When The Muse Goes Walkabouts…

‘But the muse won’t always

co-operate and she will never be

coerced. Sometimes she’d rather

take a nap or see a mid-afternoon

movie,’

Jonathan Tropper

I have written before about the rhythmical nature of my creativity; sometimes, everything flows – from inspiration through exploration to producing finished work… At other times, the creative muse wanders off…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and no matter how much I try, get into the studio, splash paint around…somehow, my heart isn’t in it…the motivation has gone… Now sometimes it’s because life gets in the way, and there has been a lot of that this year…other times, well, I am only human, and I have mood swings the same as everyone else… And then there are the times when it’s a mindset problem…and I know that’s mostly the issue this time…

Since participating in the Melbourne Arts Trail, sales have been non-existent…

Photo by Fabian Blank on Unsplash

…and, with no sales, comes a reluctance to spend money on materials…so I ‘make do’, not following my own advice to use the best quality materials…and then, no surprise, I am not happy with the results…and so the circle continues.. And yes, with my logical head on, I know continuing to develop my practice, to produce quality work, will build up engaged audiences, will build relationships with potential buyers etc…so I realise this is where I need to change my mindset, my approach – but as with all change, it’s easier said than done… The books and podcasts are helping…but it is a work in progress…

And so, rather than keep beating myself up over ‘reject’ work…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

and, working on the principle that ‘a change is as good as a rest’…I decided to spend an afternoon or two considering other avenues of creativity… I have spoken before about the idea of running workshops, and this is still an aim for next year, once I have ‘workshop plans’ sorted. Another idea, bearing in mind the interest shown in them, was to compile a book of some of the pages from my sketchbooks…along with the odd photograph and some of my musings…

I have been jotting down words that inspire me…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and debating which images to include…

What do you think?

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Our paths in life are rarely straightforward, so it seems unrealistic to expect that my artistic journey will be without deviation…without ups and downs…sideways moves…but my commitment is there…

‘Commitment

 

The moment one definitely commits

oneself, and then providence

moves too.

 

All sorts of things occur to help one

that would never otherwise have

occurred.

 

A whole stream of events issue from

the decision, raising in one’s favour all

manner of unforeseen incidents and

meetings and material assistance

which no man (or woman) could have

dreamed would have come his (or her)

way,’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fingers crossed!!

If you would like to see my work-in-progress, please follow me on social media, or for more ramblings, insights and art related matters, please sign up via the link opposite, to receive my monthly(ish) newsletter…

When The Muse Goes Walkabouts…

‘But the muse won’t always

co-operate and she will never be

coerced. Sometimes she’d rather

take a nap or see a mid-afternoon

movie,’

Jonathan Tropper

I have written before about the rhythmical nature of my creativity; sometimes, everything flows – from inspiration through exploration to producing finished work… At other times, the creative muse wanders off…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and no matter how much I try, get into the studio, splash paint around…somehow, my heart isn’t in it…the motivation has gone… Now sometimes it’s because life gets in the way, and there has been a lot of that this year…other times, well, I am only human, and I have mood swings the same as everyone else… And then there are the times when it’s a mindset problem…and I know that’s mostly the issue this time…

Since participating in the Melbourne Arts Trail, sales have been non-existent…

Photo by Fabian Blank on Unsplash

…and, with no sales, comes a reluctance to spend money on materials…so I ‘make do’, not following my own advice to use the best quality materials…and then, no surprise, I am not happy with the results…and so the circle continues.. And yes, with my logical head on, I know continuing to develop my practice, to produce quality work, will build up engaged audiences, will build relationships with potential buyers etc…so I realise this is where I need to change my mindset, my approach – but as with all change, it’s easier said than done… The books and podcasts are helping…but it is a work in progress…

And so, rather than keep beating myself up over ‘reject’ work…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

and, working on the principle that ‘a change is as good as a rest’…I decided to spend an afternoon or two considering other avenues of creativity… I have spoken before about the idea of running workshops, and this is still an aim for next year, once I have ‘workshop plans’ sorted. Another idea, bearing in mind the interest shown in them, was to compile a book of some of the pages from my sketchbooks…along with the odd photograph and some of my musings…

I have been jotting down words that inspire me…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and debating which images to include…

What do you think?

