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Control the unicorn inside your head

Finding your flow as an artist is an ever evolving journey. It’s like chasing sunbeams dancing off walls. You can touch them, watch the light reflect off your skin, magical and illuminating. It’s inspiring, distracting, frustrating and like drowning in oxygen all at the same time. There’s a whole wealth of things to create, and your heart wants to express them in so many ways. The trick to being a successful artist and developing your ‘style’ is learning to control the distracted child, entranced by shiny things, trying to play with them all. It’s something I’m still learning, evolving and trying to control. After several years of battling I’m starting to feel like I have a bit more of a grip on the reigns, to lead this frigging art unicorn inside my mind to the place it needs to go. I’m working on a new collection, inspired by and building on a recent 30 day painting challenge I completed. 🦄🎨❤️ You can watch this here: 30 Day Painting Challenge – YouTube Advertisements

Escape from reality

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller. That’s kind of what painting is about. Pouring your heart and soul into a canvas, bare and exposed for everyone to see. My paintings are not about realism, detail or perfection. They are about colour, emotions and expression. Every brush stroke is a cathartic healing process, an escape from reality and into peace ☮️

Messy mind, happy heart?

My studio is messy, I’m not going to lie. I’m not organised, nothing has a dedicated place, and I mainly paint on the floor using cardboard boxes to rest my canvases on. Classy right? Everything in there is pretty much covered in paint splats..and if it isn’t, it will be. But despite the chaos, it’s the one place I feel surprisingly calm. The exciting news is that I have a new studio space being prepared ASAP. Maybe I’ll keep it tidy…watch this space.

Picture yourself at 80 years old

It’s a peaceful Saturday night, and I’m sat with a mural I painted for our bedroom. I’m leading up to the start of something new – I’ve finally made the decision to reduce my hours at a full time day job in order to spend more time chasing my art. If you’d told me this 3 years ago I’d have probably fallen over. Art is a journey I’ve always wanted to follow. From being 4 years old staring at a painting on a classroom wall to being 18 years old crying in the shower because I decided to follow my head and not my heart..and cancelled my application to art college to study psychology. It’s a path that’s full of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Fear of failure, judgement and the unknown. But it’s also full of meaning and colour, and makes far more sense to me than anything else I know how to do. Sure I’ll have less money, will need to work harder than ever without any guarantees of success. But I sure as …