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
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
House sparrows are in decline in the UK. Never did I think that I'd see the day these funny, friendly little birds, in their vast numbers would become endangered. It was unthinkable. We don't know why they're in decline, but, like many other species they now need our help to survive.
As I watched our flock of sparrows this week, I was reminded that until the end of last year we had never had one in our wildlife garden. We changed the seed mix we use, and, wham!Read More
I suspect a lot of you are watchers, and probably feeders, of the visitors to your garden. One of the favourite guests to our feeding stations are grey squirrels. Yes, they can do a lot of damage; we continually need to replace our peanut dispensers, and rescue tulip bulbs, but what fun they are to watch! If I'm feeling a bit low on a gloomy day, these characters never fail to cheer me up with their wonderful games and acrobatics.
Who needs a sports channel for entertainment? ' The Squirrel Games' are much more exciting - and there are no adverts!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?