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Getting Unstuck with Cardboard

Getting Unstuck with Cardboard

I’m a perfectionist at heart, so quite often I’m just plain intimidated by my own expectations.  When I’m feeling particularly stuck, I’ll often paint on scraps of corrugated cardboard. It’s truly freeing because I plan to throw it away anyway, so I feel like anything beyond that […]

Beating blank canvas syndrome – the scraps drawer

Beating blank canvas syndrome – the scraps drawer

I’ve picked up so many little bits and pieces of paper around the place that it can be overwhelming. Now I have a desk that I love and a dedicated creative space I decided to designate one of those lovely timber drawers to holding my scrap collection. Everything from air […]

Unfinished pieces

Unfinished pieces

Last week’s photos made me realise how messy my work area had gotten, so I did a little half-hearted tidying up today. We’re also playing host to various builder-types here over the next six to eight weeks as we’re adding on a second living area (a lovely […]

Putting a face to the art

Putting a face to the art

I know I’m not alone in hating having my photo taken. I never look the way I feel inside – I feel 15, but my face is 40! (plus a little) However, being invited for an interview next week by the lovely Melanie Statnick  gave me the kick […]

The 3 best things I did for my art in 2013

The 3 best things I did for my art in 2013

2013 was the year that I finally began to feel that I had found my style, and really began loving my paintings. I became comfortable calling myself an artist.   This is the third time I’ve done this review of the previous year, and each […]

where the past five months went

where the past five months went

So, without bringing anyone down, I wanted to share what we’ve been through in the last 12mths. I know I’m not the only one who suffers on-and-off with depression and it’s important that our stories are shared. This could be a bit of a long […]

…and breathe…

…and breathe…

Well, I’m back. I always try to be positive and look on the bright side, but the past few months had me temporarily defeated. It’s a long story, one I will share soon, but at the moment I’d rather get this party started again and […]

Feeling Blah

Feeling Blah

We all have our bad days & “bleagh” weeks, and lately it seems to have been my turn. Nothing especially terrible has happened, I’ve just been feeling down & am finding it a little tougher than usual to pull myself out of it. Painting has […]

Mixed Media May

Mixed Media May

Today’s the day!  My interview is live now on the MMM site, and I’d love it if you’d go take a gander! (after you’ve read my utterly sparkling wittery here, of course) Since our beachy break, what with school holidays & everything else going on […]

Neglected

Neglected

It’s been nearly two weeks since I shared here last, how on earth did that happen?! The kids are back at school now thankfully, and I’ve done a little painting but not as much as I’d hoped. I’ve been feeling kind of stale so I’ve […]