100 days of story (week 12)

The Silent Woman has travelled far and wide, undergoing great hardship and receiving many gifts. She is no longer the same woman who set out on her journey of transformation. It is time for her to face The North Wind. She is ready! I am posting the latest instalment of the story each day over …

100 days of story (week 11)

There was a carefree quality to starting out on this adventure. Each day I had the sense that anything could happen. I cast my net and pulled in all sorts of characters and happenings from the far reaches of my imagination. There is something potent about this stage of the story. The tapestry is now …

Season of Story (part 1)

The Season of Story has begun! And it's already taking me by surprise. I thought I would be telling specific stories but instead I find I am attempting to express something about story itself. This first page was created during a wonderful Get Messy hangout. 'How did I get here?' This page was inspired by …

100 days of story (week 10)

Even though The Silent Woman has not been able to speak for most of the story so far, this week things get really silent. There's a monk who has been patiently and silently guarding The Stone of Silence for 1000 years. And it's pretty much impossible for our heroine and her friend, Lam, to do …

The Ancient Ones

There are some images that appear on the page, whether it is a page of writing or of visual art, that keep coming back in different forms over time. For me, one image that keeps returning is that of The Ancient Ones. Years ago, when I was doing my MA in creative writing at Middlesex …

100 days of story (week 9)

I can't believe we have already reached day 63 in the 100 day project. Time seems to be moving very fast all of a sudden! And, while there is still plenty of road to travel, I am very much aware of the need to move towards an end to the story. This knowledge is affecting …

A Messy Conversation

Today I had the great pleasure of being interviewed for Get Messy Art Journal by one of my favourite Messy Artists, the fabulous Misty Granade. We talked about my creative story so far, the things that inspire me to create, how there's no such thing as a beginner, and a whole lot more. Here is …

Getting ready for the Season of Story

I'm always a little sad when a season comes to an end at Get Messy. This lasts for about five seconds, however, before the excitement of a new season kicks in! And the season that has begun today is all about my favourite thing in the whole world – story. Each season this year we …