Creative Changes and Coaching

I’ve been writing this blog since 2013 (if my memory serves me), and it’s always been about sharing my love of creativity, my art, writing and inspiring others to be creative in some way, however, in January 2021, two things happened in my life that will impact the way I do things here. First, IContinue reading “Creative Changes and Coaching”

Animal Portraits

I’ve been very quiet for a while and that’s because I have been developing my animal/pet portraiture skills in procreate, watercolour, ink pen and prismacolor pencils. I’ve also finished working for a while and this has afforded me some creative time to explore my art, creative writing and to develop a business in coaching creativeContinue reading “Animal Portraits”

Developing an eye for values

I believe it is vitally important to take time to be creative. For me, it is how I allow my brain time to unravel the big issues I am facing and most importantly, it is how I de-stress and manage to quiet anxious thoughts and feelings. Drawing, painting and focusing on my creative life throughContinue reading “Developing an eye for values”

Sketching and Portrait Practice

My drawing practice has been taking twists and turns. I’m still working through my 100 portraits and practicing the human face using various techniques (as you can see from my digital and pen portraits below), but I’ve also been fascinated by lions lately and above you can see three of the studies I’ve been workingContinue reading “Sketching and Portrait Practice”

It’s been an arty kinda month

It’s been a while since I wrote a post. Seems to be something I say a lot lately. Life’s been busy with my deep dive into developing my life drawing and anatomy skills, learning oil portrait painting, more progress on my portrait practice challenge, and developing my digital art skills too. In between all ofContinue reading “It’s been an arty kinda month”

Developing Digital Portraits

Since May I have been diving deep into learning how to use Procreate and developing new digital portraits. It’s a whole lot of fun but also a lot of work as I have had to train my brain to think of drawing in layers that sit one on top of the other. Below is aContinue reading “Developing Digital Portraits”

Sunflowers and the Arty Lifestyle

I couldn’t walk past a trio of sunflowers while out shopping for essential groceries. The bright yellow drew my eye and I whisked the sunflowers from the bucket and into my basket without a second of hesitation. I new the moment I saw their pretty faces that I wanted to draw them and paint themContinue reading “Sunflowers and the Arty Lifestyle”

Portraits & Botanical Drawings

I’ve been keeping-on-keeping-on with my portrait practice. Last week I hit portrait 65 of 100 of my portrait practice challenge. I’m happy to say that my ability to see what is in front of me and draw that is improving. This means I am becoming much better at drawing portraits that have a likeness toContinue reading “Portraits & Botanical Drawings”

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”