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23 Feb 2018
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Darkness Within – new mixed media painting

I recently finished this painting titled Darkness Within and I thought I’d show you some pictures and tell you about the painting, its themes and what it means to me. Inspiration It started with a small thought, that I wanted to study master/famous painters more, especially those whose work speaks to me. The first person who came to mind was Egon Schiele. His work has a depth of feeling that I haven’t experienced with any other paintings. It is something […]

21 Jan 2016

Giving Up?

Do you ever get so frustrated with your art that you just want to throw in the towel? Bin it? Give up? I’m currently teaching in several places (Let’s Face It & Love Art Happy Life) and apart from the wonderful work that is being posted, people also sometimes express their frustration. Their annoyance at not getting it right or not drawing what they see in their mind’s eye. I read about people throwing their art in the bin or […]

20 Nov 2015

Do It For Fun, Do It For You

I’ve made 13 short art journal videos in the last 20 days. That’s a reason in itself to celebrate! But what it also gives me the opportunity to do is examine my ways of working, my habits and my reasons. And then to share these insights with you in the hope that you find it useful too! The thing I’ve noticed most of all from doing a challenge in which I only spend 15 minutes on a page and from […]

22 May 2015

I Want To Go On An Art Date With… 9 Amazing Artists

Being a part of this wonderful online community of artists means being continually inspired by the people around me. There’s a wealth of people just doing their thing, making their beautiful art and sharing it with all of us to see and let it enrich us. Art dates are one of my most favouritest things in the whole world, but I definitely don’t get to do enough of them. So I thought it would be fun to share with you […]

25 Mar 2015

Embracing Your Inner Darkness

I’m afraid of my inner darkness. That might not be a very surprising statement, because I don’t know many people going around declaring how much they luuuuuuuurve their dark stuff. (Other words for this might be inner demons, or issues, or icky stuff, or what do you call it?) I had a realisation the other day though: I have this wonderful platform for exploring my darkness in a safe place. ART And yet I don’t. I’m afraid of what might […]

11 Dec 2014

Why Do I Create Art?

[image by Fré Sonneveld] The simple (and slightly vague) answer is, because it fills my soul. I can’t not create art. I live a full life raising two kids and running a business so it often happens that I can’t create art for a few days. When that happens I just don’t feel quite right, I start getting frustrated and I just feel that pull of needing to create! I guess that all sounds lovely and divinely inspired, but I […]

23 Sep 2014

Stop Calling Me Talented

Let’s stop thinking of ‘talented’ as a rigid concept that is inherent (you are born with it), and let’s start thinking about it as something more fluid. Talent can be built on and it isn’t required in order to have fun or do something really well. When people like my art they often tell me ‘Oh you’re so talented!’. It’s a lovely compliment to receive, but it always makes me feel a bit funny. ‘Talented’ seems such a rigid concept. […]

02 Sep 2014

Working With Your Inner Critic & Free Printables!

This post was originally sent as a newsletter to my subscribers. I send out a newsletter at the beginning of each month with things such as links to interesting blog articles, tutorial videos, inspirational writing, freebies and much more! To sign up and get the next one straight to your inbox, pop your details in the form below. First Name Email Address Do you ever listen to those voices inside your head? The ones that tell you you’re not good […]