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”

January GiveAway

So in last week’s blog I mentioned that one of the things on my 2021 plan was to throw myself into a few more challenges. I kicked this off last week by creating some postcard sized pieces for the #oneofmanypostcards initiative.  #oneofmanypostcards The initiative is the brainchild of talented artist and print maker John Pedder . Continue reading “January GiveAway”

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”

The Wisdom of Others

The Power of Community One of the things I like, or should say liked (past tense) prior to lockdown, was time to myself creating art.  I spend much of my working day with members of my team or colleagues, so escaping to the studio always gave me a much needed break.  Since March, however, theContinue reading “The Wisdom of Others”

A First Time for Everything

I’ve posted previously that I have been doing an online course with the wonderful @lornacrane called Perfectly Imperfect: Discovering Your Visual Language It has been a real voyage of discovery.  Not only have I made my own brushes, I’ve also been experimenting with acrylic inks (both firsts!) and I’ve even been staining papers with coffee. Continue reading “A First Time for Everything”