The Uffington White Horse

Today I’ve been wandering in an ancient landscape and was greeted by LandArt that dates back to the Iron Age, maybe even the Bronze Age.  I stood before the Uffington White Horse, on White Horse Hill in Oxfordshire, with my sketching materials ready, my blackwing pencil in hand, ready to capture this magical landscape. (Uffington…

Colours of Nature

Discovering the Iris’s on the lawn recently, made me think about how they  brighten our surroundings, providing us with renewed energy. The colours of nature emerge as a spectacular display, their moment to say, “we are here”. We don’t realise the importance of colour in our lives. This is my favourite time of year, my…

Inspired by Plants

As seeds lie dormant in the colder weather and trees rest for the winter, I’m dreaming of spring time already. The burst of colour and life makes spring time my favourite time of year. It is a time when I can discover new plants, learn their names and create new sketches and stories about nature’s…

New Year Adventure

Today I wandered to a place which inspires me about my past travels. Water-Break-Its-Neck is a middle-earth kind of place, with a huge tumbling waterfall nestled in a ravine in Radnorshire. As I look up, I see trees clinging to the rocks and dangling down the banks, dripping with mosses and lichens. I’m instantly transported…

Winter Solstice

Adopt the pace of Nature; Her secret is patience. –Ralph Waldo Emerson–  

Winter Wonderland

I woke this morning to hear that we are in Narnia and we need to find Aslan! A magical winter wonderland was waiting for us on the other side of the wardrobe door. With my camera in my pocket, moon-boots on my feet and wrapped up warm, we headed out. Snowflakes were still falling, landing…

Inspired by Light

Those who know me would say I’m like a moth to light when I’m walking out with my camera, I love to capture nature bathed in natural light. Creating nature’s lantern’s at this time of year is extra special. The photograph of a Hornbeam tree seed capsule above,   is one I took a few…

Creative Inspiration

I went sketching with Iris Glimmerveen from Woodland Inspirations today, who ran a project called Secrets and Senses.  The project was about connecting people with nature, using their senses to improve Health and Well-Being. Iris is having some creative time today and trying out my Walking Sketchbook Kit.  We are in the garden at Hergest,…

A Palette of Autumn Colours

The day started with a frosty crisp to the ground, so I left it until the afternoon to head out with my sketchbook, wrapped up warm and excited about my sketching adventure. I’m captivated by the incredible Autumn colours at Hergest. I’ve not wandered far to get a collection of red leaves- not only this…

Inspired by the Gingko

I’m sat under the Gingko Biloba tree in Hergest Croft gardens. I had an urge to be with this tree and sketch its leaf today. The busy week is floating away as I breathe in the smell of Autumn. The sun is shining and the wind has picked up the rustling leaves in the trees….

Inspired

“Thank you for inspiring me to be creative! You are a brilliant teacher and really good at making people believe they can have a go. I have been so excited about the idea of painting all day!”   Sharon Thomas

Sketching at Hergest Croft Gardens

Today, I’ve been out in the sunshine sketching in Hergest Croft Gardens.  I was exploring the treasures that Autumn brings us, with the beautiful  palette of leaf colours fluttering from the trees before me.  The beech leaves and seed husks caught my eye and a few made it into my pocket. I found the perfect…