URBAN NATURE ART – Blossoms in Yale Town

I love visiting Vancouver, it’s always bursting with life, especially in Spring, providing oodles of inspiration for my work as an artist and an educator. I had a full day of workshops at a school in Kitsilano on Wednesday but had time on Tuesday afternoon to explore the city. Walking around I came across this magical sight of pink and white …

Flower Fairy Fun

One of my favourite artists is the late Cicely Barker, the creator of the magical and enchanting flower fairies. Today we were exploring the flower fairies of Spring. Here in the Okanagan, we patiently await the birth of the first native sunflowers – the golden Balsamic Arrowroot. While we wait, we search for other little alpine flowers, buttercups and dandelions. …

We Protect What We Love Posters

It gives me great pleasure to offer a printed version of our very popular “We Protect What We Love” Posters, featuring my children’s book character Orange Moon There are 4 posters to choose from, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Please note the spelling of realise is the English version. if you prefer the North American spelling with a Z please make sure …

A is for Acorn

It really sadened me to read that the word Acorn has been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.     They may have removed the word Acorn from the dictionary but let us make sure Acorns and the Mighty Oaks are not lost from our hearts or our beautiful and sacred language!     I do not have to go …

We Are All Beautiful – The Power of Storytelling

I believe we can all be storytellers and Mother Nature is the best storyteller of all. She also provides us with the most wonderful natural materials to explore, play with and help create our very own stories. It’s through nature play that I discover more about myself, the environment in which I live and it’s where stories find me. WATCH …

Barefoot is more fun!

Kissing the warm earth with my naked feet is so good for my whole being. I love to go barefoot! Today I was pulling up garlic and what a thrill it was to wiggle my toes in the soil as I pulled gently on a stem of garlic. I know your not meant to pull but I just wanted to …

The Benefits of Nature Art

I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year and what an absolute joy it is to share this creative journey with such an incredible little being. We have been returning to the lake, forest and garden. During our …

The Travelling Mini Me

My last class with my special needs student Elise was bitter-sweet – I felt sad and very emotional as it was not only our last class of the term but the last class for a long, long time… Elise and her family are leaving BC but I am super happy to know they are embarking on a new life in …

Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …