Art inspiration during tough times

I’m working from home and am almost through my eighth week of recovering from a bulging disc in my lower back. Brisbane is in a kind of partial stay-at-home level of lock down, so it’s important for me to have hobbies to focus on. As I have felt better I have been able to doContinue reading “Art inspiration during tough times”

Still Standing

My lumber spine is recovery slowly and I am standing more than ever! I feel like singing, “I’m still standing, yeah yeah yeah!” – lyrics from some song by Elton John. I never said I was a big music person, but I do love art and writing. And I love creative living. I’m standing atContinue reading “Still Standing”

The Start of Creativity 2020

The start of 2020 has been full on for me. I’ve had the challenging experience of making a difficult decision (with my brother) to admit our mother to permanent aged care. It was a very difficult and emotional time but mum seems to be doing well and I can only hope that she enjoys herContinue reading “The Start of Creativity 2020”

Celebrating Art in 2019

I have been delving into a daily art practice since May this year and I want to share with you the joy that this form of creative expression brings me. To do this, I have put together a six minute video showing a lot of the portraits I have done and some of the creativeContinue reading “Celebrating Art in 2019”

Creativity Keeping Me Steady

I’ve completed 39 of 100 portraits in my 100 portraits challenge. I have no time frame to do them in. I just want to practice and keep learning how to develop my own creative expression on paper. The images above are the my three most recent drawings. Two are cross hatching with a micron penContinue reading “Creativity Keeping Me Steady”

Mindful Creativity

I’ve been exploring mindful creativity through my art and journal writing practice. It is way of connecting with my inner creativity and continuing to learn that art and writing are tools which bring me completely into the present moment. My portrait practice has slowed but I am continuing to make progress both in creative expressionContinue reading “Mindful Creativity”

Art and Writing Practice

It’s been some time since I last wrote a blog post. I’ve been continuing my art and writing practice while also working. Below is my latest portrait. I’m continuing to practice my portraiture skills and my crosshatching skills. This is portrait 29 of 100. Below are some progress photos of my most recent portrait.  Continue reading “Art and Writing Practice”

Arty fun has been had

In recent weeks, I have been diving deeper into my art practice. My writing brain is having a holiday from the pressure of editing my novel. I’ve felt a bit burnt out with my writing lately and needed to give myself permission to do something fun where I have no pressure to be at publicationContinue reading “Arty fun has been had”

Life Drawing a Couple

Last Wednesday night I went to life drawing class and had an opportunity to draw two models in the same sitting. They were life partners, so very comfortable with each other. This drawing (above) was my favourite from the night. It wasn’t easy to do as I had to look at each section individually andContinue reading “Life Drawing a Couple”

100 Portraits Progress Update

This week, I finished the Sktcy online course, ‘Faces with France: Wrinkles’. The portrait above is the art I worked on as I did the last class. It was great and it took me about two hours to do this piece. I’m only just beginning to understand how to create wrinkles on the face thatContinue reading “100 Portraits Progress Update”