The Art of Pastel Poppies — Come See the Photo Process

It's been a while since I did an art blog and it's been an even longer while since I did one of my pastel poppy drawings (it's actually been years! I've been mostly painting in acrylic these days). I missed using pastels so I decided to do a BIG poppy artwork and photograph the process... Continue Reading →

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If You Love Trees, You Simply Can’t Miss Out on This New Painting!

I literally downed my brushes yesterday! This is my latest creation called, 'Celebration (Tree of Life Series)' and is an Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas. The size is 75cm x 75cm x 4cm (nice and big!!!). If you're interested in purchasing the original — it is available at SaatchiOnline (CLICK HERE) or as... Continue Reading →

Tchaikovsky: Messages from the Masters (Video and Free Color Therapy Download incl.)

For those of you who have been following my recent 'drawing to the classics' videos, this latest one is quite unusual. For those who haven't, you can recap on the previous blogs here: New Concepts: What Does a Bach Masterpiece Look and Feel Like? (Video Included) What Do Debussy and Mercury Have in Common? The... Continue Reading →

Viva Vivaldi! Connecting Us to Intelligent Design Through Music (incl. Art Process Video)

Exploring Music and Tapping Into Meaning In my previous video blogs I explored a haunting tune from Bach (view HERE) and the enticing sounds of Debussy (view HERE) through drawing to their music and seeing what emerges onto my whiteboard (including the feelings that arose). Today, I immersed myself in the blooming, fresh sounds of Antonio Lucio... Continue Reading →

What Do Debussy and Quicksilver Have in Common? The Answer May Surprise You!

Turning Music into Art and Feeling To recap on the last video blog (New Concepts: What Does a Bach Masterpiece Look and Feel Like? (Video Included)) CLICK HERE. This week I tuned into another one of my all-time favourite composers, Claude Debussy. The feelings that came up after listening to Debussy were: Whimsy, Magic, Playfulness, Fluidity... Continue Reading →

New Concepts: What Does a Bach Masterpiece Look and Feel Like? (Video Included)

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" — Albert Einstein Channeling Music into Emotive Art Before I launch into my Bach revelation, I want to give you a little bit of background about where I'm coming from: I embarked on an auditory and visual journey in... Continue Reading →

Get Me OUT Of Purgatory! The Emotions Behind the Nirvana Painting, ‘Cold Burn’

Birth, Death and Everything In Between I went all out this year for my 40th Birthday and decided to throw a 40 Rock party! Everyone came dressed as one of their favourite music icons from the past 40 years. I chose Kurt Cobain (yip, that's me above on the left — the beard was drawn... Continue Reading →

Cold Burn to Nirvana? Rock Art Painting No.8 is Something Different (Photo’s Included)

  It's been a while since I finished the latest edition to my rock art series (if you don't know what this is, please take a look at this tantalizing, musical artscape journey so far by clicking HERE: pictures, blogs, line up — the whole toot!). Why has it taken me so long to reveal?... Continue Reading →

New Photographs of Painting ‘Iceland Poppy Mix’ and Art on Duvet Covers!

Back in the Studio It feels great to finally be settled enough in my new home to be able to dedicate time to painting again. "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" — Pablo Picasso Spring is well underway here in South Africa and the flowers, especially poppies,... Continue Reading →

Photo’s: Painting the Extraordinary Life

New Ideas, New Life The first week of my move into the country in July 2014, I had this epiphany of a smorgasbord painting of delight! The image was so bright, vivid and clear in my mind's eye that I pondered it for weeks. I finally jotted down a rough sketch and waited for my opportunity... Continue Reading →

How to Paint a Quick and Easy Stain-Glass Effect

Doors Are First Impressions! Have you ever pondered how one of the first things you see about a person's home is their front door?  I have and that's why I decided to undertake painting the glass window of our front door (photo's are at the end of this blog). Not only does it add some fabulous... Continue Reading →

How to Paint Rhino’s and Evoke Protective Spells

A Harsh Reality The plight of the rhino becoming an endangered species is a fierce and emotive topic. I was disgusted when one night, as my husband and I were enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the Lalibela Game Reserve in East London, we were told that our guide was called out on an emergency rhino... Continue Reading →

The Tree of Life — Can You Relate?

At the beginning of 2014 I blogged about an experience I had in a guided meditation.  I saw a picture that I felt I needed to paint. Well, finally, I have got it out onto canvas.  If you want to read about the deeper message behind this art — please take 2 minutes to read... Continue Reading →

Rock Art Painting no. 6 — Templeton: The Photographic Process and Grand Reveal!

Last week I gave a sneak peek of this painting (you can read it HERE) — I'm now going to take you through the pictorial stages that led up to the finished piece. So, enough chit-chat — let's dive into it! 🙂 Well, there you have it! Afloat in a Torrent Without a Paddle The... Continue Reading →

Valentines Day Digital Art — See How It’s Done in Under 3 Minutes! You Won’t Believe How Easy It Is…

Happy Valentines Day!  In keeping with the theme of love, hearts and beautiful friendships — I wanted to share this video with you. Come take a peak at the start-to-finish process of some of my digital doodles in this short clip — go grab yourself a cup of tea and park yourself in a comfy place: Why not... Continue Reading →

The Bald-Faced Truth About Self-Portraits — Photographs and All!

