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Happy Valentine’s Day! I often speak of how Artfully Carin is my online dream home. I’m happy to say it’s a house built on love and devotion. Sure, it needs a bit of work to get it “just right”, but I don’t mind. I’m happy to put in the work because I love this place […]

Kirby 3 (a birthday interview)

Three years ago today, at 10.45 am (the very time I post this), our boy wonder Kirby was born. In the three years since, he’s gone from being a Velcro baby who would only sleep in my arms for the first ten weeks of his life, to a confident, cheeky little boy who loves vehicles, […]

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 […]

Art for Aoife: dance and be happy!

When we did up Aoife’s room last year, she asked for it to be pink and purple, have plenty of space for her to draw, and have a ballet/ dance theme. I’m not that keen on heavily themed rooms, but I wanted her to feel the space was really hers, so I added a few […]

Art for Aoife: dance like nobody’s watching

Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth. ~ Mark Twain Yay! The first canvas for Aoife’s room is done! I have to admit I was a bit nervous about it. I mean, come on, the girl wanted pink and purple for Pete’s […]

Geisha {mixed media}

Look! It’s finished! This is what I have been working on for the last couple of weeks. A geisha! Who knew I had it in me? Not me, that’s for sure! You see, the piece started off as a Valentine’s project! A Valentine’s project I’d thought about for months at that… planned in some detail, gathered stuff […]

Mixed media: A Joyful Heart

  I bought some canvases on sale the other weekend. I had never worked on canvas before and was slightly intimidated by it, so chose one of the smaller pieces (5 x 7″/ 12.7 x 17.7cm) to experiment on. I had lots of fun though and this is the result- A Joyful Heart. It looks a […]

Mixed media: Wash Day

  I loved the background I made for the mixed media landscape a while ago, and quickly made some more while the paint combinations were still fresh in my mind. I just love blue and green together. The background is acrylics on on brown paper, with added gold flower stickers, crochet thread, scraps of background […]

Mixed media landscape

I am  having so much fun in the studio at the moment. I’m pushing my own boundaries, stretching my comfort zone and redefining what art is and means to me. Mostly I’m learning not to apologise for anything I make. This piece was definitely part of that process. I had so much fun making it. […]