Daily Practice…

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Followers on Instagram will be familiar with this view, but if you’re wondering why this particular oak tree, at the moment nestling behind a rather overgrown hedge of hornbeam and bracken, features on my Instagram feed so often, it’s because for the last couple of years, I’ve been taking a photograph every day – well almost – of the same tree.

It started in the winter, when I noticed the exquisite skeletal shape of its bare branches. I decided to record the seasonal changes of this one tree, watching every day for the subtle differences which the turn of the year brings about.

If you scroll back through my pictures on Instagram, you’ll be able to watch the tree go through these changes – in reverse!

This simple daily practice has taught me much more than simply how an oak tree alters through the course of a year. I’ve learned that the quality of light makes a huge difference to how we see the same view, I’ve learned to appreciate so many subtle changes in the flora of the lane, and I’ve learned that a habit really can be embedded.

But the most important thing I’ve learned, is that persistence delivers far more than you initially predict and a daily practice may start out with one purpose, but lead you to unimagined potential.

Celebrating slow art…


I spend most of my time hand-stitching canvas embroideries – I know, weird isn’t it! There are pictures of my work over in the gallery (click on the menu).

Much of my inspiration comes from nature and the changing seasons and also from my fascination with the landscape and heritage of the British Isles.

This is my quiet, contemplative space – if you want to find me being much more chatty, visit me at Dreaming In Stitches…

We’re here…

Just in time for summer – or so it seems – we’ve opened our latest Discover Original Art exhibition in Datchworth, Hertfordshire.

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I’m still pinching myself, I’m so thrilled to be hanging out with the rest of these brilliant artists.

We’re at the Mardleybury Gallery until 28th June, open Wednesdays to Sundays – and most of us will be demonstrating or explaining our techniques on Thursdays and Sundays over June, so please come along if you’re in the area.


June at Mardleybury Gallery…

Only 48 hours away now from the opening of our latest Discover Original Art exhibition, at Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth, Hertfordshire. Excitement is now taking over from panic – although it’s perfectly possible that panic may set in again before we finally open to the public! Only joking, I’m sure everything is under control…

There will be a Private Viewing on Friday evening, 5th June, and we’d be delighted to welcome any of our friends and followers to come along then and say hello. If the weather is good, we’ll be enjoying wine and nibbles in the gallery’s bijou garden – do pop in if you can.

The amazing Discover Original Art creators, pretending we weren't freezing!
The amazing Discover Original Art creators, pretending we weren’t freezing!

Throughout June, the artists will be holding demonstration sessions, where visitors will be able to see for themselves how some of our artwork is made – there are techniques here that will amaze you, I’m certain – details of times and dates below.


Now, my version of slow art isn’t the most technically challenging of the group, but I’ll be at the gallery on June 21st, stitching, and talking to visitors about the process and the benefits of engaging in this extremely tactile process. I hope to see some of you then.

Well, time to go off and check that I’ve got everything ready (for the umpteenth time) – I’ll leave you for now with a picture of my stitching buddy – managing very well indeed not to get himself over excited…

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Full gallery details, with opening times below…


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