Art for my sake

There are two things I can’t do when I’m unhappy: make art and drink (alcohol). I have found that I can only paint when I am in my ‘happy place’ – without pressure of work or housework or the expectations of others. And I only drink when I’m happy. The thought of crawling into a bottle when the world is too much for me … is, strangely, too much for me. So my art-making is sporadic, but when I get in the mood I can be there for days or weeks!

I mostly work in watercolour, acrylic and papier mache.

With my watercolours, I often paint first then add ink after. I find that if I use the pen first, then I’m tempted to ‘paint between the lines’.

Many of my paintings are done using acrylic paints applied to canvas using old credit and sim cards. The use of these items allows me to ‘loosen up’. As you can imagine, we editors (and ex-accountants) can get a little uptight and fussy at times. Painting without being able to control the medium too well is good discipline for me – good discipline in relaxing!

And then I discovered papier mache … or rather, after many, many years, I finally found the time to really start working with paper. And I love it! It’s so therapeutic.  It started with bowls, but now, in late 2019, I’m playing around with animals and critters. Not much to show you on the animals and critters front yet, but hopefully in 2020 there will be.

Check out some of my available works on my shop here:  Be sure to check back often as I add things in random batches.

Or buy prints of many of my acrylics, watercolours and digital art on a variety of merchandise such as greeting cards, posters, iPad, tablet and phone covers, furnishings, fashions, journals and more, from my RedBubble portfolio here: