Drawing Sound

The next time you go on a walk, take notebook and pencil along with you and have a go. It’s 18 days until Sketch Across the World on the 2nd & 3rd May. Join me for some time-out to Sketch nature and share on Instagram tagging, #sketchacrosstheworld – link to further information on how to…

Sketching on Wapley Hill

Into the sunshine I went with art materials tucked under my arm,  to discover and sketch my view. The  trees were calling today and so I headed to Wapley Hill Fort near Presteigne in The Welsh Marches. You can wander up hill, through the  trees, to reach an Iron Age Hill fort at the top….

Discovering nature…

I’ve been out on adventures this week, around the garden, through the fields, into the  woods and to the sea. Whilst exploring, I’ve discovered nature before me that made its way back, in my hand, tucked on my hat and  rustling in my pockets as I wander along. What a collection to treasure, I feel…

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…

Painting Plein Air

Yesterday I was excited  to be heading outside in the sunshine to sketch in the landscape, to feel the sun on my face and sketch what I see in front of me. I’m capturing the landscapes in my local area. These are the hills I see on my travels and I know their names. I…

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  

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…