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…

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…

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…

Sketching in the Brecon Beacons

Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons Into the mountains I went, to stretch my legs, connect with nature and sketch what I could see.  I was graced by the beautiful weather and on the first evening I heard the curlews calling me. They take me back to an ancient time, it feels like a sound from…

Sunshine to a flower…

On a wander around the garden this evening, this snakeshead fritillary, with its beautiful pattern, caught my eye in the evening light. “Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Laughter is to the soul what sunshine is to a flower.” Peggy Toney Horton   You can follow my Instagram feed @thewalkingsketchbook  

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…