Yesterday, I painted the cherries that form the header image for this blog. Nothing fancy, but I've been wanting to do them for ages and just didn't. They seemed too simple. In fact, I didn't even bother doing them in my watercolour sketchbook - that being kept for more complicated projects. No, I painted them … Continue reading Why complicated is easier than simple
Do you ever wish you could be better at your art? I know I do. Even when I produce good art, that inner critic can be a tough nut to crack! But there is one thing that you can do right now to improve your creative efforts - in fact, we could all probably do … Continue reading How to improve at just about anything
The image above is one that I sketched from a book (The Story of Paintings - a history of art for children by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom) while sitting on the beach watching my girls mess around in their inflatable row boat. (Until the oldest one, Chloe, became convinced that she saw an Eagle … Continue reading Stubborn art
This is a tree in our back garden, hanging off the cliff. It seems to have been struck by lightning at some time because only these interesting bits are left. To me, it's a good example of Wabi Sabi - it's scraggly, gnarly and definitely dead. But beautiful. I love it. I think it's gorgeous … Continue reading InkTober – Tree struck by lightning
"Here is a drawing of one of the New York Repertory Orchestra cellists. The bamboo pen I used is by far the worst I've ever tried! It barely takes any ink and does not improve when sharpened, but I admit, it is kind of fun to take on the challenge and just kind of wrestle … Continue reading Wrestling with ideas
It’s good to be dumb. It allows us to love for no reason. Natalie Goldberg If there is one thing that holds me back from freely expressing my creative spirit through the watercolours that I adore and the words that I play with, it’s that inner voice that pipes up nearly every time I sit … Continue reading Art: What’s the point?