The most important thing is - start.
Remember, it’s only paper!
Get your sketchbook and pen or pencil
Go outside if you can
Take a few deep breaths and relax
Slow down, and……Read More
People often ask about the practical aspects of starting to keep a nature journal.
It seems straightforward. You need a book to draw and write in in, and something to draw/paint with.
The problems begin when you look at the huge range of different art tools and equipment available!
All that choice, and so many different options.
What to choose?Read More
Butterflies are simply gorgeous, aren't they? They're iconic, and so often portrayed as the very essence of nature.
These little beauties aren't just about looks, though. They benefit the environment as important pollinators with a key position the food chain, and act as indicators for the health of our ecosystems. Their fascinating life-cycle, (from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis) is one of the wonders of nature, and a great way to teach children about the natural world.
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One of my intentions with Drawn to Nature is to get more people drawing and keeping a sketchbook record of their journey. Why? Well, if you’re reading this you will already know that I’m fairly passionate about art and nature, and I love to share with like minded people!
There are other reasons too, one of which is that close observation creates a whole new level about how you see the world. Everyday things and occurrences become interesting, exciting and often quite beautiful, when you look at them from a different perspective.Read More
When I’m outside in my garden, or walking around my nature journaling patch it always makes me feel better. Yes, even in the pouring rain! Scientific studies have proved that engaging with nature can also make us kinder and more generous, and that in turn makes us feel happier and more grateful. This is wonderful, but, it shouldn't be a one way street.
Drawn Into Nature is about happiness and creativity, the first word of my strapline though, is ‘Care’. Our world faces so many threats and uncertainties for the future; nature needs all the help she can get.
This year, April 22nd has been designated Earth Day. To mark this , I’m setting myself an ongoing challenge to Sow Hope for Nature; and I invite you to join me.....Read More
Nature and creativity make for a happier, healthier, and more connected life. I'm trying to engage more fully with the natural world, finding wonder in the ordinary and everyday; through nature journaling, in my wildlife garden, and seeing what's happening in my local patch. I'm learning to slow down, become more mindful and grateful, and doing my bit to protect our planet! Join me?
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