Creativity Outdoors

It feels like a totally different experience when you pack up your art materials and take them outdoors. You are off on an adventure and unless you have a something in mind, you create things you discover on your walk or the view before you. I create  mixed media sketches on my walks. Using watercolours,…

Walking with the Ancients

My creativity is inspired by the natural world around us.  To walk amongst ancient trees is my most inspirational place to be.  I’ve had the pleasure to work with these fine trees through my work in the Conservation Sector over the last 17 years. I love looking up to see shapes and faces in their…

The one red leaf…

‘The one red leaf, the last of its clan, That dances as often as dance it can, Hanging so light, and hanging so high, On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.’ – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) –   Red Acer Leaf photographed today in Hergest Croft Gardens, Herefordshire. The light…

5 Tips for Painting with Plants

This week I was Painting with Plants with colleagues at the Woodland Trust.  It’s an exciting time to discover the colours of nature.  I’ve added some top tips below so you can have a go.

Painting Plen Air

Yesterday I was excited  to be heading outside in the sunshine to sketch in the landscape, to feel the sun on my face and sketch what I see in front of me. I’m capturing the landscapes in my local area. These are the hills I see on my travels and I know their names. I…

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…