Nature’s Colours

For my #momentsketchers this month I’ve been connecting with nature through #paintingwithplants  Painting with Plants involves taking a leaf or flower between your finger tips and rubbing it across the page. The pigment from the plant goes onto the paper. It’s an activity you would imagine doing as a child, exploring colour around you. Spring is the perfect…

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…

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…

How to draw sound

I had a wonderful day walking and drawing sound in the sunshine in the Brecon Beacons yesterday.  Heading into the hills, it was a day to capture the sounds from the season. I was so surprised with the amount of insect life, which joined me on my page, all interested in what I was doing….

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…

Discovering nature…

I’ve been out on adventures this week, around the garden, through the fields, into the  woods and to the sea. Whilst exploring, I’ve discovered nature before me that made its way back, in my hand, tucked on my hat and  rustling in my pockets as I wander along. What a collection to treasure, I feel…

Painting with Mulberries

Yesterday I had a creative adventure with three visitors, Hilary, Emma and Ros, who are on holiday in the area.    On our creative amble we discovered a mulberry tree with fruit ready to pick. Wondering what colour it would produced, we all made our mark on the communal sketchbook. All very impressed with the…

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…

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.

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…