Studio Notes

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Studio tour!

Studio tour!

So here you are, the long awaited new studio tour!!!! I did an impromptu Facebook live after getting the room set up so I could capture the excitement and gratitude I was feeling in that moment. Now as I watch it back, I know that it will always remind me of this...

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New Studio!

New Studio!

So this has happened! This week I picked up the keys to my first ever rented studio space and as you can see I'm rather excited by it! I've been fortunate enough to have had a room at home to use as an art space until now, but as my work gets bigger and I want to...

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CVP – is it worth the investment?

CVP – is it worth the investment?

I asked myself that same question last February as I was contemplating joining the 12 week programme. Whilst I'm not averse to investing in my personal (and professional) development, it seemed a big cost at a time when money was not exactly flowing to me! I was only...

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And then we remember…. what makes it all worthwhile!

And then we remember…. what makes it all worthwhile!

Not many people realise but I'm an introvert, painfully shy and uncomfortable in a large crowd. Taking part in an art fair is a big move for me, especially as a newly returning artist. Putting yourself 'out there' and in front of a huge audience - face to face - is...

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Art is therapy – but only when it’s not the problem!

Art is therapy – but only when it’s not the problem!

In a recent blog I mentioned that art is a form of therapy to me, and that once I’m in that creative flow it’s a form of escape. A few comments endorsed the value of art therapy which I wholeheartedly agree with but I wanted to expand on why it wasn’t offering me...

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Are you in the fear cycle?

Are you in the fear cycle?

One of the biggest barriers to getting things done (including making art) is fear. This is something I’ve spoken about extensively but today in my journaling something deeper emerged. I realised that this fear can develop into a cycle that becomes self-feeding and can...

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Time for quiet reflection

Time for quiet reflection

Whew, the first day of the new year.... it feels almost a relief to be here. Not because I'm glad to see the back of 2018 (far from it actually, it was a pretty awesome year on the whole) but because there seems to be so much pressure around having fun and partying...

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When the call gets too strong to ignore

When the call gets too strong to ignore

I’m feeling pretty energised as I write this. It’s one of those days where I actually feel on top of things (rare!) and that is allowing excitement and anticipation to flow freely. It’s a great feeling, one that sadly I’m not terribly familiar with in recent times....

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What happens when you ruin your art!

What happens when you ruin your art!

2 weeks before I'm due to debut a series of new paintings at a big UK art fair I mess them up. Totally. Utterly. Ruined! I thought one was finished, and the other wasn't far off, so I carried on with them. I realised the 'finished' one needed a little bit more, so did...

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Creative blocks – the struggle is real!

Creative blocks – the struggle is real!

Fear is a real struggle! Even for accomplished artists – of all disciplines. I recently fell into a 3-week funk with my art. After an all-systems-go period of creativity I seemed to fall into a fear paralysis. I’m not sure what triggered it…. my need for perfection...

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Accountability – the best motivator!

Accountability – the best motivator!

I stalled recently on my creative endeavours. Events in my personal life have been sapping my energy and resulting in a struggle to get myself into my studio. When I feel overwhelmed like this, my creativity is one of the first things to suffer. I feel stirred to...

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Getting stuck and finishing

Getting stuck and finishing

It's been an interesting few days in the studio. Yesterday I couldn't settle, I finished one piece but struggled to get near resolution on others. I had to force myself to switch to something completely different to shake up the energy and I finished the day with only...

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