I have a lockdown confession, I have struggled to get motivated through my 3rd lockdown. The motivation was lost for a lot of the things I love, yoga (which I have practiced regularly for over 12 years), my painting, home projects, reading/writing and of-course housework. I’ve languished! I’m kinda freaking out now that the end is near and I have “wasted” my time, time I could have done so much more with. So I don't throw myself into a complete miserable funk I have to rearrange my mindset to be kinder to myself and have a look at what I did manage to do with the days and hours regardless of how big or small the achievements were. Because let's face it, we are surviving a worldwide pandemic, we have had our wings clipped and been told to stay put. So the everyday things we all managed to pull off are relatively big things during a time like this. I am choosing to be proud of the fact that I have managed to keep my family fed and sheltered, I successfully pulled off a zoom art work shop for my wonderful creative students, I have updated my website and signed up to be apart of The Blue Mountains Artfest. I also made myself paint small, so these two Goddesses have helped me feel like I have achieved something creative. This time we have just spent in lockdown has been tough for some and productive and wonderful for others, I just hope whatever it was for you that you look back at it and treat yourself kindly.
I recently put my art workshops on hold so I could have the time to tackle a creative project. I love painting and I love teaching however I think my biggest driver is curiosity. My belief is that creativity is curiosity put into action (I'm sure someone before me said this but I don't know who that clever person was) that said to do and learn something new we have to stretch beyond our creative limits. We have to take the risk that there will be failure and in that failure we learn all the things we need to know to achieve a successful outcome. If we feel that we haven't achieved success I think it is time to change our definition of what success is, because everything we attempt has a learning and that is what success is all about.
The last couple of months I have gone down a path of teaching myself how to make and cast plaster, understanding the nuances of resin (man that stuff can do some damage to your work bench) soaking and hand weaving natural raffia to create art wall tiles. This has reminded me that I love being a maker and I love to share my art.
I now have a collection of art wall tiles that have all been hand made and decorated with tassels, acrylic paint and gold leaf. I hope you love my new work and even if I do say so myself I think they will make lovely Christmas gifts (yep, it's that time of year agin!). To view the current collection visit HERE
Ps. "Doing it is forward, not doing it is backward". Unknown
We are over halfway through the year and what a year it's been! It's been hard and challenging and I must say I have lost my way a few times. The studio has been busy for the first half of this year with some wonderful visitors attending workshops. They have come to learn and create and I have been left feeling artistically inspired by every one of them. We have explored the "Alchemy" of mixed media, we drank Rosé and painted roses, we created love hearts with paint and vintage papers and we ate lots of cheese and had many laughs along the way.
I love teaching and plan on doing a lot more however I am going to take the next few months to tackle two creative projects I have been wanting do for a long time, which means classes will be postponed for a short while. The first project will be a Goddess mini canvas art collection, these new and original mini artworks will be an affordable way for my collectors to gift to others (or themselves) for Christmas, they will be wrapped and ready to gift for that crazy time of year, which is just around the corner! My second project is a collection of bespoke art wall plaques encapsulating some of my favorite Goddesses paintings, they will be unique and completely handcrafted. I am very excited about this as I created my first prototype on the weekend and it has turned out beautifully and I can't wait to show you.
To all of you who joined me in the studio, I thank you for sharing your time with me and I will see you with some more workshops soon, in the mean-time happy creating!
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Seasons greetings, 2017 has presented some big challenges for my family and I. We have just finished renovating our house which for your information, we are not renovators! It has been stressful, fun and frustrating. I wanted to say a big "thank you" to those that supported me by buying my art in 2017 and the shops Bella Boheme, Late September and North Steyne Emporio who have been so patient with a lack of supply due to my new role as "renovator extraordinaire". I am looking forward to getting back into my back yard studio in the new year and can't wait to see you for workshops and painting classes, it feels like it has been such a long time (12months to be precise). Merry Christmas and I hope for you lots of creativity in your life. x
Hello, I wanted to update you on the new studio. Progress has been slow but as one of my tribe members commented, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Now, this little backyard studio is not even close to being a Rome, however, it is taking it's slow old pace. Our DIY endeavors proved tricky (ok, useless and impossible) so we had to call in for some help. By the end of this week, I am hoping the gyprock and floor will be finished and ready for painting. My desire to have the studio up and running for workshops during the holidays is not going to be a reality, thank you for your understanding. I you would like to be updated when workshops and classes resume, please fill out the form below. You can also see lots of art and studio updates over on Instagram!
Welcome to 2017. I am excited to let you know that we have been creating an art studio in our backyard. It has been a labour of love, we had the pre-fab cabin put in by builders and we are now slowly pulling it together with insulation, plasterboarding and painting. My dream is not only to have this as a working/painting studio but a safe and creative space I can share with you all. I'm am looking forward to hosting art workshops and creative nights and hope you can join me. I hope you all enjoyed your festive season, I had a wonderful workshop with Mums and Sons before Christmas where we created fabulous Christmas baubles. The conversation and creativeness of the boys were infectious and vibrant. It was a pleasure to have those that came. Thank you for supporting my endeavour in spreading the belief in creativity for all!
If you would like to see more progress shots of the studio please join me over on Instagram and if you want to join my creative tribe and receive updates on workshops and classes sign up here! For those of you who are interested the studio is painted in Dulux Weathersheild Semi-Gloss - (straight) Black and 1/2 Lexicon (white).
Have a great start to the school year and I look forward to sharing more updates soon.
I haven't written here for a while. I love writing, it is another creative process which I enjoy immensely. However it takes a back seat to artist, mothering, wifing (I don't think that is a word) and casual Education Support Assistant. Therefore, I have been contemplating balance. I think all the parts of me are working well together but not necessarily "balanced". I have been painting a lot of late as I have been teaching a fabulous group of people, we have been on a journey of listening to our inner voice. I have had the oppurtunity to teach, inspire and encourage. However it meant, not a lot of writing was done and I may have forgotten to feed the kids a couple of times. I believe when we try to aspire to a "balanced" life, it puts a lot of pressure on us, the frustration when we can't find the balance and the irritation, like an itch under the skin when we know it just isn't going to happen or we can't make it work. But what if we took all our "parts" and practised "balance-ing"? To weigh and consider, to be steady in our endeavours and to evaluate? All these wonderful attributes can be used not only in everyday life but also when we are being creative. I think I will keep this in mind when I start my next painting, because I'm sure if I listened to my inner wisdom these attributes would bubble to the surface and make the process so much more enjoyable.
Sydney based mixed media artist.