The Painted Diaries – February (part3)

After journeying with so many bright and vibrant colours this month, it felt so relaxing to move into the rich terrain of neutrals and earth tones: Out of all the colours I explored this month, grey surprised me the most. When I looked through the scraps I had placed into the grey box, it seemed …

30 days of yoga (part 1)

I’m starting to cotton on to the fact that if I want to make something happen in my life I have to document it in my art journal! What better way to get back into a regular yoga practice than to create an art journaling challenge around it? This is the plan: Part 1: 30 …

The earth becomes damp

A side effect of this project is that I am starting to learn the names of the trees, plants and flowers I see around me. How can I draw a blossoming tree branch without enquiring what kind of tree it is? This week, I consulted the Woodland Trust app to try and discover what species …

The Painted Diaries – February (part 2)

Things have been warming up this last week in The Painted Diaries with some reds, pinks, oranges and yellows. I am finding it so therapeutic spending this time sticking scraps of paper down onto the page, without having to think about what I'm trying to say or what it means! It is so lovely to feel …

Fish swim upstream, breaking the ice

It has been so bright and sunny these past few days. It really feels like spring is here. I never realised there were so many flowers this early in the year! I took a photo of these sunny crocuses a couple of days ago while on a walk through my local park and then drew …

Dormant Creatures Start to Twitch

I felt so joyous when I came across these snowdrops, like lanterns lighting the way to spring. I've been walking through the local park almost every day since I moved to Crouch End a couple of years ago. But I feel that it's only now I am starting to actually see the park. Since I …

The Painted Diaries – February (part 1)

This month in The Painted Diaries daily art project is all about colour. I was so excited when I heard of this theme, especially as February can often seem to be a little dreary outside. In preparation, I decided to do a major trawl through my stash and gather together piles and puddles of colour. I loved …

East Wind Melts the Ice

After creating a sketchbook specially for the micro-seasons creative journey project, I suddenly felt very unsure of myself. After all, I am not a nature sketcher, or even a sketcher at all. What's more, I don't "know anything" about plants and trees and flowers. How can I commit myself to a year of paying attention …

Micro-seasons creative journey

This year, I’d like to use my creativity as a way to get outdoors and connect with nature in my everyday life. Following the 72 micro-seasons of the ancient Japanese calendar, I plan to document the changes in the micro-season, in nature, and within myself in relation to all of this. The journey begins today!