Forest Bathing

Into the woodland I went today, looking  for spring-time signs, flowers and buds emerging, to smell the woodland air and breathe it in, to listen to the bird soundscape with the water flowing over the waterfalls. It was a real treat for the senses, as I wandered by, touching the bark on the trees and…

Castlerigg Stone Circle

I was very excited to visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, on an adventure near Keswick.  It’s an amazing place to visit, nestled on a hill top; the plateau it sits on forms a raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells. I was able to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria,…

Small Adventures…

A little budding artist joined me on my walk today. As we wandered across the fields and spotted little things along the way, I was then asked, ‘ Are we going to draw now?’ Eager to start, we found a spot on the trunk of a fallen ash tree. ‘What shall we draw?’ he said. How…

Nature’s Time…

On my wander today spring was in the air. The lambs were racing each other along the banks and I discovered my first wood anemones. They were tucked up in an old hedge making the most of the sunshine.   Hello they said as they caught my eye, pulling me closer to inspect their fine…

Sketching & LandArt

Just as my Moon Boots thought their time was up for another year, they were on and we were out ready to create, whatever the weather. The vibrant sulphur- yellow of the Witch Hazel caught my eye against the snow as I wandered by. I could feel their excitement as I took the time to…

Into the fresh air…

I’m excited  to see what I discover on my creative walk this weekend. I love spending time sketching Outdoors  in nature.

Spring is here!

Out on my nature walk today, the exciting burst of colour captivated me. The carpet of vivid purple crocuses were a treat to see, with their bright yellow stamens pointing up to the sky. You can’t miss them as they wave back and forth in the breeze, as the sun shines it’s spotlight onto them….

Sketching in the Snow

I’ve been snowed in for a few days following Storm Emma, bringing those icy winds our way and blowing the snow into sculptural drifts throughout the Countryside. The sunshine was bright, so I ventured out all wrapped up, with my camera and Sketchbook in hand, heading into a foot of snow, to see what caught…

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…