Saturday, 26 September 2009


Last night, the hard side of being out there as an artist hit home. As I sat there at 2am then 3, then 4 before I finally went in search of something to ease what even meditation/contemplation couldn't shift - a cup of camomille tea and a small glass of wine - I decided that this too is part of the journey, and needed to be told. Sometimes it becomes so scary, this creative and financial knife's edge I walk on a daily basis, that I feel like I have to give up. But then I think about what then....this is who/what I am. I refuse to quit when it would trivialize every sacrifice I've made to get to this point! Fear not, we all hit this, and more often than we like to admit. And I always, always manage to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and picking up the brush loaded with paint again.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Other Artist's Pursuits

I'm pleased to share with you all the creation of a new business by my friend, Alice Barker. The is now open for business. I particularly am excited by the idea that Alice suggests, that a website is a reflection of our personality, as well as what information we want to get out to the rest of the world! Alice is an artist in her own right, with a very different medium to mine. Well done, Alice!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

conflicting urges

Today is one of those beautiful highland sky, brilliant autumn color starting to appear, and a soft breeze. Sometimes its impossible to achieve anything when its like this; when you need to pick up a brush - there is a live painting on the easel that just cries out to you to "finish me!" and needs the light of a day like today....but because its so achingly beautiful outside, you can't start anything, and spend time just moving between the studio and outdoors, achieving nothing. Some days are just like that.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Hello, I'm new to this, but there are so many things to say....just being an artist is a challenge, but today, we have to be able to talk about ourselves, what we're looking at, how we do what we do, (I paint), our "process". As if its not enough to just be able to create, or to need to create!