Life In General

Life in general has a huge impact on an artists life, and mine is no exception.  Unforeseen events can sometimes take over and swallow the creativity within, or expand it to a point where it has to be expressed.  Sometimes things happen where as much as I want to paint and get creative, the space to do this is taken away, literally or figuratively by robbing me of the time I need in my studio.  An artists life is quite often romanticised in the studio, but in reality there are so many other things that need to be done if a fair living wage is to be achieved. Life is everything, and painting and creating is but a part of it.

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  • Bringing in the new year of 2020 was a welcome hope for the future, not least because the entire Christmas period was a comatose blur under the influence of the dreaded flu bug!

    All new years begin with hopes and dreams, and after the last year of sad loss and so many hospital visits that I’ve lost count, the hope of the sun shining on our lives is even greater.

  • The simple act of art doodling in a sketchbook can be very therapeutic. Sometimes pictures convey emotions more than words can.

    Where does the time go when life just takes over? January disappeared into the ether while I lay comatose under the duvet suffering from flu. February threw curve balls left, right and centre.

    Rushed hospital visits, tests and scans, not all mine, but family too. It

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    The last several months of 2018 have been challenging. My health confined me, and for a while it was comforting to rest up and recuperate. It’s difficult, well almost impossible to be inspired when I’m feeling ill and in pain. But I am beginning to feel more able now, and no longer wish to be in confinement. It is time to throw back the curtains and once again say “Hello World!”

  • Gardening Is Like Painting, The Spade Is My Brush, The Flowers Are My Paint and The Ground Is My Canvas

    They say gardening is great for mental health, and it definitely is. It has helped me to pick myself up, dust myself off and re-evaluate what is important in life.

    Art, painting wise, has been a bit of a barren few months where I seem to have lost my way, maybe because I found myself in a

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  • The subject of old age has been thrust upon me this last year with both my own mum and my mum in law needing extra help and support. It’s beginning to make my own life feel more fragile as I move towards my 60s. Not being in the best of health it brings home to me the need to make sure we have things in place to be able to cope as we get older, rather than be completely unprepared as both mums are. Will my current struggles with M.E. just end up being masked by infirmity as I get older?

    "Update - Open Studios and Art Week/Trail has been postponed and will possibly be scheduled beginning of December.  I'll post again about this when I know more."

  • Vic Selby, Author And My Father

    There are times in life that are hard to bear and this has been one of the toughest. My father passed away just before Christmas with most of his family around him. It was expected, though not nearly quite so soon, but no matter how much I thought I was prepared, it wrenched my soul to see the light in his eyes slip away. He will always have a piece of my heart.

  • When I'm creating, I lose myself completely in the process. Time stops still and the random thought chatter of daily life fades away to a silence that I can only describe as "the zone".

    I drew and painted my way out of a dark hole when I was ill 15 years ago and I hadn't stopped until recently when I lost the space to create. After a few delays, my studio has been given back to me and the last remnants of the kitchen are in the kitchen. Now I need to clear the space

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  • It is surprising just how far reaching the impact can be when building works are going on at home!  We moved into our bungalow for the pleasure of having no stairs to contend with. We also knew it needed a bit of updating and extending. Project management though doesn't always go to plan. The kitchen was delivered before the extension was ready and my studio has been floor to ceiling with boxed kitchen units for the last six weeks.

  • All that's needed to create ACEOs or Artist Trading Cards is a little space

    It's been a difficult few weeks and my studio is stacked full of large boxes from floor to ceiling. But I do have a little space to work. It actually reminds me of my imaginative childhood when we created little dens out of boxes to play in. So, I am for the time being working in a little den!

  • I love my studio. It's not the biggest, but it's big enough for me, and big enough to share with a fellow artist during a studio event. It's light and airy, and insulated enough to keep lovely and warm in the winter. But oh dear... the view leaves much to be desired. A digger and a heap of building materials does not lend itself to having an Open Studio event!

  • I'm writing this blog because there is a silent group out there who have daily struggles that others are completely unaware of. I don't often talk about my "disability" because it puts me in a box, but very occasionally I feel the need to shout it from the roof tops.

    Frustration plays a huge part in living with ME and my quick pen and ink sketch says it all. I am in a constant loop of wilt and recharge. ME stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis , otherwise known as

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  • Having Fun Experimenting With Different Art Techniques

    I'm a painter first and foremost, but when I can, I take the opportunity to go on a workshop by an artist working in a different medium. Not necessarily because I want to work in that way, but to open my eyes to new possibilities in my own work, a sort of cross pollination of ideas and techniques.

    Whether I incorporate what I have learnt

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  • Sometimes I wonder how much more I need to learn. In the grand scheme of things, I actually love learning, though nowadays with M.E. it takes me much longer and I make lots more notes! My website is a classic example.

    In another world, I would love to just hire a talented web designer to create a beautiful arty site for me and maintain all the behind the scenes stuff that needs to be maintained. But... and I'm sure this is a but for others too, it is expensive and

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  • Twitter Art Exhibition 2016 Charitable Art Donations For Great Causes

    It's time to come out of my shell and reconnect with the world, and for once, the sun is shining! There comes a point when I get fed up of being poorly, and even though I still am, I can somehow handle it better when the sun shines.

    It's rained almost every day since the middle of October and it is now past the middle of

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  • It is that dreaded moment when you click the button to update the system and your Blog disintegrates before your eyes! Any number of reboots, restores and re-installs continue to leave your Blog Page blank with an ugly system error pasted across it. This has been my headache. I've ranted, raved and finally resigned myself to bringing all my posts back over one by one to a simpler system, one that will hopefully withstand updates in future.