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…

Castlerigg Stone Circle

I was very excited to visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, on an adventure near Keswick.  It’s an amazing place to visit, nestled on a hill top; the plateau it sits on forms a raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells. I was able to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria,…

Small Adventures…

A little budding artist joined me on my walk today. As we wandered across the fields and spotted little things along the way, I was then asked, ‘ Are we going to draw now?’ Eager to start, we found a spot on the trunk of a fallen ash tree. ‘What shall we draw?’ he said. How…

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…