"What deflates your self-image gets inflated with the brush." I had an idea for a painting — something that combined my love of painting swirly whirly gold backgrounds and the cosmos.  I wanted to show the macrocosm being reflected in the microcosm. I needed to paint a person because I wanted that famous nebulae, 'The... Continue Reading →

‘Dangerous Love’ — Skunk Anansie Rock Art Painting No. 5

You can recap on the whole Rock Art Series HERE — a page dedicated to the process of bringing this musical art collection to life. Bloody Hell! Whoa.  This painting was a difficult one to physically manifest.  Just when I thought that the Pink Floyd Rock Art painting had done my nerves in, this one... Continue Reading →

The 12 Hour Saatchi Art Competition Challenge — Start to Finish

Your Untypical Typical Artist  I'm usually quite organized, not like the stereotypical 'last-minute' kind of artiste. However, on the 16th April 2013, I had a hunch to go and 'check' the due date for a competition I wanted to enter.  I thought it was due on the 30th April but to my surprise, it was... Continue Reading →

‘The Sound of Art’ Video Series Debut — Interviews, Live Music and a Special Guest from Paris (7 mins)

Mission Impossible Or should I say, mission I'm possible (as the daughter of my friend just discovered!).  I see you reading the title and asking yourself, 'all this in under 7 minutes?'. You'd better believe it! After much blood, sweat and tears over the past 2 weeks — the final cut is ready!  And all... Continue Reading →

Painting Pink Floyd — Soldiering Through the Minefield of Emotion

Avoidance and Pain "Sometimes our garbage makes the best fertilizer." I just want to express from the get go that this has been one of the most difficult paintings for me to bring into manifestation.  I started off this journey with hopeful optimism which soon turned into pain, anguish and avoidance.  I literally avoided my... Continue Reading →

‘Dancing in the Void’ — Pink Floyd Rock Art Painting No.4 Photographs

I feel like so much time has lapsed since the last painting was revealed (Jeff Buckley — 'Raw'). The reason being is that this one has had me flying down the rabbit hole with no parachute.  What a frightfully corrosive yet beautifully healing journey this one turned out to be! "If you drink much from... Continue Reading →

How I Got ‘Raw’ With Jeff Buckley

Explaining the Painting 'Raw' in the Rock Art Series Please recap on the last blog here, "Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’ As I go further and further down this rabbit hole that I labelled the 'Rock Art Series', I am beginning to uncover a quantum field of bizarre and amazing coincidences... Continue Reading →

Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’

To recap on Painting 1 — Radiohead, please CLICK HERE To recap on Painting no. 2 — The Beatles, please CLICK HERE To recap right from the conception of the Rock Art Series, please CLICK HERE Hoorah!  I'm back in the saddle with my Rock Art Series.  It's been a while since I've been back... Continue Reading →

Painting a Zebra From Scratch

Come Be a Fly on my Studio Wall Here's a pictorial blog following me creating one of my 'close up' zebra paintings. This has been done with acrylics. 1)  It starts off with a permanent black marker pen on canvas: 2)  Then I add the lighter colour first in between the stripes: 3)  Then comes... Continue Reading →

Never-Before-Seen Photographs of How I Paint my Patterned Poppies

Secrets of the Trade In the fabulously expressive and creative world of art, I am probably best known for my gold spiral-patterned backgrounds that are usually laced with flowers in the foreground — which, in more cases than not, happen to be poppies (just because I am so very fond of them). Here is the finished result... Continue Reading →

What The Beatles Look Like From the End of my Paintbrush

If you want to recap on my last article about beginning this Beatles project, please CLICK HERE. If you want to recap on the whole ROCK ART series BEGIN HERE Let's get on with the big reveal... Whimsical, Colourful, Bright and Vibrant The title just encapsulates the outcome of this project.  It is just dripping... Continue Reading →

Rock Art Series — The Beatles

Yes, I know I have kept you waiting for the second piece of this series but wait no longer! For those of you who have not been following the 'Rock Art' journey, you can check out what's been going on (within you and) without you here: 10 Bands, 10 Paintings — Let the Rock Art... Continue Reading →

Song Playlist — Radiohead Albums That Made The Art

What I Listened To... As promised in last weeks blog, I will reveal today the albums I listened to during the creation of 'Escapism'.  If you have been following this Rock Art Series blog then great, if not you can recap by starting here. "As we were walking and talking about this I caught a... Continue Reading →

What Radiohead Looks Like Through The End of My Brush

When I started out with this 'Rock Art' project, I had no idea how it would turn out and tried to have no expectations of what to expect from myself. To recap on this series, please read: 10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin! The Grand Band Reveal is Today! Radiohead — A Teaser Pictorial ‘Rock... Continue Reading →

