Dorset beauty

On a break in Dorset, I am enjoying digging my camera out again. It’s been a while since I did some mindful photography and I am pleased with the results from yesterday. A glorious day on the cliffs, I just tuned into what attracted my attention the most – turns out it was old, ruggedContinue reading “Dorset beauty”

Time for a cull

A great many artists will tell you that it is essential to have a cull of your work regularly, in order to keep things fresh, but it is a very difficult thing to do.    Earlier this year  I met artist Mark Anstee who strongly feels that his work is temporary, and consequently, he cullsContinue reading “Time for a cull”

Raspberry Pi powered interactive digital art? Absolutely!

One of my favourite pieces at the show is Being Present – an interactive digital piece that aims to show people the benefits of mindfulness – of being present, even if only for 2 minutes.I have loved watching everyone try it out – not everyone sees it to the end but those that do (andContinue reading “Raspberry Pi powered interactive digital art? Absolutely!”

Can mindfulness be communicated through art?

As I come close to the end of my MA Fine Art course, I am preparing to exhibit the pieces I have made in response to the proposal I wrote at the end of 2015.Over the course of 2016 I have read widely about mindfulness and mental illness and it began to influence the workContinue reading “Can mindfulness be communicated through art?”

Release the voice that refuses to acknowledge the real me…

Self-Observation Without Judgement   Release the harsh and pointed innervoice. It’s just a throwback to the past,and holds no truth about this moment.Let go of self-judgment, the old,learned ways of beating yourself upfor each imagined inadequacy.Allow the dialogue within the mindto grow friendlier, and quiet. Shiftout of inner criticism and lifesuddenly looks very different.I canContinue reading “Release the voice that refuses to acknowledge the real me…”

You will love again the stranger that was yourself….

Love after Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was yourself. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself,Continue reading “You will love again the stranger that was yourself….”

Synaesthesia and art – what colour or shape is that feeling?

I have mentioned before that I am synaesthetic.    I don’t see numbers or words as colours or see music as colours (although that sounds amazing) – mainly I have a very specific way that I see numbers in time.   I had no idea about synaesthesia until I was in my mid-40’s when I wasContinue reading “Synaesthesia and art – what colour or shape is that feeling?”

Mindfulness – is it harmful? How can it aid creativity?

There seems to be a backlash against mindfulness at the moment, with several articles saying it is harmful and some downright scaremongering about what it is.   A religion?  A cult?  Something dangerous that is going to mess with your head?Personally, mindfulness is a big part of my life and a big reason why I haveContinue reading “Mindfulness – is it harmful? How can it aid creativity?”