10 lessons learned from trying to keep a daily sketchbook… and failing

I love the idea of keeping a daily sketchbook. I used to draw every day when I was younger and really enjoyed it. I also saw great improvements from sketchbook to sketchbook. It spurred me on and made me realise how important regular, persistent practice is. I’ve tried to pick the habit back up in the past […]

Why I draw

Alan got me a mug for Christmas that says “I might look like I’m listening to you, but in my head I’m drawing”. I giggled loudly when I opened the box- it is so true. I am always thinking about drawing. I neglected my sketchbooks and pencils quite a bit last year for a number of reasons, […]

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 […]

Artful memory-keeping: brainstorming ideas

When I share memory-keeping projects,  I often get questions like “How do you even get started on something like that?”, or “Where do you get all your ideas from?”. So today I thought I’d share a little bit about the early stages of my process. Much of my art process is intuitive, but when it […]

Action!

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 […]

Art of wild abandonment blog hop

Hello my lovelies! And a warm welcome to everyone on the Art of Wild Abandonment blog hop! If you have followed along from the start you should have gotten here from Vicki’s at Green Eyed Lady Designs. If not, or you’re not a part of the blog hop but would like to follow along anyway, […]

Wild art: week 1

I know, I know, I keep saying it, but I am having so much fun on the Art of wild abandonment workshop by Junelle and Christy. They are both such inspiring teachers, and the group is fantastic (talented, inspiring, and so supportive of each other). I’m only about half way through the projects from the […]

Dreaming of drawing

Growing up, I was rarely without a pen or pencil in my hand. I loved drawing and would draw on any paper available. I thought they were all lost, but recently, during a clear out, I came across a bunch of drawings from my teens and twenties. Such a wonderful treasure to unearth, and very […]