Make Art That You Love

I created this piece for the Make Art That Sells course that I am taking run buy the gorgeous Lilla Rogers.
The brief was to create a mixed media abstract piece of wall art. To include; flowers, text and specified colours. After two weeks and about 4 or 5 very very different attempts and approaches, all of which I thought were ok but was not completely happy with...I was getting anxious about it and a little stressed...I really wanted to submit something I was proud then I took a step back, left it for a few days and told myself to 'breathe'.

I created this one in the last two days before the submission date and just got it in by the skin of my teeth. But, most importantly, I was happy with it.

During the process of these different attempts I experienced a mental shift where I started by trying to make what I thought "they" were looking giving up on that and just wanting to make something that I loved and would hang on my own wall, and be proud to have in my portfolio. (This was Lilla's advice too but it took a while for me to be brave enough to put that advice into action.)

As Lilla says "Be you with a vengeance".

The most amazing thing for me was that Lilla loved it too. Which was such a lovely and much needed boost to my creative confidence. I think I am getting to a place where I don't need lots of external acknowledgement for me to love my work and to do the work, as it is the creating and making that is most important than the feedback or sales. But every now and then I do have lulls in confidence...and the love and the sales are so so lovely.

Do you, like me, find that these little jolts of encouragement come just when they are most needed? I hope they do...

Happy creating
Ooh i grew a cactus! One day I will be a gardener, but for now...
And mosaic; I love mosaic...


New pattern design...wonky mosaic inspired diamonds.


Sasquatch and the Mermaid ...the perfect couple?

So I have heard that every full moon the hairy man descends from the mountains to the sea where the mermaid rises from the depths to greet him under the moonlight...

A bit of a boogie woogie; get down goes on, or so I have heard!


Imagine my surprise when I looked out of my window to see a mermaid sitting in the garden. She had the most fabulous pinkish red hair.


 I wanted to share some more painty things I have created... Its all about enjoying the messiness of the paint and delighting in the wet sticky colour (just like at kindergarden) ...I incorporate glitter and yummy coloured dirts and ochres which I have been grinding from collected rocks. I have become quite a connoisseur of both glitter and 'dirt' ahem ochres. Mostly these pieces loosely reflect the island landscape of my home; the mountains, the granite boulders, the sea, the reef. But essentially they are an excuse to be lost in the moment and enjoy the materials for what they are while being  lost in the play of contrasts, forms, textures and colours...


I now have large prints of my paintings available on canvas or paper.
The print quality is beautiful.
You can contact me directly to order custom sizes of these.

I love the way they are looking in large scale.
I have also been adding these to my etsy store.
I would love to actually paint this big most of the time but I just do not have the room at the moment. 
That (a bigger studio space) is a work in progress!