Zebra Fever — Jazzing Up Your Walls With Stripes!

Seeing Stripes! We all have those irritating empty spaces on our walls that just needs a little something to  spice it up and add flavor to the room. Art is a great way to bring a home back to life, to add sparkle to the work place or inject pizzazz into a reception area.  First... Continue Reading →

Healing Through Art — The Gates to Wonderland Just Got Flung Wide Open

Lust For Life I started off my career in art exploring what I like to call ‘decorative’ painting.  You know the sort;  flowers, trees, butterflies, sunsets, whatever tickled my fancies.  There is nothing wrong with this kind of expression and it paves the way for mastering specific techniques and mediums but I always felt a... Continue Reading →

2 Simple Quotes You Can’t Afford To Miss Out On

Be Who You Were Born To Be I've compiled 2 quotations for you today (which can be downloaded as printable mini-posters for around your office, home or studio and double as desktop wallpaper too). I want them to serve as reminders of your sheer potential when you can remember to stay grounded and true to... Continue Reading →

Your Passionate Quote of the Day

To download as a desktop wallpaper just click on the picture, right-click and 'save as'. Your Love For... What's your passion in life, that one (or two or three...) thing (s) you just can't do without?   You may also enjoy reading: The Magic Ingredient of Life  

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 →

Incredible Inspiring Art by Stephen Wiltshire

I just had to share this with my readers when I saw it circulating on Facebook.  What an inspiration this man is! The below extract is taken from Stephens site, you can visit that here to see more from this incredible artist. Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a            ... Continue Reading →

An Artful Splash of Colour For Your Facebook Timeline

My niece came up with a great idea the other day, she asked me if I had any of my art on Facebook headers/timeline covers (or whatever else  you want to call them — you know, that strip of space behind your profile pic?). So I came up with these 4, for now, which you... Continue Reading →

Blissful Wallpaper Quotations (All for Free!)

I went away with a friend a couple of months ago to a spiritual retreat called Temenos in McGregor, Western Cape.  It was a truly blissful 4 day excursion of introspection and quiet reflection. The gardens and sacred spaces were not only peaceful, exhilarating and beautiful but also inspiring.  I took along my camera in the... Continue Reading →

Don’t You Get It?

Okay, these weeks are really rolling away fast.  I can't keep track of time or the date anymore, it feels like we're in a no-time bubble.  But, all blurbs aside, we have happened on that magical day of the week — yes, it's Friday...again!  And that means that I need to cough up something useful... Continue Reading →

Friday’s Free Giveaway Blog Starts Today! What’s Up For Grabs?

Thank God It's Friday! I've decided to have a bonus blog on Fridays called my TGIF Free Giveaways!  How exciting... I'm going to be giving away free poster downloads, wallpapers, e-cards and anything else I can muster up.  So click the 'follow this blog' button in the right-hand sidebar to never miss out again.  You... Continue Reading →

Does The Sun Shine Out Of Your Bottom?

An age-old question that has plagued mankind since the dawn of the ego... Ego Or True-Nature? The truth is that the sun does indeed beam out of your backside, but not in the form of any ego-based identity.  No, it's all about your creative flare — what are you doing to beautify your world and... 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 →

3 Motivational Tips on Getting Back into the Artistic Arena

I am back from my trip to Egypt and what an adventure it was!  More about that on my Thursday blog though. Inspiration and Chaos It was a whirlwind of events, inspiration, emotion and culture shock but inevitably, on the plane home, I started processing my experiences and began to drift into the abyss of... Continue Reading →

What Nature Can Teach Us About Art

Getting Bored With Painting/Drawing Your Average Flower? A few years ago I decided to mix and match the medium of chalk pastel with acrylic liner on Coloured Canson Paper.  The result I got was rather pleasing and led me to do a whole collection of floral themed artworks with a distinct difference. So What's The... Continue Reading →

Finding Yourself and Your Purpose

Here are some quotes and pictures from my book 'Creative Expression — How to find your inspiration...' (download the entire book FREE here) to help kick-start your week and ignite your passion and zest for life: Pushing the envelope of creative expansion breaks down any illusion of limitation.  Once you step out of the box, infinity... 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 →

Painting the Windows of the Soul — Eyes

Look into my Eyes There is nothing more captivating than looking into the eyes of a living creature.  So much can be said without words when you look into someone or somethings eyes. They are said to be the windows of the soul and for good reason — eyes are so expressive.  And it is... 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 →

The Zen of Art

What better way to gift yourself than to spend some quality time creatively expressing your inner feelings?  "The Dreamers Night Sky" by Cherie Roe Dirksen I have only recently allowed myself to truly 'let go' and I found my form of expression which is more abstract than traditional (see above).  It has been a liberating... 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 →

My Top Art Picks for 2012

I've had rather a busy beginning to 2012.  What with my book finally being released whilst  keeping up on the art front to hold the fort in place. For today's art blog I thought I'd show you my favourite 6 painting picks from January's busy and tousled easel. I hope you enjoy them. Red Poppies... 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 →

Heaven on Mother Earth…

The Dream of a New Beginning in 2012 A few weeks before the end of last year I sat down at my easel in deep thought.  I wanted to attempt to paint a picture of how I would like to see the New Earth.  What is my ultimate Utopia?  What does it look like?  What... Continue Reading →

Something Red…

In keeping with a festive colour scheme, I will be posting some red-themed art today. I have decided to choose one artwork from each of my main categories of landscape, form, seascape, floral and wildlife (well, if you consider a dragon to be wildlife). I hope you enjoy... You can view my full portfolio here... Continue Reading →

The Universe is Expanding – Are You?

The Universe is ever expanding and gives rise to new opportunities for creating and orchestrating planetary and galactic development. So, if the Universe is pushing ever on outward, why set boundaries for creativity on any level? Never limit yourself because anything can be achieved if doubt is removed. The Universe is not set - why... Continue Reading →

Ignite Your Creative Flame!

 The search for purpose or meaning in our lives is rooted in the deepest feelings that stir within. To find our unique spark, that will ignite the flame. That which burns to give birth to creation. For it is creativity that leads us to fulfilling our dreams and stokes our fires. A world without creativity would be... Continue Reading →

Are you Swimming in a Sea of Possibility?

Your Creative Legacy You may think of yourself as a mere drop in the ocean but also know that you are the ocean.  You are special and are eagerly encouraged to leave your loving, creative mark on the world. In the sea of all possibilities, what form will your mark take?  I can assure you that... Continue Reading →

Some More of My Best Selling Art Prints

If you want to see my top selling art prints then click here. These are some more of my best selling art prints online. I love doing the backgrounds for these paintings.  Many people have asked me if it is a stencil - definitely not!  This is all done by hand and no pattern is ever... Continue Reading →

Christmas Gift Ideas…Part 2

A little bit of silliness never went astray! Over the past couple of months my husband and I (no, I am not the queen) have been trying to plant our own vegetable garden.  This is not as simple as it would usually sound as we live near Cape Point and have baboons for neighbours.  And... Continue Reading →

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