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Lindsay Nohl  In love with contemplation, the natural world, coffee, + patterns. ∞ Founder @lightgreyartlab, instructor @MCAD, designer at Paper Bicycle.

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Just a couple more days until I depart for this year's @lightgreyartlab Iceland Residency Program! I think I am ready.
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I am looking forward to being inspired, to be challenged, and to be free from some of my current responsibilities-- even if it's for a moment.
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I just picked 4 cherry tomatoes from my garden and ate them with the vigor I'll attempt to sustain during my travels. Adventure awaits!
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Here's a drawing I finished this morning at Fika, at the American Swedish Institute this morning as we were checking out the Huldufólk show from the 2015 artists in residence. I have some work up there as well for a few more days! So if you want to take a look, you should!.
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#iceland #illustration #art #wildflowers #naturelovers #sketchbook #botanicals #nature #drawing #sketch

I'm making herbal tea blends tonight. This one is for cosmic vision, visualization, and empowerment. It smells like orange peel, black pepper and cloves.
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This process mirrors the way I feel about approaching just about everything-- research, review, trial, reflection, adjustment, completion, and celebration.
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And in a lot of ways the process of making tea is completely amazing. Flavors, effects, colors, smells, and ratios are all very very special to the moment I'm putting them all together. I like thinking what I make tonight will mimic tonight's mood, and what I make tomorrow will mirror tomorrow's feelings. I guess I feel the same way about making anything, really... today's perspective creates today's reality.
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I'm looking forward to bringing some of these teas to Iceland next week where I'm hoping to have a moment to sip them in quiet out under the arctic sky.
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#botanicals #tea #herbs #mortarandpestle #spells #tonic #witchcraft #vision

Hey! Come camping with me this September in Minnesota's gorgeous Lake Maria State Park! :)
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#Repost @lightgreyartlab
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Join Naturalist @mosswoodland and Light Grey Art Lab's @paperbicycle on 22-24 September for our 3 day 2 night Creative Nature Camp.
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Plein Air Paint / Sketch via Canoeing the Serene Lake Maria.
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Learn Practical Bushcraft Skills Such as Fire-lighting, Plant Identification and Nettle Cordage Making
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Create a Field Guide of Local Trees, Fungi, and Animal Tracks During Instructional Hikes with Naturalist Matt Moss
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Camp Under the Stars and Enjoy a Workshop in Baking Bannock, a Traditional Rustic Sweet Bread
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Meals, Camping Equipment & Transportation From Minneapolis, MN are Included
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Check the link in @lightgreyartlab 's bio to sign up! :) Hope you can join us!

#lgal #lightgreyartcamp #lightgreyartgallery #lightgreyartlab #minneapolis #minnesota #explore #camp #adventure #naturalist #lakemaria #learn #campcraft #nature #outdoors

Had a little break between business plans and Iceland Residency preparations to make a little drawing.
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It feels kind of self indulgent to sketch when I have a million things on fire, but sometimes you just have to have a minute to decompress.
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#botanicals #wildflowers #nature #sketch #sketchbook #penandink

I'm going to lay on the floor and recreate this snake pile with my cats. Found these cuddly friends at he Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
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#minnesota #nature #naturelovers #snakes #wildflowers #botanicals

Just 9 days before I head back to Iceland to lead the 2017 Light Grey Art Lab Iceland Residency in the North-- where I'll be on the look-out for Blueberries and Crowberries to pick during quiet hikes.
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In the first couple years of visiting my timing was perfect, and as we drove, we would stop and fill our empty gas-station coffee cups with ripe berries, snacking on them as we went deeper into the country.
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My knees have been acting a bit funny lately, which makes me think my berry-picking moments will have to be deliberate and I'll just have to lay down in the patch while I gather them-- a method I haven't tried but feel like it could be nice. At least all of my clothes are black, so if I'm lying on top of my feast the stains might just blend in--and I'll likely need some time to relax anyway.
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My neighbors have a robust blueberry bush outside right now. A manicured, lush, fertilized plant that looks much different than the wild ones of Iceland. Either way, I have them on my mind-- and I'm looking forward to my adventure in a couple of days.
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The applications for the 2018 Iceland Residency Program are open right now : Lightgreyartlab.com if you're interested in traveling with us next year! More details on the site:)
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#botanicals #illustration #art #sketch #sketchbook #blueberries #iceland

The Ace of Wands - initiation, possibility, spontaneous action, creativity, and the spark that has the potential to ignite these things in others.
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Oak is a symbol of longevity, endurance, and ancient wisdom.
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I made this little gouache painting of an English Oak branch for @mosswoodland 's birthday -- a symbolic nod to his infinite potential, his creativity and his enthusiasm. You're doing good things, Matt! Glad to be working with you on all sorts of insane projects. :)
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#oak #gouache #painting #botanicals #art #illustration #nature #tarot

To live with a sense of hungry curiosity and to treat my days like part of a big scavenger hunt-- I am going to look everywhere. I'll be exploring. I'll be studying, and combing through, and inspecting everything with a fevered tempo.
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--Because my dad says that 'happiness is indulging your interests' and I believe him. So when your main interest is learning--everything feels like a success. It feels like progress.
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I am learning how to learn, better. To be immersive, and expressive, and expansive with this curiosity of mine.
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Jade, my white lady cat, has made a den in my bookshelf behind my antique books. She spends days behind the dusty tomes doing important work but will never tell me exactly what...
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#cats #brehmstierleben #mystic #books #bookshelf #learning #curiosity

I recognize you from somewhere... but where?
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I have this feeling we have always known one another-- as if we had always been, and always would be. I know you so well-- how you feel, who you are, and yet here we are, meeting each other for the first time.
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I read a book that said there are a finite number of souls that wander through life after life, meeting and departing, infinitely. That as we pass on, the fog of amnesia clouds our memories and we are left with only hints of what was between us a million times before. We reconnect via an instinctive magnetism-- with a fierce gravity that tempts us closer-- masquerading as serendipity, chance, and coincidence. But we always will be, forever drawn together.
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Because of this I keep my eyes open. Wide open. Are you there? ...Is that you?
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I took this photo on the shore of Ruby Beach in Washington. A beautifully moody day-- always my favorite.
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#soul #nature #contemplation #washingtonstate #rubybeach #philosophy #lightgreyartcamp #lightgreyartlab #wanderlust #pacificnorthwest

I have a fantasy and it looks like this. Silence, sunset, and a still mind.
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From yesterday's canoe ride at Lake Nokomis. It was a beautiful end to a very taxing day. Thank goodness for the natural world and its incredible power to heal. I feel good.
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#lakenokomis #minnesota #lake #nature #sunset #stillness

I believe that if you're listening, you can hear your echo in the souls of other people. That you can be a mirror and a muse for someone also searching.
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I find my personal breakthroughs in the times when I can hear myself reflect in good company -- when I spill my thoughts freely (with words, or on paper, or with the passion in my eyes) --and we dance together in a waltz of expression, response, contemplation. Expression, response, contemplation.
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These are the small honest moments where I really see someone clearly, and in doing so, I am revealed.
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Here is a photo of one of my favorite quiet moments with @knuckletank on Trestle Bridge on Vancouver Island. Just sitting and writing and searching.
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#vancouverisland #trestlebridge #goldstreamprovencialpark #journal

Sketching tonight to unwind. I've been itching to do a gouache painting for a while and figured tonight was a good night to start planning for one.
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#sketch #art #drawing #illustration #fieldguide #nature #botanicals #birds

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