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Our paths in life are rarely straightforward, so it seems unrealistic to expect that my artistic journey will be without deviation…without ups and downs…sideways moves…but my commitment is there…

‘Commitment

 

The moment one definitely commits

oneself, and then providence

moves too.

 

All sorts of things occur to help one

that would never otherwise have

occurred.

 

A whole stream of events issue from

the decision, raising in one’s favour all

manner of unforeseen incidents and

meetings and material assistance

which no man (or woman) could have

dreamed would have come his (or her)

way,’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fingers crossed!!

If you would like to see my work-in-progress, please follow me on social media, or for more ramblings, insights and art related matters, please sign up via the link opposite, to receive my monthly(ish) newsletter…

Something for the Weekend…

‘Each moment of the year has its own beauty,’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

It seems no time at all since I published last week’s ‘Something for the Weekend’ post…and here we are, already at another weekend…the year is slipping away at an alarming rate…or does it just appear so the older you get…?

It’s been another quiet week, one with the odd ‘lightbulb moment’, but mostly just a week of exploration, reading, listening…thinking, planning…discoveries and inspirations…

Talking of ‘inspirations’…my ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’ this week is Martha Holmes – living and working in Cornwall, Martha’s paintings are her response to the coastal environment; both the north and south coasts of the county. She is influenced by the ever-changing light and colours of the area; her seascapes/landscapes are painted ‘en plein air’ providing an immersive experience that is reflected in the energy and brush strokes of the work…

 

 

Martha Holmes Autumn Blue, Porthmeor

As you know, I love a limited colour palette and Martha’s choice of colours particularly appeals to me…as does the slightly abstract nature of the work…I like the boldness; there’s no ‘fiddling’ here…definite strokes, capturing the essence of the moment…

October Day, Gwithian.jpg          October Day, Gwithian (oil on board) SOLD

IMG_1481 copy.jpg          The Island, Porthmeor (oil on paper) SOLD

I like the clean, white surround to the work as well; I feel it focuses the viewer’s eye on the colour and energy of the work… There is a short film on her website in which Martha talks in more detail about her inspirations, process and work…well worth a look!!

As for ‘listening’, well, along with the weekly episode of Artjuice by Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher, I have recently discovered ‘Simple & Season‘ – a blog and podcast designed to help ‘creative people find clarity and direction’, as well as creating a marketing strategy that will help you ‘grow with soul’… Having listened to the most recent podcast, I am determined to take on board the idea that ‘it is never too late…’ and to be ‘more gentle on myself’…

See the source image

My own practice has undergone somewhat of a ‘lightbulb moment’ this week…don’t ask me why it has taken so long, probably fear, fear of failure, of other peoples’  expectations, or what I  imagine others to expect…but somewhere, subconsciously, the reading and podcast messages are permeating, albeit slowly…

…if I prefer working with a limited palette, then that’s what I am going to do…

…if I prefer leaving space around my mark making work, then that’s what I am going to do…

…if I prefer making abstract marks and washes, then that’s what I am going to do…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist Shorelines
Shorelines Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist


Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and slowly the confidence is developing to leave the work when I am happy, when I love it…and I have the following quote pinned up in my studio space to remind me…

‘Your art

is not about how many people

like your work

Your art

is about

if your heart likes your work

if your soul likes your work

it’s about how honest

you are with yourself

and you must

never trade honesty

for relatability,’

Rupi Kaur

One of my first loves has always been drawing, mark making…and whilst de-cluttering my studio space, I came across this book that had been hidden behind a load of other ‘stuff’….

(apologies for the dodgy camerawork…)

…already thinking about next year and areas I would like to re-visit and develop, drawing and mark making is high on the list, so this was a timely ‘discovery’…there are certainly some projects in here that I would like to have a go at!

