The Painted Diaries – February (part 2)

Things have been warming up this last week in The Painted Diaries with some reds, pinks, oranges and yellows. I am finding it so therapeutic spending this time sticking scraps of paper down onto the page, without having to think about what I'm trying to say or what it means! It is so lovely to feel …

Fish swim upstream, breaking the ice

It has been so bright and sunny these past few days. It really feels like spring is here. I never realised there were so many flowers this early in the year! I took a photo of these sunny crocuses a couple of days ago while on a walk through my local park and then drew …

Dormant Creatures Start to Twitch

I felt so joyous when I came across these snowdrops, like lanterns lighting the way to spring. I've been walking through the local park almost every day since I moved to Crouch End a couple of years ago. But I feel that it's only now I am starting to actually see the park. Since I …

The Painted Diaries – February (part 1)

This month in The Painted Diaries daily art project is all about colour. I was so excited when I heard of this theme, especially as February can often seem to be a little dreary outside. In preparation, I decided to do a major trawl through my stash and gather together piles and puddles of colour. I loved …

East Wind Melts the Ice

After creating a sketchbook specially for the micro-seasons creative journey project, I suddenly felt very unsure of myself. After all, I am not a nature sketcher, or even a sketcher at all. What's more, I don't "know anything" about plants and trees and flowers. How can I commit myself to a year of paying attention …

Micro-seasons creative journey

This year, I’d like to use my creativity as a way to get outdoors and connect with nature in my everyday life. Following the 72 micro-seasons of the ancient Japanese calendar, I plan to document the changes in the micro-season, in nature, and within myself in relation to all of this. The journey begins today!

The Painted Diaries – January

This year I am embarking on The Painted Diaries – a daily art project with the lovely and inspiring  Riet Poch.  We will be making art every day during 2019 with a different theme each month. In preparation, I bought 4 packs of 3 of these wonderful A5 sketchbooks from Cass Art, not realising they included two …

Season of Freedom (part 2) – The new year

During the Season of Freedom I have been working across a variety of journals: I created a comics diary for my trip to the Caribbean, I continued working in my tiny Season of Ubuntu journal, and I also worked on loose sheets of paper. I feel unfamiliar – self-portrait drawn with eyes closed on a …

Season of Ubuntu flip-thru

This tiny journal was created especially for the Get Messy Art Season of Ubuntu. It was a joy to discover just how much can happen within such a small format. I hope you enjoy this journey through its pages, too! https://youtu.be/hxcJK-tH7LM Many of the pages in this journal are inspired by the Messy Marks class …

Season of Freedom (part 1) – A Tropical Vacation

I was fortunate enough to spend the first three weeks of the Get Messy Season of Freedom on a tropical beach holiday in Barbados and Antigua. I wanted to pack light so I took with me a single slim sketchbook to act as a written diary and art journal combined. I also brought with me …