Look at what dead, spiritless plastic junk we give our babies, toddlers and young children to play with. It is shocking how these young, impressionable fingers will hold mostly man-made objects for the first days, weeks, months and years of their lives. That thought worries me as they are from birth disconnected from elemental things – earthy things – mother nature’s feel. How will children … Continue reading Re-enchant the World one Child at a Time
Just lately I have cleared an awful lot of big and scary art business deadlines such as course writing and magazine publishing. Now their looming presence is gone I feel freer and moer relaxed. The other night as I sat and watched Vera I had the added comfort of my Khadi journal open on my lap, my Jack Russell Tilly by my side and my … Continue reading Sketching my Jack Russell whilst Watching TV
If even getting down to some art feeling like wading through treacle then establishing a simple plan will help. We are all busy with life – errands, duties, work, should and must do’s so even trying to get some art time seems like an obstacle course. This is where structure comes in This year I am going to put time aside for not painting but … Continue reading Structure Keeps you Sane
PLANNING for PEACE I teach a private weekly watercolour class for 18 super people. The task of getting 39 weekly watercolour classes planned for the academic year 18-19 has been exciting, hard and satisfying. Ultimately has given my poor old mind peace instead of constantly thinking about what to paint for next class each week. I decided to get to grips with my planning as … Continue reading Planning a Year’s Watercolour Classes
I don’t know about you but round about this time of the year – after we have got through Christmas and over-eaten, over-drunk and over-everythinged I feel the need to stop. Then I take great pleasure in making plans , taking stock, re-grouping and stuff like that. All of which is helped immensely by the writing of lists. I like to make this a special event … Continue reading It’s almost Year’s End – it must be time to write lists.