A Ruin with a View

I am often asked where do your ideas come from Marghanita? My answer – “from exploring and playing with nature.” It’s a very free-flowing, spontaneous and organic process; observing my surroundings with an open heart and mind. For example, last Tuesday, dare I say, I escaped the city of Edinburgh and headed for the Fife coast. During a coastal walk I …

Nature In the City

My little travelling companions were delighted to find poppies – these will make this most adorable little friends for the fairies to play with. Just 2 minutes off the busy High Street we found this wonderful green space, gifting time to reflect. Peace, joy and imaginative play become life’s constant companions when the heart is open to the benefits of nature. …

NATURE, ART AND MUSIC: THE JOY OF LEARNING

Continuing the journey of the “Stories and Music from the Spirit of the Trees” a nature art project consisting of 12 workshops – inspired by the beautiful branch flute music – “Butterfly Blue” by Jon Sherman. Workshop 4: Musical Instruments made from nature What animals, birds or insects do we think of when we hear the gentle jingle of a bell …

Respond to every call that excites your spirit

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” – Rumi And so I did – nature is forever calling our spirit to come and play….to dance and sing and create… The golden amber and rusty earth tones of the Beech leaves danced in the winter sun. Creating a glow that could not be ignored. The gentle breeze swirled it’s way …

FROZEN NATURE ART

The little ponds opposite the House of Parliament (here in Edinburgh, UK) were frozen much to the delight of a group of foreign adults who had never seen ice before. They were breaking off pieces of ice and throwing it back onto the frozen surface smashing it into a hundred pieces, just as a child would do – so wonderful to …

Peace is Within

We can all feel a little overwhelmed at times, especially at this time of year. Sometimes finding peace can be challenging in the chaos. For me, time in nature helps me tap into my inner peace. I love all the seasons, however I secretly wish to hold onto Autumn just a little bit longer. This beautiful Beech tree with it’s cascading copper …

Creative Outdoor Spaces – Simple Art Table

The creative process is magical, enchanting and ancient and I cannot think of a more inspiring place to nurture a child’s creativity than outdoors in nature. The Artist in Each of Us “Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all …

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 …