I drew 3 Spring doodles (and rambled a bit about veggies) ðŸŒ·ðŸŒ¤ï¸

… and then Winter returned 😳😄 But here they are anyway.

Here are 3 Spring-themed doodles I made in the first week of March. Still doodling away on my phone in ibisPaint X whenever I have the chance.

I love illustrating food, especially veggies 💚

I didn’t really plan out this drawing but just added things bit by bit. I try to eat what’s in season (and not grown in heated greenhouses), because it’s a way for me to be more sustainable. That means I haven’t had a fresh tomato or cucumber in a long time.

But living in this country can get a bit boring foodwise, especially in Winter. We love potatoes, carrots and all sorts of kale and cabbage in this house, but do get fed up with it. So we allow ourselves to get imported veg, especially peppers and lots of oranges and lemons, I just can’t live without them. And on rare occasions an avocado, yum!

I think I’m going to be a bit more loose about my “local and in season” food goal, because our daughter will soon start to eat solid food. And I want her to taste everything. But I’m torn, because I also want to teach her about sustainable lifestyle and give her a good Earth to live on!

When you think about it, it’s quite ridiculous that we have become used to being able to buy fresh fruit this far North in the middle of Winter.

Umm, that was quite a blurb about food. Anyway! Here are the other two Spring doodles.

Weeeeee! *sniffle

Just a lil’ Spring flower who is maybe now reconsidering the choice to come up and say hi.

You can find speed videos of my drawing process for both of these last doodles on my Instagram.

It was great to have some days with nice weather, especially since all you can really do is go for walks at the moment. But then the cold came back to bite us all in the, well, cheeks! 🥶 So I think I’ll wait an extra couple months to remove my woolly layers 😄

I drew 3 Spring doodles (and rambled a bit about veggies) ðŸŒ·ðŸŒ¤ï¸

Jonna’s January starter pack

Take a page from my mom’s book and make it through January in woolly and cozy style.

Today is my mom’s 71st birthday, and since we can’t see eachother at the moment because of covid, I made this doodle of some of her favourite things.

A few of mom’s favourite things

I called it Jonna’s January starter pack, because they happen to also be things that are very nice to have in this cold, wet month.

Get this style

To be like Jonna, you need at least something woolly, it could be slippers or a scarf.

A massive cup of high-quality tea is also obligatory. As well as talk radio and homemade bread with cheese and jam. And lots of plants!

Not pictured but also key: all-weather walks and communicating with friends and family via videochat/Snapchat/Instagram.

And for extra Jonna points you can add a wide knowledge of plants and Danish literature, or some sewing and baking.

Happy birthday Mom! 🥳

Jonna’s January starter pack

Orange pepper

Gardening is new to me, and I get VERY excited when something new happens with my plants. Sometimes things change colour from one day to the next! So I had to make a drawing about it.

My sister gave me a pepper plant and a tomato plant as a housewarming gift in Spring, and they are both thriving in the greenhouse. There are soooo many fruits!

Colourful fruits

So far, all the peppers have been green, but a couple of days ago one of them turned orange! And it made me a very happy garden owner.

How do they know when to stop growing and start changing colour? It must be some kind of garden magic. Now the challenge is to leave it for a couple more days and see if it turns red. If I don’t eat it before it happens!

Drawing process

Here’s a look at my original hand-drawn sketch from my sketchbook:

I imported it into Gimp, coloured it in and added some layer effects to keep the hand-drawn vibe. I’m happy with the style, it turned out kind of children’s book-ish. Which I think fits the little story well. If you can even call it a story… To me, it’s headline news!

Also, I started work again last week after the summer vacation and today was the first very busy day. So colouring in this little doodle felt very calming and nice.

I’ve been doodling and drawing digitally a lot this summer, and I really want to keep it up as much as possible – even though I use up some of my creative energy at work. Drawing is so good for my mental health, so I need to try to stay in the habit.

Orange pepper

The hello dance

Seeing people wave their arms and do air hugs instead of hugs makes me smile in this weird, sad time.

I hope this drawing will do the same for you!

I’ve seen people almost dance around like mating birds.

I haven’t really been motivated to draw a lot lately – except for this drawing I made for my friends/followers here in Denmark yesterday:

Big virtual hugs for you guys on this channel too!! I hope everyone is able to keep safe.

I think I need to draw more these days, at lease these two silly doodles made me feel a bit better in our home office/quarantine.

The hello dance

Spring fish

I can’t believe Sunday is going to be the first day of Spring.

drawing fish Spring

At this time of year here in Denmark, it feels like Winter has lasted forever and might just continue for the rest of the year.

