Friday, 26 February 2016

RA videos

I am in research mode at the moment for my next block of work. It is hard for me to draw when there aren't many flowers about. So in the mean time I work on commissions, research art, visit art and draw the spring flowers which are bravely appearing. 

RA website

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

this fortnight

- started with watching the writers garden video, then I was hooked and watched all the garden videos. Beautifully filmed.

- this was a campaign that came out pre Valentines, for us to love the world. This video completely touched me. I will get behind anything that is there to preserve I wonderful planet. Show the Love. 

- still on my quest for minimalism this year, bought a book by Erin Boyle. Who seems like the master of minimalism, with out loosing the heart of things. Other articles/books seem so brutal! The thing I like about Erin is she says by having less stuff, you worry less as jobs become easier. You don't have to go looking for things, organised living you free your mind to think about other things. 

- I hope to watch this film Sweet bean when it comes out.

- Paid a visit to Choosing and Keeping to stock up on supplies, lots of new coloured inks. 

- had the best eclair from the stall 'end of the eclair' which sells at Broadway Market on a Saturday. Nothing I like more than an eclair.

Clementina Ceramics

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


I have got so much happening in the pipe line, and press coming out, it all feels very surreal. My work is selling well on etsy, I got featured on le mode, an interview on shopkeepers and the show at Botany is going very well, paintings this week have been taken for a special photo shoot.
It seems like an overnight success? Me and my family know its down to years of commitment.
I have always been a bit unsure of commitment as I have feelings of being trapped when I commit to something. Not very good at putting down roots, I resented my gym membership because it meant I would have to stay in Bath to use it. Even though I have lived in Bath my whole life, it is the idea of not having my freedom thats my panic. Freedom to leave something I don't like. Imagine being trapped in something that made you miserable; job, relationship, place etc. I am always pointing in the direction of happiness, what will make me happy? Only getting spun off course with interference.

January being my month of selfishness has been so good. Not taking on the need to make sure others are happy in their lives I keep skipping down my track. I noticed I was less miserable. Before this month I had been deserted by a friend again when their life turned around and mine didn't, so basically I wasn't happy enough for them to hang around with I was bringing them down, even though I had helped get them to this happy state. I had a eureka moment, course I wasn't happy anymore the joy had been taken from me, handing it out to everyone else, so when they come back to chat and take more happy energy, I had none left for me. I knew I wasn't a miserable person, just a depleted one.

What I am trying to say about commitment and energy I found my answer through whats just happened with my art. I finally put down roots, with my studio. It is the first physically non moving thing that I have committed to. I was ready for it this time, thats why it has worked.
What is the universe handing to you? because it is probably what you are ready for.

Auguste Rodin, Icarus.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

for you

Have you ever been in Love? 
Not the love that you rather be with that person, then be alone. Or Love that you have been together so long with that person, so that must be love right?
Love is Love. Something felt from the soul. 
Do you want to be with someone, or do you want to be in Love. It is two very different things. 
It is all down to knowing which camp you are in, I know which one I belong in. 
The way I recognise love in myself, is when I can't stop smiling. 

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.
William Shakespeare. 

Ben and Winifred Nicholson

this week

- I have become quite obsessed with Muji lately. Investing in pieces for my studio. I look at their website all the time for design solutions to make my studio more organised. Started as a healthy search for storage items, now I want to kit my whole life out with it. 

- attended the Anita Goa Moon phase yoga workshop yesterday at yoga bodhi. For those two hours I was gripped with the knowledge she had. Learning how to set intentions, how to balance your energy. 

- went to see the Garden exhibition at the RA. I was totally overwhelmed, by the work and by the amount of work. It was so much to take in! different movements, years, artists , styles. I loved it for the fact it was so diverse. To me this is a very important exhibition as I am a floral artist, and it is wonderful to see a place like the RA noticing how impactful gardens can be to art. 

- The golden lady film, I can't recommend enough. A film about justice and not giving up. 

marie antoinette

Monday, 1 February 2016

agnes martin

"from music people accept pure emotion, but from art they demand explantation". Agnes Martin. 

Getting to know Agnes Martin more, there is a brilliant video shot by the Tate. The more I learn, the more it resonates with me. How spirituality is a part of art, and how art is pure emotion. This is how I approach my work. I work at a yoga studio in the evenings, I wanted to widen my knowledge on yoga and meditation. It is also a nicer industry to work in compared to catering. It means I am not bringing my troubles from my bread and butter job into my creative work. 
I am trying to learn how to silence the noise. And by noise other peoples comments and my thoughts that bombard the brain. When I get into this sedative state I find my paintings are clear and pure. When I drew 500 paintings, I got into a rhythm a fluid motion of painting and observing, and in that repetitive action you find a bliss. If you have ever been to a yoga or meditation class they talk about this, how yoga can clear away your troubles as you are focusing on the breath and the movement. 

Another link to more information about Agnes Martin. 

Agnes Martin