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New drawings in Lockdown.

'Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.' Jack Kornfield—



My thoughts have not been on Covid 19 today, but in Nova Scotia.

The  dark drawing above I made after hearing the news of the mass killings in Nova Scotia.
Today I felt compelled to change it. We cannot allow fear to thrive.








Images speak louder than words.
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Coronavirus. Handwashing. Creativity.

Goodbye February. Hello March 2020.  Hand washing month, and Lent.
 Two years ago, at a residential workshop, I saw how fast a virus can travel. In 12 hours more than three quarters of the group were writhing in the loo.  Had we all known this was coming, certainly hand washing would have been imperative.  I was one of the few who didn't get it. My room mate did.  I'm washing my hands very frequently these days. Are you ?

Creativity. What's going on in the studio?  Not very much, yet.
I'm in limbo. In that 'liminal  stage' once again. That means being ' in between ' what has been created in January and February ( in my head heart and studio), and what's about to come next.
Drawings have been on pause these past two months.  Just one arrived.
I'm trusting the 6th sense more and more.   Appreciating everything more and more.



Dream ask believe receive. I do. I am.

Latvia.
An artists residency (I hope) in August 2020, in a town called Aizpute.
This…

Art Adventures - a new way to Retreat.

After 12 years running creative retreats at healingartjourneys.com, then a sabbatical pause, the new  retreats have arrived as naturally as spring following winter.

The Retreats will now be Art Adventures for groups of  up to 4.

3 Retreats will be for solo adventurers.

Why the change?

An Art Adventure Retreat is a sure way to break down limiting ideas and transform old patterns to find exciting new ways to develop your creative potential.

The object of a retreat is usually to take time out to re-connect with our non busy self.  To get clarity about what matters most to us. To allow ourselves space and time to play with life changing ideas .

A guided Art Adventure Retreat offers a wake up, shake up call to start being creative in a brand new way.

Are you sick of being stuck in a rut? Tired of making the same kind of art, bored taking the same kind of photos, disheartened  by writing in the same 'style.'

During an Art Adventure Retreat you will discover new creative skills, exp…

Dream Ask Believe Receive - Discovering Estonia.

Oh how can it be six months since I spoke to y'all ? Mil disculpas. A million apologies.



After considerable dreaming researching asking and believing the summer would  be creative and  fabulous, I left Spain for Lithuania and Estonia on July 6th.  I had a half made plan. There were many loose ends.  But, I was truly ready to receive, and I did, far more than I could ever have imagined.
 Of course there were many, many, many surprises.
Christmas is now just six weeks away. 2020 is nearly here.   Madre mia !  How did four months pass so quickly?





These summer months  have been all about up- rooting, re routing and reinventing my inner artist, and other bits of me too it seems. I didn't ask for this, but it happened.
By the end of August I'd decided I was a visual story teller.  No longer an artist who has solo or group exhibitions .   The viewer is invited to find their own story in whatever they see in my art - in the colors - the figures - the symbols - in the story behind…

Chicken love and other life lessons.

Ambient sounds she said.  Add ambient sounds to your animations.




So I sat outside my gate this eveningand watched the sun set, enjoying  the exquisite ambient sounds all around, especially the happy blackbird in the old walnut tree right above me. I had my first lesson in animation this evening.
Will you email me your little demo I asked my extremely talented teacher?  She paused. I know you she said,  you'll want to put it on Facebook.  Humm!  I'll need to edit it she decided. We laughed.

 Actually I was thinking of sharing it here, but I haven't succeeded.



I've been given homework. Approximately 62 drawings and some recordings of  ambient sounds for next week. That's fine. That's the nature of animation, masses of drawings with small changes. The little film will last 20 seconds ! I've wanted to make animated films all my life.








In the next blog you'll see the outcome.  In the meantime, here's the reason I've been quiet for the last however man…