Drawing challenge: Shinrin Yoku

January 29, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s drawing challenge: Shirin Yoku.

I was thinking that I actually do a lot of forest bathing, and the forest I love more than anything are birch and aspen forests.


I absolutely revel in the golden autumnal birches and aspens, but that’s just luck of the draw because I’m usually in that part of the world in the autumn.

But what about now? What about a fresh, green, spring birch forest?

The thought put me in the mood for a beautiful, big oil painting….in two days…yeah, I know!

So I got into the garage loft and took down a large canvas that I started painting something on a few years ago (No idea what I was thinking.)

Happily it had an acrylic layer, and soon I had it sanded off and painted a new layer of acrylic as a simple tone on it, and sketched a few “trees” in charcoal.

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Then, with a couple pieces of birch bark as inspiration, I got out my oils.

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If any of you paint with oils, you probably know that it takes days and days for oil layers to dry, and there is nothing practical which can be done to speed up the drying.

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And while oils are my first and true art love, I’m not the most patient person in the world.

But the danger is that the oils will begin blending into mud with too much wet-on-wet work…

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And so we must take a break for a day or two and prop up the painting on the mantle piece where we can walk by and admire it and try not to touch it to test for wetness. (sigh)

Hurry up and dry!

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In the meantime, I can’t wait to come round and see how we’re all shirin yoku(ing).

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  • Reply Tammie January 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    it is beautiful at this stage Veronica!
    i love spring and summer forests too. bathing in their presence can bring calm and healing to a troubled heart or mind, inspire at all times, remind of a favored stance: to be rooted in the earth and arms and heart in the heavens. Today i have a winter forest and snow has begun to fall. Soon the green trees will once again be cloaked in white. So lovely.

    thank you for being our host.
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  • Reply Sheryl January 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Of course, the absolutely best place for those autumnal birches and poplars are along the Similkameen River, between Hedley and Princeton. šŸ™‚ That view just fills me up when I drive through there to the coast. The closest I’ve ever come to a similar place is high in the mountains in Colorado where the aspen forests are magnificent. A bit far to go. lol.

  • Reply roberto January 29, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Ha Ha! I smile when you say: “Iā€™m not the most patient person in the world”. because I think: Veronica needs Shinrin Yoku! šŸ™‚
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  • Reply tinyWOOLF January 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    as always, girl, woman, you rock. i mean, you reinvent the term winging it into a piece of full blown art, even in oils! look at that simply beautiful forest result… it is absolutely touching, the feel in this painting.
    as we are blessed with rather yukky weather, and i am blessed with hardly any free time, i will try and go forest bathing tomorrow morning. a quiet sunday out there should do the trick. of course, i will report back. x n
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  • Reply Annette January 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Lovely colours!
    Interesting photos of the process of drawing – I like those very much.

  • Reply Lucia January 29, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Dear Veronica,
    this Looks great. Good work, I want to walk in this forest.
    Thank you, this DC is a plesure.

  • Reply Ariane Reichardt January 30, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Dear Veronica,
    your palette, ahem, I already love your palette, what can I say?! Your painting, your wonderful painting of a bright wood of birches in Spring, seems to me very ‘ready’. But maybe I am a kind of impatient person, too… Wanna wander in.
    Thank you for hosting, Lady! It was a big joy and pleasure to find the way into the forest.

    Ariane. Rose
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  • Reply eric January 30, 2016 at 2:33 am

    It’s always a pleasure to see your extensive post. Looking forward to see the final result of your painting. It already looks great. – eric
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  • Reply Carole Reid January 31, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Dear Veronica,
    You are a whirlwind of talent and inspiration! Thank you for hosting.
    Lovely painting so far. I admire your patience when working with oil.
    Until next week! xo

  • Reply Carole Reid January 31, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Dear Veronica,
    You are a whirlwind of energy and inspiration! Your painting has captured the quiet of the forest, a peaceful canopy to bathe under.
    Thank you for hosting another Drawing Challenge. xo

  • Reply Patrice A. January 31, 2016 at 9:48 am

    love that painting!
    thinking of my brother and Finland

  • Reply daryledelstein February 1, 2016 at 5:30 am

    i am always impressed with how beautifully you paint/draw … i can draw and paint but i cant seem to capture what i see the way i see it … which is why i turned to photography
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  • Reply Sharmon Davidson February 1, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Veronica, I am truly amazed that you could do that beautiful oil painting in 2 days! It looks like the perfect place to go shinrin yoku!
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  • Reply Stefanie February 4, 2016 at 1:45 am

    such a nice and interesting theme, many thanks my dear!
    i love the 5th pic most x stefanie
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  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm February 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Oh how I wish I could paint! I look at your work and feel so envious. You must have always been creative. I still draw stick figures … dear me! Still at least I can get outdoors and be creative in my garden. Hugs

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