A Wave of Optimism

I was watching BBC News this morning and they had a feature on the reopening of shops and bars serving outdoors.  The reporter was presenting from Newcastle city centre and it was great to see people enjoying being out and about again.  We may not be back to anything near normal, but things are certainlyContinue reading “A Wave of Optimism”

Brrrr – It’s April!

Well, despite the freezing cold weather there does seem to be a lot more optimism around at the moment.  Who would have thought that we’d be so excited about meeting people outdoors in April!  I just hope the news coverage of the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t put people off having the jab.  I had mine aContinue reading “Brrrr – It’s April!”

Creative Visionary Programme

I’m now four weeks into a 3-month online course called Creative Visionary Programme (CVP). And I have to say its unlike any online art programme I’ve been involved in.  Not only is it a huge community, but geographically participants are from all over the globe. My goal was to get some inspiration and learn someContinue reading “Creative Visionary Programme”

The Perfect Medicine

I’m now almost half way through my 100 day challenge – #100daysofcreativeplay (#the100dayproject). So far, I have to say, it has been a mainly positive experience.  I’ve dabbled with lino cut: I’ve pushed myself to create some more intuitive pieces: I have had a couple of days where I’ve been tired. Where the prospect ofContinue reading “The Perfect Medicine”

Concertina Books and Muted Tones

So this week another first for me.  After trying lino cut I wanted to find something else I hadn’t tried before.  I spotted a few posts on Instagram of concertina sketchbooks and thought I’d see what I could do working in a different format.  I didn’t have a concertina format sketchbook to hand so thoughtContinue reading “Concertina Books and Muted Tones”

Learning Something New

Still working on my #the100dayproject, #100daysofcreativeplay and as I headed into days 21 – 30 I decided to change direction.  The first 20 days of the challenge I focused on creating small quick pieces without thinking too much about the decisions I needed to make.  At first using recycled cardboard and then moving into myContinue reading “Learning Something New”

100 days of Creative Play 11-20

So the act of completing the first 10 days inspired me for the next 10.  Trying not to think – to just go with your instincts and make instant decisions was a lot tougher than I expected. But it is exactly what children do when they play.  So for the last 10 days I tookContinue reading “100 days of Creative Play 11-20”

100 Days of Creative Play

In last week’s post I said I was passing on the 100 day project. But having seen so many really inspiring posts I’ve had a change of mind!  I thought, originally, it would be too much commitment. On top of everything else CVP was starting in February. But, having listened to the Art Juice podcast,Continue reading “100 Days of Creative Play”

Out of Boredom Comes Creativity

So pleased to see Grayson’s Art Club back on TV.  I was chatting with my parents at the weekend about a recent auction of Tony Hart’s work. It made me think broadcasters have missed an opportunity for some great TV – bring back a Tony Hart type programme!  We had Art Attack but it justContinue reading “Out of Boredom Comes Creativity”

Mixing Things Up

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone who messaged me about the #oneofmanypostcard initiative.  I have now packaged up and posted out all 9.  It was a very fair selection – names on scrunched up paper were picked randomly out of a bowl and I’ve had a few lovely messages on Instagram from people who haveContinue reading “Mixing Things Up”