The Painted Diaries 2.0 – January (part 1)

During the last few weeks of 2019, I was pondering a very important question: which journal to use for The Painted Diaries 2020? One thing was clear to me: after pushing my paper to the limit last year, I knew I needed to use watercolour paper so that I would be free to throw all …

A year of painted diaries

Never before could I have imagined that I would stick with a daily art project for a whole year! Taking part in The Painted Diaries with the ever inspiring Riet Poch has not only helped me to keep to this goal but also to expand my art making skills and have a lot of fun …

Micro-seasons creative journey – December

December has been an interesting month for following the micro-seasons. I spent the first couple of weeks of the month on a wonderful beach holiday in Barbados, came home for a few days and then travelled to Israel for a family celebration. As a result, the pages this month are tending more towards colourful blooms …

The Painted Diaries — December (part 2)

It's been great fun finding words within the pages of my writing notebook. Somehow, words and phrases sound more interesting when they are taken out of the company of other words and given lots of room to breathe. At points along my journey this was how I felt about my creativity. Now that I think …

The Painted Diaries — December (part 1)

December's theme in The Painted Diaries is found words. I started the month intending to use fragments of overheard conversations but pretty soon switched to using material from my own notebook. I have been exploring my creative story as part of the Level Up class with Caylee Grey. (Level Up is all about discovering your …

The Painted Diaries – November (part 2)

I have had a blast this month, combining the monochrome theme of The Painted Diaries with the Get Messy Season of Reflection. I have had the chance to celebrate the many blessings in my life whilst also reflecting in a more philosophical manner on such subjects as nature, dreaming, and time. One of the biggest …

Micro-seasons creative journey – November

Considering there have been so many gorgeous autumnal colours on display this month, I'm surprised to find that most of the entries in my journal have been of plants that are looking quite fresh and green! A strange few days involving several disharmonious communications. Feeling the need to assert healthy boundaries. Meanwhile, I'm in the …

Tarot-inspired art

I have just completed The Alternative Tarot Course with Beth Maiden at Little Red Tarot. After years of being interested in the tarot, this wonderful 8-week course has helped me make my own connection with the cards. As I move forward, I have a strong sense that whatever I may read in books about the …

Self-care Oracle Cards

Caroline Hiscock's's Self-care Oracle Cards seminar at Art Witch Academy has felt like the perfect nourishment for the deep Autumn that has arrived here in the UK. I love how the different seminars at Art Witch Academy inform and enrich each other. The work we did earlier this year on mapping our personal symbols really …

The Painted Diaries – November (part 1)

Has this year been going by quickly or is it just me? A new month also means a new theme in The Painted Diaries and this month’s theme is ‘monochromatic’ — picking one colour and sticking with it. The idea is that this limitation can create a paradoxical sense of freedom. All the energy that …