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 …

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 …

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 …