I’m a slow Winter fish who believes Spring is a real thing when I see it 😀

Except daylight! There’s already a lot more of that – yesterday I went for a walk around 5 p.m. and it was still light out.

So I guess I believe Spring is coming a LITTLE bit.

Spring fish

Dropped the doodle ball

Ok, so, I very much dropped the ball with doodling in January… Here’s a picture of what happened:

Actually I doodled a bit, but I didn’t manage to post. Mainly because of work (I started a second “day job” doing online communication things).

But January was good, and I got to wear comfy clothes a lot.

But I promise I’ll post this month! Probably a mix of old and new doodles. Maybe even uglier than the doodle in this post.

So stay tuned 🙂

Dropped the doodle ball

Snotty happy new year

I started out the new year with a cold 😦

New Year – same old snotty me

But it’s ok, because I was well during Christmas and had lots of really good family time, many naps, LOTS of sweets and a bunch of sun, actually. So I can’t complain (even though I just did).

Hope you all are well and had a good Holiday season / New Year celebration / first couple of days of January.

I didn’t draw much this past month (LOL, I’m posting this from my phone and it wanted to autocorrect to “this pasta month” – I guess my phone knows me well).

Anyway, I plan to doodle some more when I feel better.

Snotty happy new year

’tis the season to be…

… extra nice to shop elves!

While Christmas shopping I’ve seen lots of other nice and patient customers. But also some very… impatient* ones!

I met one shop assistant with a massive cold who needed to be at home in bed, but she powered through and was very nice (and sniffly).

So I’ve decided to be EXTRA nice to shop assistents this year. I hope I’m always friendly, but this week I went all out with smiles, “no worries, I’ll wrap it myself”s, “I don’t need a bag, thanks”s and “Merry Christmas!”s.

I’ve had student jobs in shops, but mainly cafés/food places and never in retail around Christmas. So I don’t know the struggle, but I still know that those friendly faces in the busy crowd means a lot!

Thrift your gifts

(OMG did I just make that rhyme for the first time ever? Probably not, But I love it)

Since I’m already telling you what to do in this post (don’t know why that’s my thing, apparently I get preachy around the holidays), here’s another thing:

Remember that secondhand or homemade things make great gifts! I talked about shopping a lot in this post, but in reality most of the places I’ve been Christmas shopping were thrift shops and the craft store. Trying to buy less new things has been a fun challenge to me.

Now I just have some (a lot) of DIY’ing to do. Actually writing this post in the middle of a giant, cute, creative mess of paper, fabric and other stuff 😀

Wrap your crap (yourself)

(yup, I rhymed again)

As a bonus for reading alllll the way through my babbling, here’s a video recommendation :

TheSorryGirls: Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas you should be using this year

Definitely check it out, TheSorryGirls make really great DIY videos.

And I got really inspired to try some more sustainable gift wrap solutions that also look cute.

*rude. They were rude.

’tis the season to be…

mlem moo

After a very busy and exciting work week, I got home yesterday afternoon, slept from 5 to 7 p.m. on the couch, woke up and drew this:

Which, I guess, represents how I was feeling. You know, kind of mlem, but also moo.

I think it also means my brain is now on Christmas mode! I’m now questioning what a deer has to do with Christmas. Or did I draw a reindeer? Definitely not a moose, they’re snouts are more horse-like. Yes, I had this discussion with my BF 😀

Snow = Christmas brain

Yesterday morning, I walked to the bus early in the morning, and it was snowing (halp!) very windy and pitch black. Later in the day, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful, sunny and chilly November day. A crazy change!

I think starting the day with a bit of snow and a bent umbrella (haaalp!) definitely activated those Christmas sensors in my brain. I woke up today thinking about gingerbread cookies and candles and gift ideas.

I’m guessing more festive doodles are coming.

mlem moo

November faces

It’s getting colder and darker in Denmark at the moment. The perfect season for doodling some colourful Winter people:

Winter time is doodle time!

I don’t mind the cold and the grey landscape so much, but the dark is starting to get to my brain a bit. Everytime I take a nap or go to bed at night, it goes “Oh well, time to hibernate for 6 months”.

So doodling helps me stay awake for a bit after dinner so I don’t go to bed at 8 p.m. 😀 And adding colour feels great.

I haven’t actually seen any of these Winter people IRL; they are drawn from imagination like most of my doodle people.

Except for the yellow wellies! I recently got similar ones myself, and they contribute to adding some colour to these grey days. I’ve even worn them out to eat because I like them so much.

Maybe I should get a crazy, blue fuzzy hat too!

November faces