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!
February on The Painted Diaries is all about intuitive art. I have loved being surprised each day by the characters that have come to visit. And I’m finding it interesting to see how the art that is emerging through this method is infused with an atmosphere of feeling, longing, and connection.
I have always thought of January as being nestled deep within the heart of winter. Much of what I have noticed in the natural world around me has seemed to be in tune with this idea: the bare branches of trees, the plants cut back, the red and dark purple berries. Plus, my own desire …
It has been a wonderful journey combining the Get Messy Season of Home with the technique of pattern drawing in my Painted Diaries journal. I found myself getting into a meditative state of mind while making these patterns every day. Even the cutting out of shapes from magazine images was calming and centring. Here are …
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!