art is everywhere…


...but you knew that, right? I've been looking at some of my old sketchbooks. Back in 2011 I did a textile art workshop. The topic for our designs was grids. The week before I'd been to the Kniting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally - I came home with bags of new goodies to play with, and … Continue reading art is everywhere…

mental noise


Amid the hubbub of chatter inside my head I'm sometimes aware of one group of voices much more clearly than all the others. it's louder, more forceful than the rest of them. More strident, it's shoutier...  y'know? In order to distance my own thinking from theirs, I've named them the 'chorus of cynics'. Some days they're so vocal, … Continue reading mental noise

hatching plans…


I'm planning to put together a video showing the evolution of these pages. From their kinda ugly beginnings based on indecision - paint - no, pen - no this colour - no, blobs not spirals, no -wait, .... through the messy phase (phase!!) The bits that look more complicated than they really are (maybe) Over and … Continue reading hatching plans…

the str-e-e-e-tch


This guy was in a yoga magazine before he got here. In between times he's been hanging out in my collection of cut out magazine snippings. I haven't attempted this asana for a long while, it's one that feels amazing at full stretch with straight limbs like this, but limbs and joints don't always want … Continue reading the str-e-e-e-tch

circus of uncertainty


It's a continuing theme... We are back in the book again. Come in, have a stroll round... It's a bit wordy underfoot so mind your step. There's a regularity to the irregular once you get used to it here. There's a quiet comfort in the uncertainty. And as in the parallel world outside, no-one's really sure … Continue reading circus of uncertainty

Scraps of Serendipity


How to make a decision, how to avoid paralysis of overhwelm, when there are a hundred gazillion options, how does that work? Cos here we are, right, in the 21st Century, and if you're reading this I'm figuring you're someplace a little bit like here. A place where art supplies are available in more colours, more … Continue reading Scraps of Serendipity

daily learning


Do you have daily practices? I kinda do, but my progress moves like a caterpillar - that scrunching-stretching motion, so while it averages out as daily, it might not always be technically daily. This is the thing: - I'm acknowledging this now instead of berating myself. I'm learning my rhythms and working within them.  I'm letting the process … Continue reading daily learning

thoughts de jour


Traditional journalling - the outpouring of words and thoughts and the recording of happenings, events and reactions is quite linear: these things occurred, then were recorded; these things were planned and projected, then recorded. Art journalling is far more holistic. Even the most literal illustrations are cast in the light of the mood, defined by the … Continue reading thoughts de jour

3 weeks: 5 realisations


3 weeks into this year, I'm learning to adapt to this new structure that's unfolding. I live by metaphors, they are the framework of all my understanding. The skeleton on which I hang my beliefs and theories. Since January 1st 2016 I've filled one of these 1" squares each day. They are in a book with enough … Continue reading 3 weeks: 5 realisations

wobbling, blurry…


It's all metaphors, right? As I look at what I do I try to pick out clues as to what I mean and feel and understand. Already in week two of this selflove365 day project (and LOVING it, btw). The pictures are fuzzy. They mirror the way I'm fumbling my way into the new year and this new project. I'm … Continue reading wobbling, blurry…