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 …

Little Pots of Love

Every Flower is a Soul Blossoming in Nature Gerard De Nerval My little travelling companions were thrilled to be reunited with their colourful scented friends. Nature’s Beauty Cultivates Gratitude I am truly grateful for the flowers on this sacred new day, for their vibrant colour and beauty – softening the dominating grey harshness of the city buildings….what a joy! We don’t need …

Finding Nature in the City

I do not have to go to the forest in order to nurture my creativity, be inspired, or bring forth the child within, one single tree can ignite my imagination beyond belief, a single leaf can leave me spellbound by its intricate detail. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to …

Playful Nature Art

Nature Art is Playful, Simple, Beautiful and Organic Meet Rufus, one of my Rosehip Beings I created today. I love the ready made crowns that appear on these rustic looking rosehips – making it the perfect head for a little Prince or Princess – simply adorable. There was a hint of Autumn in the air as I walked past the rose bushes. The delicate rose …

NATURE ART IN THE CITY

  The infinite imagination of childhood is the most wonderful thing in the world This vast world of make believe is ever present in my heart as I wander the noisy streets of the city in search of nature’s magic.     It isn’t long before I am gifted a delightful offering from Mother Earth….this curious crow led me to a …

HOW TO GET INTIMATE WITH NATURE IN THE CITY

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder… he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson The truth is young children are naturally intimate with nature. The problem is a young child cannot venture out to …

VITAMIN N CHALLENGE

The Children and Nature Network invited me to take the Vitamin N challenge as one of the challenge bloggers and social networkers to help connect children families and communities to the natural world. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv’s new book, was written to encourage widespread, diverse and accessible action to nature. Richard states, “It’s not …

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything

Getting Intimate with Nature We lack an intimacy with nature – children’s opportunity for direct and spontaneous contact with nature is a vanishing experience of childhood, partly due to the fact that we as adults rarely get intimate with nature. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”. Carl Sagan During my walk last Saturday I came …