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!
October’s micro-seasons have transported us from the golden days of post-summer to the chilly days and early nights of a colder season. As well as the expected fiery leaves and succulent fruits, there have been all sorts of surprises such as the mushrooms that seemed to appear from one day to the next and the …
It really seems to be true that drawing something makes me feel more connected to it. This has very much been the case over the past month as I have attempted to draw some friends from the animal kingdom. I have been greatly inspired by two books: The Creature Garden by Harry and Zanna Goldhawk …
The theme for October in The Painted Diaries is drawing! (Tying in with the #inktober drawing challenge.) I decided this is a wonderful opportunity for me to practice drawing something I find really challenging: ANIMALS! Armed with these two books for inspiration and encouragement, I’m hoping this will be an inspiring month and one which …
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!