This week I’ve had two lovely things happen. My range of Alison’s Ark watercolour cards that are under license with Museums & Galleries Collection are now in 2018 calendar form! I am delighted to know that they are going to be sold UK-wide at W H Smiths and other outlets. 2. A batch of 20 hand drawn ink dog cards that I did have been … Continue reading A Few Bits of Lovely News
You can find beauty in any ordinary everyday subjects such as a cup of tea, a folded magazine, a few humble garlic bulbs by just giving them your deep loving attention. Attending slowly as you draw and paint even commonplace items means they start to be imbued with some magical essence that cannot be bought at any art store – that magical substance is … Continue reading Enhancing any experience with attention
OVERWHELMED BY POSSIBILITIES As an artist it is overwhelming sometimes. I am interested in expressing so many subjects in so many styles and in so many moods. At times I flit between subjects never really going as deep as I would like. I feel I am surface – not able to commit to anything. This creates stress in me as I wish I could focus … Continue reading Creators – What are your deep loves?
..aren’t we all?! But in an article from the magazine “Flow” last month I came across an idea that says we are actually unconsciously searching for excitement when we think we are looking for happiness. My interest was piqued! This struck a chord with me and I thought about the usual things I go to in search of happiness – music, drawing, reading a thriller … Continue reading Looking for Happiness
Create Your Own Universe Today I received a book through the post called “Create Your Own Universe” – it’s for writers and illustrators and anyone who wants to create a fantasy world of their own – or even a real one! It’s by The Brothers McLeod – have a look at their website – they are my new and immediate creativity gurus. Their website … Continue reading Just discovered inktober in the nick of time!
THE REAL McCOY I love real things – not copies. Last Saturday I went into Pontypridd to buy the latest edition of Flow (“the magazine that takes its time”) from WH Smiths. After doing a few other errands I then retired to Costa Coffee for a read and to passively watch people and immerse myself into teh aromas and sounds of coffees being made. I … Continue reading Be More You – The Fun of Raw and Immediate Pen & Wash
Today it feels that everything is driven by wanting more, bigger, better. I don’t know about you but I feel that way too much choice is actually making us miserable and very distracted. To coin a Joni Mitchell line I personally would like to live in a world where there is “None of the crazy you get from too much choice”. I think things … Continue reading Smalling