Christmas provides us with the perfect opportunity to make lovely memories with our families but the manic festive preparations can also rob us of these opportunities. It’s really important to spend quality time with friends and family but this is sometimes easier said than done, with all the shopping, cooking, partying and decorating to be done.
There’s a lovely Facebook post doing the rounds this month that talks about the memorable moments that children recount when they return to school after Christmas. They are rarely what they ‘got’ but are more about the time they spent with their parents and grandparents, playing games and the silly things that happened.
So how do we find that time within this hectic festive season to enjoy each other and create those cherished memories?
Every year, the Christmas build-up seems to start earlier and get bigger and more stressful, with a ludicrous amount of over-indulgence in food, drink and present giving. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving and receiving gifts at Christmas, but if we think a little more carefully about who we’re buying for and what we’re getting them, it would make the festive season so much more enjoyable and meaningful.
Three great ways to make Christmas really special are to share a lovely experience together; give a gift to help the person enjoy their hobby; and create something totally unique and memorable to present to your loved ones.
Autumn is widely thought to be the most beautiful time of year – all that gold, red, orange and yellow on display. This season has been the favourite subject of many artists over the centuries but is a bittersweet celebration as it’s a process of change and decay when the natural world puts on its final show before winter takes hold.
Autumn colours are right up there with misty mornings, log fires, conkers and dew-laden webs as the highlights of the season and I absolutely love to reflect these glorious colours in my Powertex artwork.
This hot, hot summer is creating challenges for many people in the garden, on farms, at work and at home but it’s also creating some fabulous inspiration for art. As I travel around, I’ve been amazed by the array of vibrant colours and different textures that this incredible heatwave has brought us. Whether travelling abroad or taking a ‘staycation’ in the UK this summer, lift your eyes to the sky and the environment around you for some new inspiration.
As we head full pelt towards the school holidays, many (mostly) Mums will be dreading the loss of time and the change of routine that having kids around all day will enforce upon them.
Whether art is your hobby or your profession, it can be really hard to find the time to invest in it – you feel guilty for leaving the children to screen time or relying on friends and family for an afternoon of childcare.
But you really mustn't feel guilty - it’s so important for your mental wellbeing to keep up your commitment to your artwork. Life might be hectic but giving yourself some creative space will help you feel more fulfilled and enjoy the time you have with your children.
Here are my tips for finding time for your art, around family and work:
Sculpture has a wonderful effect on a garden - adding interest and intrigue - not only giving the viewer something lovely to look at but leading the eyes and feet around the garden. Sculpture means different things to different people - it might be a special piece of art, a fountain of even a bench. Anything that provides a focal point while enhancing the planting of the garden, adding drama and interest to the space.
In our busy lives, it’s easy to take simple but important things for granted and to lose our connection with the natural world around us. Providing us with the air we breathe, materials for our homes, our environment also gives us amazing inspiration for art. From the array of colours in a sunset to the complex structure of a pine cone, many artists use this inspiration in different forms of artwork such as canvas, wall art or sculpture.
As we emerge from the gloomy winter months, our thoughts turn to spring cleaning those forgotten corners of our house. Although it might not be time to pack away the gloves and scarves quite yet, this is the perfect time to get our clothes and houses all sorted and ready for sunnier times!
To celebrate the month of Love, I ran a Valentine's themed workshop to decorate a beautiful heart-shaped box. I though I'd share the process so you too can create a unique box, in any shape you fancy, as a unique gift for someone special or just for yourself! With Powertex & the huge range of embellishments, inks, rice papers & finishes, the sky's the limit on this wonderful project! Happy Making!
Whether you believe in New Year's resolutions or not, the month of January feels like a new beginning for all sorts of things. How do you make the most of that momentum and make positive changes to give your art a jump start?!
Getting back into a routine and finding time for your own interests can be difficult after the festive season but it's also the perfect opportunity to take any revived inspiration and enthusiasm and try something new. These are my top tips for making the most of your New Year fresh start:
Whether you feel you have any artistic talent or not, we were all born with the need to express ourselves in whatever form that may take. I believe that creative expression benefits our brains and our mental health, making us happier, healthier people. Read these 5 ways art makes a difference:
I love my Artistic Retreats studio but I know that it’s not always easy for people to spare the time and travel there, my workshops might clash with an existing commitment, so I also love taking my materials and ideas out on the road, visiting people in their own home – I call it Art@Home.