Stubborn art

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…

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The Seasons of Writing

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour The seasons have changed and Spring is finally here. This year, she announced her arrival like a bouncer at a nightclub. Almost overnight, all signs of Winter – the troublemaker, in my opinion – were forcefully hauled…

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Art: What’s the point?

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…

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How to cook up a story

Last night we were watching one of the older seasons of Canadian Master Chef. We love Master Chef, although neither my partner nor I could actually be bothered to cook – we just throw suff together in the kitchen because the children are perpetually hungry. I’ve compared writing to cooking many times because to me,…

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The fuel of creativity

When I packed up my life in South Africa, said goodbye to everything I knew and boarded the aeroplane with my two kids and partner to come and start a whole new life in a new country, I did so feeling like it was meant to be. I felt it was a spiritual journey, that…

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Synonyms for “too scared to start”

“…well, dare we call it boredom? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a kind of fear of getting started.” Rice Freeman-Zachary, in Creative Time and Space. This idea of “fear of getting started” got me thinking about all the creative projects I’ve been involved in, and the process I went through before I was able to…

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