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  1. Watercolour Sketching Outdoors

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    Taking a morning break on the beach for a little bit of en plein air painting... A lovely quiet spot for just right for some nature therapy and absorb the peaceful atmosphere, familiar sounds of seagulls, oystercatchers and lapping waves on the beach...


    My attention was drawn to the rock formations reaching out into the sea, so I sat a while to paint...

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    This is a lovely activity to engage in with just a small sketchbook, pencil and some watercolour paints and a brush. You can do this anywhere just pop your kit in a small bag and set off for a walk in your favorite nature spot, cloud be the local park or even your own garden wherever you feel the most relaxed.

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  2. Biophilic Design Process - The Little owl

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    The biophilic design process for the creation of the Little Owl home decor collection. The little owl design story was too cute not to share. Spending a week visiting the nest area, taking care not to disturb the family of owls, taking photos, little film snippets and sketches. They were located in an old oak tree in a suburban park near to a children's playground! So I don't think they even noticed us being around.

     

    The collection captures the days leading up to the baby owlet finally deciding to fledge, this was such a special project for me as I love to create art directly out in nature being immersed in the environment.

     

    My design focus is on how we can bring nature into our homes and my inspiration is taken directly from nature. This is my favourite part of the design process by watching the Little Owl family and being outdoors my imagination and creativity just flows.

     

    The collection consists of Luxury cushions, lampshades and printed wooden artwork. I hope my designs resonate with my customers love of nature, I feel when you love an item, you will cherish it for years to come.

     

    My earliest memories are of playing out in nature and being around animals. This synergy inspires my designs today and the desire to bring these natural elements through my artwork into home interiors that can positively influence our well-being. Being in nature reduces stress and brings us joy. We can replicate this in our homes by choosing these qualities as a necessity, not just a design style choice.

    Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/jplenio-7645255/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=2562079">My pictures are CC0. When doing composings:</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=2562079">Pixabay</a>
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    I hope you will love the new Little Owl design, I'm so excited to be launching the new collection just in time to cosy up your sofa with the luxury of velvet in a deep shade of moonlight blue for cooler months ahead at the same time providing a little bit of nature therapy for the home.

         
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    Please do check out the full collection of the Little Owl home decor in the shop 

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  3. Getting Creative Out Doors

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    The most perfect day exploring one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the chance to sit and sketch, the weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful...

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    Not only was the beach beautiful but the walk to it was just a stunning! Bright red poppies growing a long side the ruins of stone built crofts with glimpses of turquoise sea and white sandy beaches... An absolute paradise I thought I could stay there for ever...

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    Biophilia, Meaning love of nature, shows our deep connection with and that we have an innate understanding of the importance of nature but has this been lost in recent years in favour of our modern lives where we spend more time indoors. We now see scientific research by scholars such as E. O. Wilson. They have highlighted that our lack of connection with natural environments and other living things is having an impact on our overall wellbeing.

    Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing originated in Japan thousands of years ago has drawn on intuitive knowledge, it suggests that we are part of nature and we have a deep need to feel that connection. An adviser to the natural environment in England examined a range of studies that look at our connections to nature and concluded, that being active or spending time in nature provides positive effects on attention, anger, fatigue and mood.

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    The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) suggest that having creative hobbies have beneficial impacts on our mental and emotional health. The research found that the arts can help to keep us well, aid recovery and support us to live healthier and longer lives and the benefits are apparent at any age.

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    So with all those suggested benefits, what better way to spend time outdoors than being creative in the fresh air, getting exercise and is great for our overall wellbeing. For me being outdoors is time to switch off from the pressures of daily life. I have been sketching outdoors for a few years now. Sketching requires you to absorb the surroundings not just visually but by using all your senses its the most beautiful mindful activity. To benefit you don't have to be a fantastic artist, it's about having ago and being in the natural environment. If you love it, then you will be hooked and have found a hobby that could enrich your soul.

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    You could also share the activity with a friend or a group of friends, a grandparent and grandchild, parents and children. I think this would be just lovely!! Find a local park, sit in the garden or if you are unable to get outdoors, open the windows and sketch the view or some of your lovey house plants, its the connection with nature that inspires us... Nature Therapy  🍃

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    If you feel inspired to be creative outdoors I would love to hear from you, where is your special place of inspiration? Please comment below...