Do you suffer from Shiny-Thing Syndrome? It’s interesting that I said suffer, because actually sniffing out all things new, having gazillions of new ideas is all part of the creative process, the hard bit is actively deciding which of these to pursue. Read this…Read More
Inspiration can strike from the most unexpected of places. Here is somewhere I find sparkle dust.
About 5 years ago I came across these two wonderful women, I’ve never met them in person but I’ve followed them by dipping into their website, reading blog posts and eagerly googling them sporadically to see what they have been up to.Read More
So what actually happens in a Creative Art & Drawing Day? Here is a short run-down of our event today. (5 minute read)Read More
Failures Count. I know, I’ve endured hundreds of them. This post warms the cockles & reminds us that there is success in failure. In ‘failing’ we find the golden nuggets of what didn’t work - paving the way for what absolutely does.Read More
How do you anticipate you are going to feel going into an art gallery? Awkward? Well don’t be, they WANT you to go in and you will be welcomed.Read More
Last Friday I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I delivered a 4hr free Art Marketing Workshop to 10 friends all of whom have creative businesses. Boy, was I nervous but as Farrah Storr writes in her new book The Discomfort Zone - don’t be nervous, be excited. This post is all about Self-Labeling. Those things that we tell ourselves that we are crap at - let’s biff one of those thoughts together.Read More
It’s time to share with you a journey that I’ve been on for sometime now. As you know, I’m super-interested in your creativity – and that doesn’t just mean drawing & painting. Do you have a book on the go? A song in your head that needs outing but you can’t seem to make it happen? Let’s work together.Read More
Friends, confusion is rife, it’s January and frankly it’s all a bit shit. Forgive the swearing but it’s uncertainty is not our friend in the short term. So, my post here is about bringing our own personal world a little bit closer, drawing your emotional curtains and having some time out to do something you might not usually do.Read More
Teenagers and drawing, it all begins to drop off at this age. The freedom our children once enjoyed via exploratory drawing begins to wane about 10 – 12yrs old, it’s natural but it’s also a shame. Is your teenager still creating? If not, here are some tips to stimulate them into action.Read More
When was the last time that you gave yourself some thinking space? Why do I make my work? What am I saying through what I do? If you are a maker, hobbyist or full timer, taking some time out to question leads to some power revelations.Read More
This coming Sunday, I’m going to be at Top Drawer interviewing an exhibitor from the ‘Spotted Sector’. It’s a half-hour slot where I’ll be talking with one of the exhibitors and finding out about her work story. The questions I’ll be asking are: How do you decide on a niche? Is it possible to combine all your passions into one brand and be successful? This post gives my thoughts on both, pre interview.Read More
This morning I took my dog for a walk over Suffolk Heath, a place close to my heart. After school holidays and winter bugs have dictated life indoors for a number of weeks, getting outside ALONE is precious. This post is all about the benefits of downing tools and getting outside for 30 mins.Read More
This coming Friday (it’s Weds today) I am running a ‘Drawing & Art ‘ workshop here in Suffolk. When was the last time you attended a workshop? What did you most love (or dislike) about it? What’s in a workshop anyway?Read More
The power of keeping ideas tucked away for years to come.
Today (and yesterday) a new idea for a collection of drawings came together, solidifying into a tangible idea for a new collection of work. Who knew?Read More