#sketchacrosstheworld Countdown

It’s five days to go before Sketch Across the World and I’m so excited to see who will join in from around the world. If you’ve just arrived at my blog, I’ve included a few steps on how you can join in. If you are still deciding on what you are going to do, head…

Notice the little things…

On my wander today, I came across the perfect place to sketch, on the root of a Beech tree covered in moss. Earlier, I had been thinking about those who might prefer to sketch the things they discover on their walks, the little things. So today was about noticing the little things. Nature will bear…

Painting on Wood

Last weekend with snow on the ground, I stepped out of my comfort zone in my moonboots (so anything is possible), to try out painting my view with my #turneracrylgouache paints from @turnercolourworks on wood which I primed the night before  in preparation. I applied two coats of white primer onto my piece of plyboard,…

Winter Sketching

To look, to see, to understand, to capture – however imperfectly – is to be part of the land in a way like no other. Jan Blencowe – Art-quotes.com I always carry my art materials with me, just in case I get an opportunity to sketch. Sometimes I have a strong urge to sketch and…

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…

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…