Kington Walking Festival

Kington Walking Festival starts this week and on Friday 20th September, I’m leading a creative walk, Sketching a Sense of Place. It’s fully booked and I just needed to walk my route over the weekend to plan ahead. There is a good mix of woodland, open hill for views, and different materials for people to…

Sketch Time…

It’s time for Sketch Across the World this weekend! Let’s head outside to sketch and connect with nature. This weekend is an opportunity for you to EXPLORE your surroundings. To share where you are in the World and to be inspired by others creations. Maybe there will be a story behind the sketch, something to…

#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…

Kington Walking Festival

What a glorious sunny day we had today for the ‘Discovering Nature’s Colours’ Walk as part of Kington Walking Festival. We were lucky to be able to explore at The Rhodd’s Farm, Lyonshall with thanks to Cary and Richard. Our aim today was to connect with nature around us, learn the plant names and capture…

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…

All Weather Sketching

Yay, it’s Sketchbook Friday and today I met up with Siwan Gillick (Abstract Landscape Artist) for a wander up the Skirrid Fawr Mountain near Abergavenny. Through the rain drops we walked amongst the atmospheric wood, discovering nature along the way. My first bluebell flower of the season greeted us amongst the wood anemones. We met…

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…

Sketching with ink

With the sunshine out and new #jherbin inks arrived, I was itching to take them onto Hergest Ridge to explore sketching with these new gorgeous colours. A few weeks ago Josephine Birch (Artist), pulled out a bottle of Cacao du Bresil from her bag. As soon as I saw it in her sketchbook I had…

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…

Painting with Peat

With a spring in my step and the need for climbing the hills today, I headed up to Bache Hill Trig Point, seeing as I know the landowner very well. On my walk up the hill I passed the ancient Barrow Mound on my left, which I admired the view from. I noticed the barrow…