If you would like to see how I get on with the mark making and drawing, plus other work-in-progress, please follow me on social media, or for more insights, art-related matters, and general ramblings, please sign up via the link opposite to receive my monthly(is) newsletters…

And, as the weekend arrives…I will finish with this quote by John Keats…(although you can swap the French wine for a drink of your choice….and I can’t guarantee fine weather, but you get the gist…) :

‘Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather

and a little music played outdoors by

somebody I do not know.’

Enjoy the weekend!!

 

Something for the Weekend…

‘Each moment of the year has its own beauty,’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

It seems no time at all since I published last week’s ‘Something for the Weekend’ post…and here we are, already at another weekend…the year is slipping away at an alarming rate…or does it just appear so the older you get…?

It’s been another quiet week, one with the odd ‘lightbulb moment’, but mostly just a week of exploration, reading, listening…thinking, planning…discoveries and inspirations…

Talking of ‘inspirations’…my ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’ this week is Martha Holmes – living and working in Cornwall, Martha’s paintings are her response to the coastal environment; both the north and south coasts of the county. She is influenced by the ever-changing light and colours of the area; her seascapes/landscapes are painted ‘en plein air’ providing an immersive experience that is reflected in the energy and brush strokes of the work…

 

 

Martha Holmes Autumn Blue, Porthmeor

As you know, I love a limited colour palette and Martha’s choice of colours particularly appeals to me…as does the slightly abstract nature of the work…I like the boldness; there’s no ‘fiddling’ here…definite strokes, capturing the essence of the moment…

October Day, Gwithian.jpg          October Day, Gwithian (oil on board) SOLD

IMG_1481 copy.jpg          The Island, Porthmeor (oil on paper) SOLD

I like the clean, white surround to the work as well; I feel it focuses the viewer’s eye on the colour and energy of the work… There is a short film on her website in which Martha talks in more detail about her inspirations, process and work…well worth a look!!

As for ‘listening’, well, along with the weekly episode of Artjuice by Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher, I have recently discovered ‘Simple & Season‘ – a blog and podcast designed to help ‘creative people find clarity and direction’, as well as creating a marketing strategy that will help you ‘grow with soul’… Having listened to the most recent podcast, I am determined to take on board the idea that ‘it is never too late…’ and to be ‘more gentle on myself’…

See the source image

My own practice has undergone somewhat of a ‘lightbulb moment’ this week…don’t ask me why it has taken so long, probably fear, fear of failure, of other peoples’  expectations, or what I  imagine others to expect…but somewhere, subconsciously, the reading and podcast messages are permeating, albeit slowly…

…if I prefer working with a limited palette, then that’s what I am going to do…

…if I prefer leaving space around my mark making work, then that’s what I am going to do…

…if I prefer making abstract marks and washes, then that’s what I am going to do…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist Shorelines
Shorelines Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist


Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and slowly the confidence is developing to leave the work when I am happy, when I love it…and I have the following quote pinned up in my studio space to remind me…

‘Your art

is not about how many people

like your work

Your art

is about

if your heart likes your work

if your soul likes your work

it’s about how honest

you are with yourself

and you must

never trade honesty

for relatability,’

Rupi Kaur

One of my first loves has always been drawing, mark making…and whilst de-cluttering my studio space, I came across this book that had been hidden behind a load of other ‘stuff’….

(apologies for the dodgy camerawork…)

…already thinking about next year and areas I would like to re-visit and develop, drawing and mark making is high on the list, so this was a timely ‘discovery’…there are certainly some projects in here that I would like to have a go at!

If you would like to see how I get on with the mark making and drawing, plus other work-in-progress, please follow me on social media, or for more insights, art-related matters, and general ramblings, please sign up via the link opposite to receive my monthly(is) newsletters…

And, as the weekend arrives…I will finish with this quote by John Keats…(although you can swap the French wine for a drink of your choice….and I can’t guarantee fine weather, but you get the gist…) :

‘Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather

and a little music played outdoors by

somebody I do not know.’

Enjoy the weekend!!

