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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…