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21 Sep 2016

Let’s Face It 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway!

[EDIT This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Kendra Stone. Thank you to everyone who took part!] Hey wonderful tribe, are you excited about a second year of the popular portrait course Let’s Face It run by Kara Bullock?? I know I am!!! First of all let me show you the awesome team of teachers who are involved this year: Such a diverse group of teachers who will cover the ins and outs of sketching, drawing and painting portraits […]

26 Aug 2016

Sometimes Being Interested Is Enough

Often when people post their art in the communities I’m part of they follow it up with ‘but I’m not a real artist’ or ‘but it’s just my hobby’. As if there is some kind of division between ‘real artists’ who can post their art without caveat and ‘not real artists’ who need to qualify it before posting (because otherwise what..?). This might have something to do with someone’s personal level of confidence or the way society views art, or […]

10 Aug 2016

It Looks Like I Know What I’m Doing (or a rant on vulnerability)

I love that when I post my art it looks like I know what I’m doing. Because really people, I haven’t the faintest idea. I just keep on doing it, no real goal apart from to just express myself and follow the joy and sometimes my hands all of a sudden produce things I like. I often don’t even notice while I’m working. My head starts going towards not-good-enough-itis. It’s only at the end when I stand back and take […]

24 May 2016

How To Push Past Resistance?

How to push past resistance? And what is resistance anyway?? First let me start off by stating that I LOVE the art I’ve been doing recently. It seems like a barrier (probably self-imposed) has been lifted. I used to feel like every piece I did had to be different and original otherwise I was somehow failing (ridic, right?). Now I feel I’m able to follow my favourite steps and techniques and work with limited supplies to create a cohesive body […]

16 May 2016

GIVEAWAY! Art Journal Summer School 2016

The most colourful & creative summer course is BACK! Art Journal Summer School is running for another year and I’m so happy to be part of the teacher lineup again! You can register your spot at the super Early Bird Price right now (price reverts to normal after 31 May). Go to: www.artjournalsummerschool.com The course starts on 1 July and I’ve been working hard on my lesson which is going to be all about Expressive & Raw Art Journaling There […]

29 Apr 2016

‘Let Go’ New Inspirational Art Video

I’ve been so busy this past month creating my new course Abstract Watercolour Flowers. Now that most of the work is done I can come back to making some different art again. I’m rediscovering my love for mixed media art journaling and journaling for expression and to work through some feels. Sometimes I feel guilty for having so many art supplies that I don’t really use… A big one of these is Dylusions ink sprays. I have about 10 different […]

14 Apr 2016

Abstract Watercolour Flowers open for Early Bird Registration!

When I posted my watercolour flower paintings recently, the response I received was so awesome that I simply had to make it into a course to teach you all the techniques! So I’m very pleased to let you know that registration for Abstract Watercolour Flowers is now OPEN! And currently you can get the discounted Early Bird price! Class starts 1 May & there are limited spots available. REGISTER NOW! Watercolours are a wonderfully dreamy medium, but they can be […]

07 Apr 2016

GIVEAWAY! ArtistCellar stencil set & new art video

UPDATED UPDATED UPDATED THE WINNER IS: Miriam Gault Congratulations Miriam!!! You have been contacted to claim your prize of this set of awesome stencils. Thank you to everyone for entering, your wonderful ideas on how to use these stencils (I’m feeling super inspired, I hope you are too!) and your enthousiastic response to my video. You rock! The winner was randomly picked from all qualifying entries It’s time for a giveaway!!! WOOHOO! Have you heard of ArtistCellar? They make awesome […]

04 Apr 2016

Start To Finish – Introduction & Verse – Mixed Media Painting Walkthrough

Start To Finish is an ongoing series in which I share the progress on a painting from start to finish and I tell you a bit about my process and the different steps. Click here to view all posts in this series. I was commissioned recently to create a painting in my whimsical style and I thought it’d be fun to show you all how this painting evolved and give you a peek into my process! This is a 16×16″ […]

03 Mar 2016

Tips For Mixing Your Media

I love mixed media! I’m a mixed media artist! But what does this term ‘mixed media’ really mean? And how do you apply it practically when making art? Keep reading for insights and tips about the how, why and what of mixed media art. What Is Mixed Media? Traditionally artists would work in one medium. For example oil paint, egg tempera or collage. Mixed media simply means using any of the above and more but in ONE piece. Rules? I […]