Micro-seasons creative journey – October

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 …

The Painted Diaries – October (part 2)

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 Painted Diaries – October (part 1)

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 …

The Painted Diaries – September (part 2)

Much of September was spent working on backgrounds for the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace. The final stage in the process came towards the end of the month when we were at last "allowed" to add imagery and words. This was also the point where the RAWonline class and the scavenger hunt theme for The …

Micro-seasons creative journey – September

It has been so wonderful charting the shift from summer to autumn in my micro-seasons journal this past month. Not surprisingly the focus has changed from flowers to trees and fruits. I love how this project has opened my eyes to the nature that directly surrounds me. Almost all of these entires feature things that …

The Painted Diaries – September (part 1)

The theme for September in The Painted Diaries was a scavenger hunt using all sorts of found ephemera in our art journals. This month I was also planning to take part in the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace. I got a sense that at some point during the class we would be adding images and …

The Compass Rose

After the incredible and illuminating experience I had during the Reluctant Crone class with Juliana Coles this summer, I was drawn to continue with her soul-searching methods. I signed up for The Compass Rose and set my sails for the high seas, bound for an exploration of the things which ground me on my voyages …

Micro-seasons creative journey – August

This month my nature journal, for the most part, moved away from flowers into the realm of trees. This included some species from my time on yoga retreat in the South of France. Thanks to the PlantSnap app, I was able to identify them: Japanese Maple, European Smoketree, and Spanish Chestnut. This was my sixth …

The Painted Diaries – August (part 2)

The second half of The Painted Diaries for this month has uncovered even more art supplies that I hardly ever use. It seems that acrylics and watercolours are my go to art supplies. But what about all those other amazing mediums and colours? Now that I have rediscovered my stash, I hope to be using …

Prayer bowls

I've been thinking about prayer bowls lately – their beauty and simplicity – and so I returned to an Art Witch Academy seminar by Emily Mulroney on creating our own libation bowls out of clay. I haven’t worked with clay since I was at school! It was fun in some moments and frustrating in others. I’m …