Tuesday, June 28, 2011


The French site, desMerveilles.com, is running a contest where you can win a personalised poster.  It's definitely worth checking out!  If your entry is chosen, you can choose from posters personalised for your daughter or son, for your family or your couple.  Or, if you have another idea, why not suggest it!

The sample here is of one done for a family - perfect decoration for a family room or playroom.  Any theme is possible, you choose the text.  This particular example is for a couple and details their meeting, courtship and wedding.  A sweet idea for new babies, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings... the list goes on!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Another (less talked about) reason....

...for not leaving your 4 year old alone in the bath:  He or she will surely sneak out, dress in bathing gear (complete with goggles) and pretend bath is a warm, bubbly pool!

His only regret, apparently, was that he couldn't fill the entire bathroom with water, though he made a very good stab at it!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Out of Hiding

Once again, it's been a while since I've posted and my apologies for that. My "catharsis" continues and I'm happily discovering so much about, well, so much! But part of my journey has been a strong desire to reclaim my private life. Although I love blogging and so appreciate those who read what I write, I began to feel too much pressure to share too much and the end result was a feeling that my life was no longer my own, at least not as much as I wanted it to be. And so a step back was necessary in order to reclaim a bit of privacy and get myself started on a somewhat new path.

I believe now that I'm well on my way, and along that path, I have also discovered a new desire to paint again. And to paint BIG! It's something that's been in the back of my mind for a long time now, but the moment just wasn't right until now. But now that it does seem to be right, I'm having a ball! With large canvases strewn about my studio and tubes of paint just about everywhere, I'm not sure my other half is enjoying the mess quite as much, but to me, all the chaos is a good sign of creative juices flowing.

And so I have a few projects in the works while I work on new techniques and ideas. My first is to (hopefully) be a series of paintings on Cornwall. It's difficult to visit Cornwall and not want to paint it and I too have succumbed to its charms. Actually I did so quite some time ago, but again, it took that catharsis to push me over the hump from thinking to painting. This first painting may be finished, I'm not quite sure yet. I'm letting it sit while I contemplate. It's 60x50cm (so about 24x20 inches) so a nice impactful size. I may keep it for myself, though I do have another in the works that's even bigger (80x80cm or 32x32 inches). I suppose time will tell. In the meantime, I have plenty of fuel to keep my paintbrushes busy for quite some time. Perhaps a new shop to celebrate? Something to think about....