The Painted Diaries 2.0 – February (part 1)

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.

Micro-seasons creative journey – January

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 …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – January (part 2)

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 …

Bowl of Wellbeing – January

Bowl of Wellbeing is ‘a one year program for women to explore self care through Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation’. Run by Mary Paffard and her daughter, Cyd Bernstein, it is presented as an online course each year. Lucky for many of us, it has also become available as a book so that women all round the world can …

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 …