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”

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”

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”

New Year, Same Me

I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year celebrations.  When I was younger there was the inevitable pressure to plan big nights out. They generally failed to meet expectations and required long walks home as taxis were always harder to fine.  Now I’m older I don’t feel the need to cave into the hype.Continue reading “New Year, Same Me”

Enjoying the Process

As we end a bizarre, scary and damn right destructive year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on what I’ve learnt.  This may be a pretty desperate way to look for positives, but I’m generally a fairly optimistic person. Like so many others, however, I’ve struggled over the past few months.  It’s anContinue reading “Enjoying the Process”

Perfectly Imperfect

That’s the name of the online art course I’m currently doing. Its actually ‘Perfectly Imperfect: Discovering Your Visual Language‘ run by the brilliant Lorna Crane, and so far it has been great! If you need a distraction from all the doom and gloom this course is just the thing. Not only do you get videosContinue reading “Perfectly Imperfect”

When Will This End?

I think everyone agrees that the past year has been rather odd.  I’ve read so many posts from people over the past few months talking about how much they were struggling with lockdown and then, once this was eased, the anxieties of getting back out into the community with the continued threat of infection.  ThroughoutContinue reading “When Will This End?”

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

Firstly, I’d just like to say a big “THANK YOU” for all the feedback on my new website. My husband did a great job creating this, and I’m really pleased with it, but it’s lovely to hear that others like it as well!