 

Lightbulb Moments…

‘To be a true artist you have to play the way you feel – not the way

others think you should feel,’

Don Ellis

 

Usually, when a FB/Instagram memory pops up, it just serves to remind me that time is passing…occasionally however, a memory crops up that makes me take another look…

Norfolk Memories (Sold)

This one reminded me of a painting technique that I hadn’t experimented with in a long while… and, as my focus has been somewhat lacking of late…I thought I would go back and explore the process – with fresh eyes…

…and, as is often the case, no expectations produces some reasonable results…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I think I even have a new favourite colour…Daniel Smith Grey Titanium watercolour…it’s a mid-tone warm grey with slightly yellow undertones…which I think works well with my old favourite Daniel Smith Indigo watercolour…and a touch of Daniel Smith French Ochre and Daniel Smith Raw Umber…along with my very old favourite Daler Rowney FW Sepia Acrylic Ink – I love these colours…!!

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I belong to an artist group run by Alice Sheridan as well as a Facebook group run by Louise Fletcher – they also host the podcast ‘Artjuice’. I am also reading ‘Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers as well as listening to other podcasts…and a common theme running through these platforms etc has been the idea of doing what you love, being authentic, creating art that is true to yourself… and I know that in the past I have been guilty of creating work that I think others will love, work that doesn’t always feel authentic…

And ‘ping!’ – off went my lightbulb…I love this colour palette and effects, as much as I love mark making, so why do I persist in fighting what feels natural?

‘Happiness comes

when you believe in

what you’re doing,

know what you’re

doing, and love

what you’re doing,’

Brian Tracy

I have loved going into my ‘studio’, working on these, experimenting…exploring the colours, tones and effects I can create…why ever did I imagine that artists’ shouldn’t have a limited palette…?

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I have loved working on larger paper; it has felt liberating, splashing and swooshing paint about, apparently randomly – but with an element of control… Some pieces work, some don’t; sometimes cropping the piece produces small but interesting images…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I don’t know where this work will lead to, I don’t even know if people will like them; all I know is, I love creating them, I love the colour  palette and effects – it truly feels as if this is ‘my’ art, and this feeling is giving me the confidence to persist with this ‘voice’ along with the mark making…

‘Don’t aim for

success if you want it; just do

what you love

and believe in,

and it will come

naturally,’

David Frost

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

It’s such a joy going into the ‘studio’ knowing that there is work that I am looking forward to working on…

‘Art

is when you hear a

knocking from your soul…

and you answer,’

Terri Guillemets

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Something for the Weekend…

‘All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks

Are life eternal: and in silence they

Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;

There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay

Is the green life of change; to pass away

And come again in blooms revivified…’

John Clare

A week of differing feelings, of differing colour palettes; from a muted one…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…to beautiful golden, glittering hues glinting on temporary waterworlds…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…the flowing swirls proving endlessly mesmerising…

A quiet week, one in which friends have been supportive, encouraging and inspirational…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…a week in which I have been focusing on what I can control, what’s important in my life and where I want my artistic journey to take me…and to that end I have been reading…
Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘Never let it be said that to dream is

a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our

realities in waiting. In dreams,

we plant the seeds of our future.’

(Anon)

There is so much I aspire to in my artistic life; to keep on learning and developing my practice, and also exhibit more, be more involved in an art community, to run workshops…and it is my self-doubt, my ‘fear’ that is holding me back…hence this book… I haven’t finished it yet, but already it is raising interesting points and questions…

‘At the bottom of every one of your fears is simply the fear that you can’t handle whatever life may bring you.’

‘If everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life, yet so many are out there “Doing it” despite the fear, then we conclude that fear is not the problem.

‘The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.’

‘So often when we are discouraged, thinking that we are learning nothing from all our efforts, changes are really taking place within us.’ (Susan Jeffers)

As ever, altering one’s mindset is a work-in-progress; but already I sense changes… I shied away from demonstrating my creative process; I’m not sure what I thought would happen – the sky would fall in, people would laugh and question why I thought anyone would be interested in watching me (??) – but I took the plunge and began posting my time-lapse videos…a baby step, and one with control and a degree of anonymity I know…

…but the sky didn’t fall in and no-one laughed (well not yet anyways…); the response has been nothing but positive and encouraging…so much so, I have begun making plans for running a ‘Mark-Making’ or ‘Expressive Sketchbook’ workshop…

