Nature Inspired

As the ferns are uncurling, this is the time of year which I love the most. Everything awakening, a festival of colour in every direction you walk. I’ve been making the most of the sunshine, sketching in the landscape. Whilst on my walk I discovered these beautiful Early Purple Orchids, amongst Bluebells, Primroses and a…

Sketching in the Brecon Beacons

Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons Into the mountains I went, to stretch my legs, connect with nature and sketch what I could see.  I was graced by the beautiful weather and on the first evening I heard the curlews calling me. They take me back to an ancient time, it feels like a sound from…

Sunshine to a flower…

On a wander around the garden this evening, this snakeshead fritillary, with its beautiful pattern, caught my eye in the evening light. “Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Laughter is to the soul what sunshine is to a flower.” Peggy Toney Horton   You can follow my Instagram feed @thewalkingsketchbook  

Lion’s Tooth

I’ve been settling into a new job in the tree world and this is why I’ve been quiet.  With bursts of sunshine peeping through those grey clouds, I was itching to get out for a wander with my sketchbook and paints to take in the  gardens’ display of rainbow colours before me.  It was the…

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. Instagram: @thewalkingsketchbook

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…