Time in nature feeds my soul

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of God-light’ in the woods of our experience.” ― C.S. Lewis Just a few minutes walk from the city centre I enter a golden cathedral full of beauty, wonder …

We are not separate – we are nature

I see ourselves, nature and art as inseparable. The environment is not somewhere else Nature is not somewhere you go to – it is everywhere and we are part of it. This series of photographs did not set out as a project, in-fact it began as just an ordinary day walking in the city when, in the distance a golden …

The best friend on earth of man is the tree

Today I had the pleasure of spending sometime with this majestic giant…a beautiful, enriching and quenching time. Madly in love with Trees! This love affair with trees began in childhood when I climbed my first Silver Birch and has grown deeper and more intimate over the years. The trees are my friends; forever nurturing my soul… Trees are a constant source of inspiration for my work and …

Five Fun Nature Art Activities To Do This Week

Falling in Love with Nature couldn’t be easier – here’s a few simple meaningful nature-based art activities you can do this week. Build a Fairy House or Den Build a Fairy House or Den using fallen branches and all those beautiful Autumn coloured leaves – here’s a FREE PDF Booklet on Build a Fairy House and Den Simply provide an opportunity for the …

The Wonder of Nature

Look with your heart and you’ll find the wonder of earth magic in every natural creation. These incredible delicate flowers – the Chinese Lantern plant ( Physalis alkekeng) -papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit had me jumping with excitement yesterday. The intricate detail in the almost lace-like form of the rotting lantern had me spellbound. Holding a …

Art and creativity are important throughout our lives

Children who are involved in the arts grow up to be curious and innovative adults. Every environment offers an abundance of creative inspiration whether you are living in the city or in the countryside. The stunning array of colours of the Mountain Ash inspired this little fairy – Rowan. I dressed her in a soft pink after appreciating the gentleness of the …

A Daily Dose of Vitamin N in the City

With no forest or mountain in view I head out into the city centre to find my daily dose of Vitamin N. Traffic was heavy and noisy drowning out any possible bird song as I waited to cross the road. Soon, however, trees seemed to appear around every corner, a much welcomed sight. And it didn’t take me long to come upon my first park …

Celebrating Red Squirrel Week with Nature Art

In celebration of Red Squirrel Week (28 September – 4 October 2016) I would like to share with you a simple Nature Art activity: Clay Squirrels. Our family absolutely adore squirrels, here is my eldest, many moons ago – playfully mimicking the grey bushy tailed creature. Squirrels are incredibly clever, playful and so cheeky and feature in my illustrated children’s books… Did you know squirrels can …

ENVIRONMENTAL ART IS INSEPARABLE FROM THE LAND

We Protect What We Love The problem we are faced with today is that many children and adults don’t have an intimate relationship with nature. Creating Nature Art can help children, youth, adults and elders come together and rekindle that love affair with the natural world. ENVIRONMENTAL ART IS INSEPARABLE FROM THE LAND The elements from which the art projects …