being outdoors and find it helps sooth and inspire and brings me joy. I need to find the time to do it more often.

    Comment by jennifer barrile — July 2, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

  16. Jen, you have no excuse, you live near this wonderful place!!!! This will definitely get your artistic flow going! No excuses…LOL! Stop for coming by. :)

    Comment by Indigene Art Forms — July 6, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

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