Home from home


The first time I visited Cyprus was almost 20 years ago, and as I stepped off the plane, it felt like I’d come home. Something feels really familiar in the smell of hot dusty air. There were sounds and senses that did not seem at all foreign despite being 2000 miles from the place I’ve lived all my life.

Over the years I’ve been back many times, and never lost this home from home feeling.This year I wangled a way to spend 3 weeks here, and had time to really soak myself into the surroundings: the rich vivid colours & heady scents of bougainvillea & jasmine – the sand between my toes – luxuriating like the the cats that roam and loll around every corner.

But 3 weeks is a long time away from my studio routines, so I bundled up some necessaries for the trip and took a bit of time every morning to move some color about.

These are colors I chose to take (mostly Daniel Smith’s watercolors – decanted into half pans in a little tin box).

I second guessed my choice after I swatched them out here – why so many colors so similar? but as it turned out they were just what I needed, vivid blues & magentas amid the warm stony earth tones..

I’m not much of a landscape painter – my camera is for catching actual views – leaving my sketchbook as the place for playing with ideas.

The ideas I found myself playing with was the similarities and echoing patterns, repeating undulations, the ripples in the water with the curve of the waves, the textures in rocks and stones, the shifting shapes of shadows in the early autumn breeze. Mixing and remixing, folding ideas together into an endless series of permutations.

Re-entry

I feel I’m like returning a bit at a time after a long trip away – this time it took almost a week to really gather myself together into one place. What eased the transition was the pages in this book that overlapped the geography. The patterns of the travels merged into the patterns of usual daily doings & the edges between the two worlds blurred.

Catch this month’s newsletter to see a flip through of these pages to find out where this little collection of images leads next!

 

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Inspiration, Invitation.


The art we surround ourselves with, the music we listen to, the stories that provide our diversions: these make up the food that sustains our own creative bug.

some of the ingredients for my imagination

From stitching beads onto painted fabric and dyed papers – collaging these into books and onto objects, I get proper giddy excited thinking about new combinations of media.

Right now I’ve got a yearning to add more elements into the art I’m involved in making. More aspects, more facets.

“In Other Words”

A few years ago I made an installation with a crazy big drawing on a roll of paper that was suspended from wall to floor like a waterfall.

The drawing was made from the transcript of a sound collage which played along with an animation, projected on the wall behind. Yes. It was a lot going on!

You can see the video element of the piece called “In Other Words” here

yes, this is my actual eye!

So here’s the thing:

I want to make something big and exciting & I’d love you to join in!

I’ll tell you more about my thoughts in this month’s newsletter {which goes out tomorrow}

If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter, you can do so right here. I’ll drop into your inbox just about once a month with juicy news on my studio doings + the all the current things that inspire these ideas. Come join me!!

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Are you ready?


Ready for an adventure in color?

We begin TWELVTY 2018 on Monday 5th February!

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Just £97 for a whole year of color (or 3 instalments of £33)

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I’ve worked my socks off to make this program as fabulous and fun as I can, and I’m really proud of how it’s come together.

So much so, if you don’t think you’re getting value for money by the end of the first color segment, you can have your money back in full without a single quibble. Srsly, not even a little one!!

 

Join me and a group of wonderful creative spirits to share this adventure in color ——-Y’know over half of the 2017 group are returning for a second trip around the color wheel (some signed up before we’d even finished last year!)

I’ve even reduced the price, to make it accessible for everyone there’s the option to pay in 3 instalments.

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Just £97 for a whole year of color (or 3 instalments of £33)

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Guys, I don’t know if I’ll run TWELVTY again – it’s fabulous fun, but it takes over my life, so do join now if you don’t want to miss out.

Go on…  we’ll have so much fun! it won’t be the same without you 😉

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Seven days without color: day 7


“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

Seven days without color: day 7

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“Good morning, world”

Phew! what a week! and we’re only half way through!

This little black and white photo project has been just the light relief I’ve needed amid all the full color planning for TWELVTY 2018. (TWEL-what? — go look-see over here)

Although it doesn’t begin for a couple of months (cos the name is a clue, right?) you can register now and then in the new year we’ll get started on a new adventure around the color wheel.

I’ve got exciting new ideas for this next run of the program so 2018 will be even more fun – y’know I’ve got folks from the 2017 group joining again for a second trip! That speaks for itself!

If you’re in my mailing list then you’ll have access to a limited number of reduced rate spaces – normal price £97 GBP for the year, or £65 if you nip in quick and snag an early bird place! Lawks!

So if you’re not already, get on the mailing list. I send out newsletters about once a month and you can always unsubscribe if that gets too much 😉


 

(and I’ll send you my shiny new ebook A Year full of Color (2017 version) as a thank you for joining)

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Seven days without color: day 6


Seven days without color: day 6

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

 

 

 

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Seven days without color: day 5


 

Seven days without color: day 5

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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Seven days without color: day 4


 

Seven days without color: day 4

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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<No explanation> that’s part of the challenge. As a serial-explainer-of-things and reason-finder-extraordinare this is the real challenging part to me. Pffffft! 

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Seven days without color: day 3


 

Seven days without color: day 3

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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I’m juggling so many color-themed ideas right now:

I published the revised version of my Year Full of Color eBook yesterday, meanwhile TWELVTY 2018 & TWELVTY-EXTRA are in the final planning stages ready to launch next month. So a bit of black and white photography is just the fresh air I need right now to nourish my thought processes! 

 (Hop onto my email list below if you’d like a free copy of the ebook)

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Seven days without color: day 2


 

Seven days without color: day 2

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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A few days of monochrome abstract photography is the perfect counterbalance to all the richness of color I usually spend my days playing in.  Today I’m revising my ebook ‘A year full of color’ for 2018

(scooch on down to the end of this post to grab your free copy if you’ve not already done so. If you’re already on my mailing list you’ll be first to get the all new version)

 

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Seven days without color: day 1


“”“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”
The epic 100 day project is finished (I’ll show you that in my next post) and it’s the last week of Inktober already (another next post!).

This challenge fits just nicely into this week, so challenge accepted!

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