Home Time – New Artwork

I just wanted to give you a little update on a new original watercolour painting that I’ve just added to my shop – it’s called, ‘Home Time‘.  My other watercolour paintings that I have available are here and prints may be created from any of my original paintings.  If you would like a print that is not listed in my shop, please just let me know. This talk of ‘Home Time’ gets me thinking about home in general at this special time of year – Continue reading →

December : dreams + goals

Hello December More than ever this year, I want to really savour Christmas and not just watch it pass by in a blur – yep, I’m determined and this is showing up in my December : dreams + goals for this month. I’m putting aside time each day (and as a family) to remember what Christmas really means to me and trying to do away with details, chores and busyness that just doesn’t need or warrant my attention.  So far it’s going okay and I’m Continue reading →

Big News |Art as Prayer – Art Circle Invite for Women

Art as Prayer – Art Circle So, I know I’ve hinted here and there that I’ve been ‘up to something‘ and now I can finally do the big reveal! I’ve created an art circle/forum for women just like you, called ‘Art as Prayer‘.  This is something I’ve been longing to do for such a long time and I can’t quite believe it’s happening… I want this to be a place of creativity, art (of course) but also a place of encouragement, friendship, play, joy, faith, Continue reading →

Advent Family Activity

Following on from yesterday’s post, I just wanted to share with you all a little video of our Advent family activity as it’s progressed so far.  I’ll show progress shots from time to time but I really just wanted to post this to hopefully inspire you to make this Advent special for your family in whatever feels right and fitting for you and your cirumstances. In case you’re interested, we had a roll of white craft  paper and have cut off a long sheet of Continue reading →

How To Make This Christmas Meaningful

A Christmas that is meaningful for all the ‘right’ reasons… Today I’m thinking about this first day of Advent and at the same time, the impending craziness of the lead up to Christmas Day and I’m wondering how to make this Christmas meaningful for all the right reasons for myself and my family. It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. – Mother Teresa There’s Continue reading →

Catch up with Jane + The Hurt Healer

Catch up + Happy Thanksgiving! I really just wanted to have a little catch up with you and update you on a few things. Also, happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends – enjoy your celebrations! Firstly, it was my hubby’s 50th birthday yesterday and we had such a nice day celebrating this milestone (eek – can’t quite believe it).  Last night we went to our (fairly) newly opened Jamie Oliver’s restaurant here in Harrogate and had a lush meal – it was just the Continue reading →

Delight painting class peek

Delight Painting Class Peek Play like a child, because you are still that beautiful child. ― Bryant McGill Whilst making the last of the videos for my newly finished Delight Painting Class I realised my artwork was loosening up more and more and it’s been a bit of a turning point for me and my art-making process.  I usually work intuitively but this brought things to a whole new level and I totally like it. I had signed up recently for Tim’s Sally’s ecourse entitled Continue reading →

Rememberance Sunday + my journal

Yesterday of course was Rememberance Sunday and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I found it really moving.  It’s always a special and somber day but yesterday more profound still with the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.  My grandfather fought in that battle and though he never talked about it to my mother very much (I was about two when he died), I know it must have affected him tremendously. Above is a photo of the poppy installation Continue reading →

November : dreams + goals

Hello November Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ― Edith Sitwell Gosh, November’s here and it doesn’t really feel like November because in my part of the world (UK), it’s been unseasonably mild.  However, it will change (already has a little) and that’s okay – I love the distinct change of the seasons that we experience here.   So for Continue reading →

Star Bird – the deeper meaning

I wanted to share with you all my new painting entitled ‘Star bird‘ and to chat a little about the deeper meaning behind it. Sometimes when life tries to suck you dry, I find it comforting to know that there is a bigger picture (to what I’m seeing) and whilst we may not be always aware of it, it’s still the truth.  There are a number of tough situations on my radar at the moment and sooner or later it usually becomes obvious that you Continue reading →