Word of the year

“Focus” pencil drawing of an eye in my sketchbook Hello my dears, Happy new year! Hope you had a good break! Mine was wonderful. I took a slightly longer break than I had planned to since our PC crashed the other day, but we’re up and running again now, refreshed and ready to go, so […]

Keep your head in the clouds

Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. I’ve not drawn or painted faces for a long time (it shows!), but lately I’ve been obsessed with poses. Especially the children’s poses. I have been jotting them down in my journal as I see them, in the hope of developing them later […]

July highlights

These highlight pages have quickly become some of my art journal favourites. I love being able to see at a glance what we have been up to during a particular month. I make them as simple as possible on purpose so that I am more inclined to make them, and let the words and doodles […]

Let your heart guide you

Let your heart guide you. It will lead you home. I’ve been feeling restless lately, which usually means big changes are happening. I feel them in my body long before I can put them into words or action. I’m always impressed with how the body knows what’s best for me, even when I push and […]

I believe I can fly

For a long time after I was physically ready to go out in public again after having been bedridden/ housebound for several years, I was afraid to. As much as I wanted to, being around people was pretty scary. The world was noisy, and I was afraid of getting bumped and hurt. My back was […]

Art journal: In the still

I slip out of the comfort of my warm bed, shivering as the cool air hits my body. Sneaking out of the master, I expertly side-step the creaky floorboards and toys piled outside the children’s bedrooms to look in on my sleeping babies. I smile as I see their familar forms. Aoife is sprawled out […]

oh the places we’ll go

I’ve been racking my brain for the last couple of days trying to think of a nice story to go with this art journal page. I have plenty of undefined ideas to choose from,  but my head has been foggy lately and what I really want to scream say is this… ENOUGH OF WINTER ALREADY!!!! […]

girly art date

It was half term here last week. And nostalgia and melancholy hit me hard at the beginning of the week as I watched my big girl being…well, big. Before we could even get dressed Monday morning I found myself packing away 6 pairs of trousers that were suddenly too small on her willowy frame. And […]


There’s a famous scene in The Matrix, where Neo is taken to see the Oracle to find out if he is The One (the saviour, who will ultimately destroy the Matrix). She gives him some cryptic answers, which he takes to mean that he isn’t. Why doesn’t the Oracle give him a straight answer? Why doesn’t […]

celebrating 2012: creative achievements

I first came across these annual lists over at iHanna’s a few years ago and have been amazed by them ever since. I love the idea of celebrating what we have accomplished in a year. And as a memory-keeper, I find it a great record too. 2012 was a slow year for me. I felt […]