Allotments, or community gardens, are a big feature of life in the UK city of Bristol. We just switched to a new patch and I wanted to share photos of the beautiful produce and flowers the outgoing tenant left us! We have a tiny city garden, so it’s a joy to cycle to our allotment … More Our new community garden!
On a sunset walk in the suburbs this week I found beautiful shapes and colours in the trees. Squirrels were chasing each other around tree trunks and rifling about in the treetops. I love autumn! The light is beautiful at the moment, like morning or evening light that lasts all day. I always think of … More October light in the trees
Bright leaves are just appearing, so I’ve dug out my autumn photos from last year. Autumn is wonderful. I love the bright colours, earthy smells, woolly jumpers, cosy evenings in… The best of this season is yet to come! Here is Bristol in all its autumn splendour! Enjoy! To follow me on Instagram, see @rebekahcurtisart.
Ways I fill my mind with nature while staying at home. … More Enjoying nature at home
You are, in a way, what you draw. So I’m mindful of how subjects help or hinder my mood. After a winter of studying wispy, graphite trees, I started to feel my mood turn graphite-grey too. I needed to think about the spring. Fresh greens and bright yellows! Though we may be largely indoors, the … More Imaginary spring walk
Today I taught my son about clouds. In this paused world, it seemed a useful life skill to take notice of the ever-changing backdrop that is the sky. Clouds are landscapes in motion. They can alter one’s mood, inspire creativity, nurture mindfulness and foretell weather patterns. Yet they escape our notice daily. In the U.K. … More The sky from our window
When a friend turned 50 recently I decided to draw her present – fifty trees, one for each year, as we live near inner-city woods. I remembered how fun it is to personalise a gift. And there are so many factors you can include in the artwork: What colours do friends like? Where do they … More Drawing pictures for gifts
I used to find wintry trees bleak. I would count the weeks till spring’s first eruptions of green. Now I see how beautiful their bare structures are, reaching up to the sky like hands. Asking the sky for something, almost. Your pencil can have real freedom when throwing bare branches onto the paper – mimicking … More Drawing wintry woods
Stippling – drawing with dots – is fun. I draw with dots because it is relaxing, because it’s an interesting effect and because you can easily fix wrong turns. (A misplaced dot stands out less than a misplaced line!) I find it a particularly good way to draw close-ups of eyes. Below are some oaks … More Dotty art
“I can’t draw,” people say all the time. But art is also a form of playing – a process to enjoy regardless of whether the result ends up on a fridge, a gallery wall or in the recycling. Art would spill onto our pages if we moved past self-criticism. So recently, when self-judgement hindered my … More Restart the art