When we express our creativity from the heart, allowing it the time to emerge, listening and giving expression to the stories within us, amazing things can happen.
I believe art is one of our superpowers. When we make art, it has the power to connect us more deeply to ourselves and to the people who take joy in our creations. Our art can give voice to things not yet voiced and transform the world around us.
My creative work has been greatly influenced by my involvement in three communities that are close to my heart. Each one has strengthened and nourished my creativity and, in turn, my art has become part of the wider community so that it can inspire and inform others. You can read more about these communities here.
Here’s what I’ve been getting up to lately!
The timing for each of the elements in my Painted Diaries exploration this month seems to be spot on. Last week, while I was working with the Earth element, I found myself out on the land at EarthHeart, in the beautiful Forest of Dean. This week, as I’ve been exploring my relationship with the element …
The theme for July in The Painted Diaries is up to each of us to choose! I have decided to focus on the five elements, what they mean to me, and my connection to them. This is potentially a big subject! So to keep it light and doable I am prepping the pages with watercolour …
This last month it has seemed as though summer is in full bloom! So many beautiful flowers to choose from. And thanks to the advice from artist friends, @mashaivanova9688 and @mercurialmindart, I have discovered PlantSnap app. Now it is so much easier to learn more about the wonders I am seeing each day in the natural world …
This story is for you and for all of us who are finding and using our true voices.
The Tale of the Silent Woman was written and illustrated over the 100 days and nights of the 100dayproject 2018. I began on day 1 with no idea what the story would be about. Each day I turned up and imagined what happened next. Before long, the story had a life of its own and I did my best to keep up with it!
Now you can follow the whole of The Silent Woman’s journey as she sets off to retrieve her voice which has been stolen by the North Wind. Her journey takes her up into the mountains, down into the depths of the sea and even into the Land of the Dead. On her way, she encounters the Owl Woman, the Queen of the Sea, her female ancestors, and a monk who has been guarding the Stone of Silence for over a thousand years.
In this video, I am telling the story as I turn the pages of the little handmade book I made especially for this project. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Stay tuned for a print version of the book coming soon!