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I have a strange kind of love/hate affair with branded sketchbooks. I really enjoy creating my own journals and sketchbooks but I usually have one branded sketchbook on the go at once and it is, more often than not, a Moleskine because I love the paper and feel of the books. Of late my mini (pocket sized) Moleskine sketchbook has been a watercolour playground where I can really let loose with colour and ink to see what comes of it as well as keeping me creating outside of my ‘studio time’. This book has really helped to reignite my passion for watercolours and different techniques and effects that can be created with them to translate in the future into new full paintings.

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Not so long ago I had the time and opportunity to get out and take some photographs, it’s been a while but I love the activity and grounding nature, not to mention the amazing amount of inspiration I gather from the natural world…

I find the colours and shapes of the cycles in nature so interesting and beautiful, so much so that the muted colours of this time of year have been playing into some of my journal practice at the end of the day in simple ways, such as with this colour swatch below:

Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook 3

There is just something about such simplicity that I really enjoy and hope to incorporate more of into my studio practice.

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I am so close to finishing this personal journal that I started way back in 2013. It has been a mixture of journaling through my moods, both good and bad, to a place to experiment away from the pressure of ‘getting it right’. I try not to judge anything that surfaces in this particular journal, whether it be thoughts or images, many of which are ugly to my view but very important to my practice.

Lately, while I have still been journaling more traditionally in it, I have noticed abstracts really coming through again and helping to steer me back towards my passion and interest as an artist. It may not look like much but these pages are super important to the development of both my practice as an artist and my personal development and growth.

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“When you paint with just one colour, white and black you appreciate the value of that colour.”

This painting is an exploration of the colour pink using rose acrylic paint with white and black to explore the range of tones possible from just one colour. The colours were mixed on the canvas during the painting process rather than on a palette in this abstract design inspired by a holed hagstone and created with a range of techniques using brushes and hands to move the paint around.

Value In Pink is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 20 x 16 x 0.7 inches with white edges. It features a hagstone design with the marks, lines, shapes and textures being allowed to form organically on the canvas during the painting process. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

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“What does the spirit of Yule look like?”

Painted over Winter in the run up to Yule this piece embodies what the festival of the Winter Solstice feels like to me; peppermint strips, gold tendrils of curved light and the luscious red holly berries.

Yule Spirit is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 8 x 8 x 0.7 inches with white edges, full of pattern and colour associated with the festival of Yule. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

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“Summer and the spirit of Lugh lives in the wheat fields.”

The light of the sun spreads it’s energy through our crops, bringing the wheat to full growth for the full harvest. Associated with Lughnasadh, the festival of Lugh, first harvest of the year this painting represents the bounty of the earth that is cut down every year for our sustenance, it is both the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.

Wheat Field is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 8 x 8 x 0.7 inches with white edges, full of texture and sunset colours. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

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“Recovery can be slow and painful but it’s necessary.”

I painted this following a period of depression as a tool for healing, recovery and growth. It is an emotive piece; a visual representation of the healing process that I, and many others go through, on their path to wellness and mental health.

Recovery is an original acrylic painting on a deep edged canvas measuring 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches with unpainted white edges. The darkness of pain disperses and feathers leaving patches of emotion that gradually lessen and heal. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic on canvas painting is available to buy on my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

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