‘Notice how the trees do not cling

to their leaves. Fall is about releasing the old

to make way for the new,’

(theburnedhand.com)

Inspiration comes from many sources, none more so than discovering art that you connect with…and this week’s ‘Instagram artist of the week’ is Kippi Leonard

Drawing on her 25 years as an interior designer, and taking her inspiration from the landscape; from the ocean to the desert, from rock formations in Borrega Springs to the mountains of California…Kippi looks to create work that reflects the calm she seeks in life…

Ocean Deserts by kipleeart
Ocean Deserts by Kippi Leonard

She is inspired by the works of American abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) as well as the Chinese artist Mao Lizi (1950-) – in particular, their use of materials and colour to create complex layers that retain a degree of intention even though the application process has an apparent element of randomness…

Initially it was the colours in Kippi’s work that caught my eye – my favourite combinations… By custom mixing and then pouring inks directly onto the canvas she creates beautiful, luminous work that draws the eye around the piece, but has a wonderful calm, elegance to it…

31945345-04F1-44BC-A71A-07C036CD6EA4.jpg                                                                  Swim Home by Kippi Leonard – ink

Her mixed media work, by contrast, is more structured with a muted palette…(one that equally appeals to me…) and expressive lines…

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Gravity No. 3 (is working against me) by Kippi Leonard – oil paint & Aquarel pencil

Although the titles are suggestive, there is a certain ambiguity which leaves the viewer open to their own interpretation… I think these are stunning…do go and visit her website…and Instagram feed…fluid, expressive, bold work…beautiful!!

I am making a conscious effort to listen to more art related ‘stuff’ and have therefore made it a mission to seek out new podcasts… and recently came across the website and podcast of Adelaide based abstract artist Laura Horn…covering all manner of art topics – from the creative side, through the psychology of art making, our fears and worries to the business side of things…there’s a whole catalogue of podcasts I have yet to listen to…however a favourite occupation of mine is procrastination…perhaps that’s why I was drawn to this episode…’Overcoming Procrastination & Self-Sabotage‘….

Apart from posting more time lapse videos, in my own practice I have been experimenting with different paper formats…narrow landscape/portrait orientation…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I am definitely encouraged by these experiments and will look to develop further…

I am also looking to update/re-do my website so have been considering what work to include on my site that best reflects where I am at present in my journey; the end result being that I have work that will probably be part of a ‘flash sale’ – so if that’s of interest, please follow me on social media, where you will also find details of work-in-progress, or, if you would like even more of my ramblings, art related ‘stuff’, insights and updates, please sign up via the link opposite to receive my monthly(ish) newsletter…

And, in a last nod to the week’s changing colour palette…a quote from the late Kyffin Williams:

‘I love the autumn

for the sense of melancholy

seems to strike my need for sadness.

There is a poetry in the dying of the year,

and mystery as well.’

Have a wonderful weekend…!!

 

 

 

Creativity…Inspirations, Imperfections…& All Points In-Between…

Grab a coffee…this is a long post…

It’s the start of another week….after the weekend before…a difficult, emotional weekend of family issues,..of accepting that certain things are out of my control…all I can control is my reaction and response…and that is definitely a work in progress…. I think it might take a while…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I would normally describe myself as an optimist with a healthy dose of realism and a touch of cynicism thrown in for good measure…however this situation has been ongoing for most of the year and has, up until now, left me feeling drained and somewhat discombobulated (what a fabulous word that is!!) and I know this has affected my creativity because my emotional state and my creativity are intertwined…but in accepting that I can only control my  actions, comes a modicum of ‘letting go’…

Regular readers of my blog will know that I have been on somewhat of a de-cluttering mission (house, art, life…) in recent months and I think this is as a direct result of all of the above…if I can’t control that situation, then I will control what I can, I will concentrate on what is important to me, for me… One of the things I find contrary is that, in my art, I love a loose, expressive style; fluid watercolours and inks, gestural marks… but away from the actual making of art…I detest disorder and mess…it makes me feel unsettled, unable to focus…hence the mission to de-clutter…do away with the superfluous…and in doing so, construct an environment and life, full of creativity…

…and in that vein, I recently came across this blog by Judy Shreve… and of particular interest is…

‘And I believe creative momentum must be cultivated. It’s not an automatic self-sustaining condition. It’s not about finding the time to be creative, but to actually live creatively. We all have full schedules and lots of responsibilities that take us away from our art making. I’m working on how to keep my creative momentum going whether I’m in my studio or not. Just because you have free time, doesn’t mean you are inspired enough to work.

So to keep this momentum, I practice my art making daily and I try and approach all my tasks as a chance for inspiration and renewal. If I can keep from being frustrated or annoyed about all the things that take me away from my work, I hope to notice more about the world around me. And that just might help, because I believe creativity must be a frame of mind – a way of looking and being in the world – not based on talent at all – just a way of being.  Then when I have studio time I’m already inspired!’ – Judy Shreve

In order to achieve the above requires a change of mindset on my part…up until now, art was one part of my life, kept mostly hidden away in the smallest bedroom, seemingly separate from the rest of my world…and yes, I will admit to being frustrated when other things required my time and energy…however, Shreve’s idea of approaching ‘all of her tasks as a chance for inspiration and renewal’ feels such a positive mindset that I am trying to change my way of thinking… Now I realise this is not going to happen overnight…but this idea of actually living more creatively, being more mindful about my creativity is very appealing…

As I mentioned earlier, I hate disorder, being in a mess; therefore part of creating, my ‘way of looking and being in the world,’ – (Judy Shreve) is about making space, having order…and, with help from my OH, we sorted and cleared my studio space…and whilst it may not look it, and whilst it may not still be exactly what I would like, it’s heaps better than it was…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…making it a place where I feel more settled and able to focus, a space to explore and experiment…spend creative time…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘A creative moment

is part of a longer

creative process which, in turn, is

part of a creative life,’

Tom Wujec

As previously stated, I have felt unsettled, unfocused and unproductive in my art (for the reasons above), even though I have participated in a couple of events, producing new work for both…I don’t feel as if I have developed a sustained, intentioned practice…but…

I have recently begun recording time lapse videos of my process…

…and even if the experiments aren’t successful every time…

…I can still find parts I like…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘There’s no need to be perfect

to inspire others. Let

people get inspired by how

you deal with your imperfections,’

Anon

And although far from perfect, these videos are serving dual purposes: on the one hand they are small steps on my way to running workshops; on the other, because of the interest generated and questions posed, they are forcing me to define what it is that interests me as well as my working processes…hopefully clarifying a way forward… Alongside developing my practice, I am also attempting to be more proactive in developing my on-line presence, growing an engaged audience…

As I said, these videos have already generated lots of interest and feedback…and are apparently inspiring artists and students alike. Adrian Homersham, who creates the most wonderful expressive landscapes, was inspired by my working processes to produce a series of rapid, abstract seascape triptychs in preparation for his workshops…

Seascape by Adrian Homersham
Seascape triptych by Adrian Homersham

I love the colour palette and energy in this; such great movement!!

I was also recently contacted by Francis Reynolds, a figurative artist who also attended Loughborough University, and now works as an art teacher alongside his own practice…apparently one of his students was inspired by my watercolour and ink work and wondered if I could give any advice or tips… Now I am a big believer in ‘giving’ – what you give out, you get back… I am always grateful for all the support, advice and encouragement that I receive on my artistic journey that I am more than happy to give what help I can…so duly obliged with some tips and advice…and I look forward to hearing of their progress!!

I won’t lie; this idea that I can be an inspiration has been such a boost for me at the moment, I am only human after all – I will try not to let it go to my head….!!

I said at the beginning that this post was a long read. I find writing a blog is much like keeping a diary; it provides a record for me as well as, at times such as this one, being a cathartic experience…and provides you, the reader, an insight into the person behind the artist…

Give me a day or two and normal service will no doubt be resumed…but if you would like to see more work-in-progress, please follow me on social media, or for even more ramblings, art matters and insights, sign up, via the link opposite, to receive my monthly(ish) newsletter…

If you have got this far, thank you for taking the time and interest…it is very much appreciated!!