Radiohead — A Teaser Pictorial ‘Rock Art’ Peek

Please read my previous 2 blogs in this series: 10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin! The Grand Band Reveal is Today! Now to continue... A Work in Progress Ok, I know, I was supposed to have at least one finished by today — it just didn't happen. However, I have made a definite start and... Continue Reading →

How To Branch Out — Painting Scenes With Trees

Here is a step-by-step visual guide taken whilst painting one of my latest pieces called 'Mysterious Unknown'. You will see, further on in this blog, that I decided to try my 'upside-down drip technique' on the trees — I was branching out (yup, I had to say that!). Specs It is an acrylic on canvas —... Continue Reading →

Art In The Making — A Step-by-Step Guide on Painting Landscapes

I decided to photograph my latest abstract landscape project as I was about to try something new — 'dripping' technique...you'll see later on in this blog. The Making of The Layered Landscape But enough chitter chat, let's get to the pictures...the first one was taken 'the night before' the painting was actually going to commence.  This... Continue Reading →

New Beginnings…Building up an Art Collection from Scratch

Faith Repaid A couple of weeks ago I had a buyer who practically cleaned out my stock of paintings.  This was great as I was still trying to source funds for a trip to Egypt I had already booked.  My theory behind booking the holiday before I had the funds was: I am using the... Continue Reading →

A Look Behind the Scenes — Painting an Abstract Landscape

Photographing the Stages of Painting an Abstract Landscape I photographed the process of painting one of my big landscapes.  I thought it would make an interesting pictorial blog. I have done a detailed description at the end of this blog outlining the inspiration and details that went into the piece, along with the title and... Continue Reading →

5 Tips on Getting Back In The Groove

Lost your Mojo? This can apply to any creative endeavour.  When you feel like you have done all there is to do or that you just don't know where to turn next, you have lost your groove! "I was selling out and painting what the public wanted." I was feeling really stifled a while ago... Continue Reading →

Digging Even Deeper…Inner Art Expression

Please read the past articles relating to this blog HERE (Going Deeper...Inner Art Expression) and HERE (Got It!  Inner Art Expression Expressed). The Cosmos on a Canvas A couple of weeks ago my hand, brush, paints and right brain hemisphere took my canvas on a journey into a very colourful cosmos.  Here is the outer manifestation of... Continue Reading →

Got It — Inner Art Expressed!

Please recap on last weeks article HERE. I left off with saying that I still felt something was wrong.  An inner imbalance, something was crying out! What Could Possibly Be Amiss? I sat on my couch looking at my painting, still feeling that something was out of alignment.  Do I still have to dig even... Continue Reading →

Going Deeper…Inner Art Expression

Please read last weeks art blog HERE to recap on this interesting new artistic expression I have discovered in me. Boring... This week I started off doing my usual weekly art schedule.  Painting pretty pictures (you know, the ones that 'sell') and when I got to the end of the day this one popped out.... Continue Reading →

The Space Within Series — Inner Art

Artistic Frustration I am experimenting with what I like to call 'inner art'.  I have always been intrigued with abstract art and especially art that explores patterns, sacred geometry, space, shapes and colour. "This series is going to be a reflection of how I feel inside, what is desperate to come out." But, professionally, I... Continue Reading →

Art Commissions — The Soulworks Project (Part 4)…The Finished Product!

Please read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to recap. Let's Pick Up with a Hiccup! So I left off last weeks blog with a slight hiccup... My client came to see the painting and she liked it but I could sense something was bothering her. "I had misinterpreted her want for silver, black, a hint of... Continue Reading →

Art Commissions — The Soulworks Project (Part 3)…Painting the Picture

Please read Part 1 and Part 2 if you wish to recap. Let The Painting Begin... So with the prelim sketch having been accepted, the real work starts.  You will see, in the photographs below,  just why I never show the client the process. Layering Art is done in stages and layers and, usually, only... Continue Reading →

Art Commissions — The Soulworks Project (Part 2)…the Prelim Sketch

Please read Part 1 HERE The Sketch The next step of the commission process is to provide the client with a rough colour sketch of the proposed artwork along with a detailed description of how you got there. With all the specs my client gave me (please see Part 1), I came up with this... Continue Reading →

Art Commissions — The Soulworks Project (Part 1)…meeting with the client

A step-by-step guide on how a commission is put together A lot of artists would like to know how one goes about starting a commission and there are also a lot of people who would like to have something commissioned but are too scared to ask. What is the procedure and what is involved in... Continue Reading →

Painting Dolphins

As promised, in my previous blog about whales (read here), this art blog is going to be about painting dolphins.  As I explained in the 'Why you have to love whales' blog - I live in Cape Town and am privileged to see these beautiful mammals expressing their joyous souls on a regular basis. I... Continue Reading →

Why You’ve Got to Love Whales (and Paint Them!)

Today's blog is going to be about the mammals of the world beneath the waves and what inspired me to paint this picture (left). I live in Cape Town, in the False Bay area.  We are privileged to get the annual migration of whales to our seas every year round about July/August.  It is such... Continue Reading →

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