Posts Categorized: Wonder Moments

The Beautiful Variety Of Spiral Shell Fossils

The beautiful variety in fossil spiral shells - art inspiration at the natural history museum, click through for more pictures!

Spirals are beautiful forms and meaningful symbols. growth beginning expanding forming but, cyclically.  Spirals move steadily outward, but they are always spinning.  Always turning around through the same orbit even as they move away from the center and grow. A natural choice of subject matter for a nature artist! I work at home with my… Read more »

My Gift To You: Free Printable Fungi Art

Free printable fungi art by Jenny Hoople of Authentic Arts

My Christmas present to you:  Free printable fungi art!  I made up printable PDFs of black and white fungi photos I took myself and you can opt-in here to get unlimited free printing access, click here to claim your free prints. Print them out on photo paper, put them in simple black frames and you… Read more »

Wabi Sabi Fall: Monday Nature Inspiration

  Fall is a bittersweet beauty for me.  I hate being cold!  But a beauty that’s bittersweet can be the most meaningful, the most touching. Here’s a wabi sabi fall nature moment to bring some beauty to your Monday morning.  Mondays deserve to be enjoyed instead of dreaded! Click here to share this on Facebook… Read more »

Things That Branch: An Art Story

A new spirit animal painting by Jenny Hoople of Authentic Arts

I don’t always know when I sit down to make a piece of art why I’m making it. I’ve learned to let my intuition run with it and look for the meaning afterwards.  I always find that my subconscious was unearthing meaning and making connections that my conscious mind was unaware of. We all do… Read more »

The Otherness Of Moss, Lichen And Fungi

Free printable moss, fungi and lichen nature prints by Jenny Hoople of Authentic Arts.

What is it that’s so enchanting about moss, fungi and lichen?  Ever since they evolved, flowering plants have diversified and multiplied covering the earth with their endless, mundane variety.  Flowering plants are great, don’t get me wrong, but what really enchants me is the strangeness of moss, fungi and lichen! One recurring theme in my… Read more »

Nature Art Inspiration From A Mountaintop In Mexico

Inspiration is everywhere!  In this case, a super strange seedpod I found on top of el Cerro de Culiacan (the dormant volcano by my in-law’s town here in Mexico.) The pod came from a huge conifer/yew/something… I have no idea what the trees are, but they really know how to make interestingly textured shapes. The top… Read more »

This Is My New Year’s Wish For You:

This is my new year's wish for you: Mountain streams, chickadee calls, filtered sunlight, tendrils creeping, fish splashing, the intricate patterns of different barks, fairy rings of fungi, moments of quiet wonder. Everywhere. All the time. Even when you're stuck at the office or in line at the grocery store. May the beeping of registers become an organic chorus of frog calls thrumming, may your desk become a homage to forest glens and your bathroom an extension of the energy of the ocean. May seagulls call to you while you shower. Get your free stone meditation printables here jennyhoople.com/meditate

Mountain streams, chickadee calls, filtered sunlight, tendrils creeping, fish splashing, the intricate patterns of different barks, fairy rings of fungi, moments of quiet wonder. Everywhere. All the time. Even when you’re stuck at the office or in line at the store. May the beeping of registers become an organic chorus of frog calls thrumming, may… Read more »

The Quiet Magic Of Moths

Beautiful Moth - art inspiration at the natural history museum, click through for more pictures!

What is so fascinating about moths?  Another trip to the local natural history museum and once again, I found myself over by the moths, squinting at their fascinating antennae. One of the best things about moths is their subtlety.  Their quiet earth tones sing me into a reverie.  Butterflies are pretty, to be sure, but moths are…beautiful…. Read more »

Clay Begins Again

I’ve challenged myself to finish a large ceramic sculpture by the end of this month (Follow me on Instagram for #hoopleclay sneek peeks!) Last month we went on a quest for feldspar and found so much more 🙂 Spent a lovely morning in Paoli, Wisconsin with #hooplebaby getting #hoopleclay ingredients 😀 Follow me on Instagram… Read more »

Every Place Is Sacred

Do you think where you're sitting right now isn't a sacred place?

Do you think where you’re sitting right now isn’t a sacred place? The guys are fishing and I’m bathing in fresh breezes, swaying branches and the life-blood-flow of an ancient river. The indigenous peoples called this river Sinnissippi, “rocky waters”. Every place is sacred if you look closely enough.   Wishing you a weekend full… Read more »