Seaside Sketching

There’s nothing like a visit to the sea to start a New Year. With the wind in your hair and salty air in your lungs, it feels like a refreshing process. Whilst spending a few days in North Wales in a lovely creative retreat nestled close to woods, rivers, sea and mountains called Y Gribyn…

Sketching in Limousin

With my bags all packed and ready to go, I was excited to be heading off on a trip to France. The Lofoten Islands in Norway was the first time I had sketched whilst abroad. I loved this experience so much I wanted to make it part of my future travels. It’s just about being…

Painting with the Wind

Today I was bursting to try something new with the help of the elements. Wrapped up ready for the weather, I stepped out  and up onto Hergest Ridge. With the wind in my face and the rain pounding my jacket, I walked the route taken by hoof and foot before me. It’s a well trodden…

Sketching with Siwan Gillick

Out through the door and into the fresh morning air I went, to meet Siwan Gillick, a creator of landscapes on canvas of the abstract kind. One of her paintings hangs on the wall in my flat and inspires me everyday to read the land in a different way. As we walk up onto the…

Artists together

As the mist and heavy dew was lifting outside, on my Sketchbook Friday,  I wandered out to meet an inspiring Shropshire artist, Alice Savery from Alice Draws the Line, who was heading over for a creative morning. I was excited to be meeting another artist and a chance to see things with different eyes. The…

Bold Colour

  Out of the drawer and onto the palette, I wanted to explore the boldness of  colour, indoors this time. Acrylics are not my usual choice for my sketchbook, but recently I have been admiring Abstract Art and I have been inspired to have a go. With no preconceived pattern in my head, the paint…

Creative Walk at Kington Festival

  Out of the gallery we went and into the drizzle on our Kington Festival creative walk. The group were settled and excited; the rain drops were light and stayed with us as we discovered the pigments the plants hold tight. Under the tree canopy, Sue, Tricia, Penny and Kaye had a go at Painting…

Land-Art on the Beach

Off to the beach today for a creative time by the sea. A change in location is always good for experimenting with creativity.  Having grown up by the sea, the salty air takes me right back to those days playing on the beach. Today’s  play time started with a bit of landart. I discovered some…

Sketching on Wapley Hill

Into the sunshine I went with art materials tucked under my arm,  to discover and sketch my view. The  trees were calling today and so I headed to Wapley Hill Fort near Presteigne in The Welsh Marches. You can wander up hill, through the  trees, to reach an Iron Age Hill fort at the top….

Painting in the Highlands

Last weekend I travelled up to the Highland Folk Museum in the Cairngorms to take part in the Forest Festival event.  This event shares knowledge about Ancient Woodlands, traditional woodland activities and crafts.  Painting with Plants was the perfect activity, placed in the Ancient Township, nestled amongst the traditional timber framed buildings with roofs made…