Crafting isn’t a hobby, it’s therapy

I am rubbish at meditating, absolutely rubbish. And it’s not for want of trying; I’ve read books about meditation and mindfulness, joined yoga clubs, listened to calming CDs, discussed meditating with therapists and have even tried going for a relaxing massage, but that just made me laugh. I decided to get a Zen app on…

Travels with my Art Named as one of the Top 100 Art blogs in the World

There is a quote which has haunted me since I first heard it as a self-conscious, paranoid and self-doubting teenager. The quote was from one of my painting heroes and possibly the most confident and cock-sure artist of them all, Pablo Picasso, who said: “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks…

Let’s go where we’re happy and I’ll meet you at the cemetery gates

Sombre, scary and creepy are the feelings usually associated with visiting graveyards  but for me walking around a cemetery is a truly uplifting experience. Eerie sometimes, yes, but there is always an overwhelming feeling of peacefulness, contemplation and curiosity. From as far back I can remember, I have enjoyed wandering through graveyards… now I guess…

Anchor Chains, Plane Motors and Train Whistles

Do you know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? Anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles. These are not my words, but those of one of my favourite film characters of all time, George Bailey (James Stewart) from the classic 1946 movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘.  When I embark on pretty…

The World Was Suddenly Rich with Possibility

Some books you read at exactly the right age and time in your life. For me “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac was one of those books. As I read it I remember thinking that travel would be THE escape route from my humdrum home countries Hertfordshire existence and I remember scribbling down so many inspirational quotes…

I am the resurrection and I am the life – The tale of Bertie Rooster

This is the story of the luckiest, most cock-sure cockerel that has ever lived – Bertie Wooster. We bought Bertie about a year ago. We named him Bertie, because my youngest daughter, Frida, has difficulties pronouncing the letter r and says wooster rather than rooster, hence Bertie Wooster. He soon had a lady friend which…

You are the ones we’ve been waiting for

“You are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” This was the key phrase used in the inspiring speech given by Kenyan radio presenter Caroline Mutoko at the official opening of this year’s 34th East Africa Model United Nations. Last month I was lucky enough to be a staff member accompanying a group of students from Isamilo…

Painting is Just Another Way of Keeping a Diary

I was asked to paint some pictures for staff who were leaving Isamilo International School in Mwanza this year. These images were the results. Which one is your favourite? I am now off work for 8 weeks… so plenty of time for painting, sewing and lots of crafty fun. And as Pablo Picasso once said:…

The Sun Just Touched the Morning – Early Bird

I love the light first thing in the morning and wherever I am in the world I always get up early on one day so I can capture the moment either on film or in my sketchbook. Whether it be a sunrise over a beautiful natural wonder or people getting ready for the day in…