Welcome to Mindfully Creative, a synthesis of Creativity, Mindfulness & Nature. I offer a range of creative classes & courses including experimental drawing & painting, life drawing, Zentangle, mandala drawing & well-being walks. I also produce and sell my own original art work from my studio at Paddock Art Studios. I hope you enjoy exploring this site and look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to join me for any events or to buy some of my work.
Walking can help us re-connect with ourselves and nature and develop a sense of wholeness and peace that’s hard to find in our frequently hectic daily lives. A walk creates space to become very present with every step, breath, sight and sound as we explore the countryside in all seasons. I no longer run a programme of walks but can lead mindful walks for groups on request.
Enjoy exploring a range of experimental approaches to art through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media and mono-printing. Working from both observation and the imagination there will be guided exercises, an opportunity for individual projects and occasional collaborative work. These courses are suitable for beginners as well more experienced artists and offer the opportunity to widen your creative expression, address creative ‘blocks’ and encourage more spontaneity and mindfulness in making art.
Encouraging you to free up and discover how to tap in to your natural creative flow. Mainly practical in nature you will have the chance to explore different materials and techniques – drawing, painting, mono-printing, collage and pattern making. The days will incorporate short mindfulness practices to bring you into the NOW of being creative.
Co-led with choreographer & dancer Virginia Farman
Entertaining the possibility that moving is drawing in space and drawing is dancing on the page, Dance & Draw will experiment with dancing and drawing as a method to liberate self- expression.
The day will weave together a variety of movement and drawing practices including 5 rhythms, mark-making with charcoal, painting with colour, witnessing & authentic movement. No previous experience of dancing or drawing required.
Encouraging a natural and expressive approach to drawing the figure from life and learning to understand and relate to the human form through gesture, contour, texture and tone using a variety of media. Classes will introduce you to a range of techniques and approaches – some more classical and some more experimental – encouraging good observational skills as well as creative expression.
The Zentangle method is paradoxical and wonderful in the way the simple method that anyone can learn has the potential to open the gates to a flow of creativity and create a sense peace and relaxation. The method involves learning how to draw patterns one step at a time, with mindful attention, and put these patterns together to create beautiful images. The possibilities are endless!
I love to experiment with different approaches and media – printmaking, collage, drawing and painting – and thrive on the challenge of using contrast and variety in my work. I enjoy engaging with carefully and mindfully controlled pen strokes as much as working expressively and spontaneously with paint and mixed media. My current focus is exploring the repertoire & gesture of marks made by movement & dance inspired by music. I work very viscerally, spontaneously and directly with materials on paper.