Sunday, 30 June 2013

Bardic Moments: An Age of Slumber

An Age of Slumber

The landscape like a sleeping woman lies.
Tresses of birch, oak and ash, sprawl and tumble
to her shoulder of rock,
curved hill of hip meets the horizon.
One slender ridge outstretched,
to cushion her weathered head.
To trek across path strewn feet,
ramble up grass swathed thigh
and clamber over hedge rowed breast.
To gently roust from infinite imaginings
and stare into fathomless eyes.
Elvina Dulac
September 2010

Monday, 24 June 2013

Blog Revamp!

Hey folks. Welcome to my new look blog! I’m really thrilled with it and loved revamping it now I’ve gotten to grips with blogger, so expect a few more tweaks over the next few weeks until I get it spot on.

I thought I’d start this new phase with sharing some thoughts on living in the city. Now, I live on the edge of a major UK city and don’t get me wrong I do love it. Most of the time. I love being able to hop on a bus and be in the hustle and bustle of city life within 25 mins full of shops, cafes, theatres and galleries. Yet, other times I feel totally stifled. I think it’s partly to do with also living in a very small house with a husband and two children. Since finishing my studies for this academic year I’ve felt an increased need to just disappear, to go on a retreat for a week and recuperate or at least have a room/place where I wont be disturbed. The closest I come to is my garage which acts as a make shift art studio. I disappeared in there yesterday for two hours and it was bliss!

As a family we also walk up to the local woods and fields because sometimes you’ve just got to breathe. Sometimes, you have to leave all the day-to-day crap behind and draw in some calm. Living so cramped together as well all do, even in you’re in a huge detached property, is not natural. Up until the last hundred and fifty years or so people lived much, more spaciously and life was also a lot slower paced. The modern world can be a tough place to exist but not if we take time to just seek out the calm and breathe…

These times of calm and reflection also provide inspiration for my art. How do you breathe?

Happy arting everyone

Thursday, 13 June 2013


Hey folks

It’s been a little while since my last post as I’ve been up to my eyes in my revision for my art history exam. I’m delighted to say I took my exam on Monday and it went well (I think!) so now I’M FREE FOR THE SUMMER! WHOOP, WHOOP! I’m slowly getting used to the idea of having freedom again, proper freedom, not just an hour or two here and there.
So, here’s a couple more watercolour pieces I’ve been working on:

"Feel the Flow"
"What Transpires..."

I love the style which is emerging and I would like to translate this to acrylic on canvas. I also want to make more journals and have plans to make one for a friend, she’s a mum of three little children all under 7 and does an amazing job. My friend rarely complains and her children are incredible and such a credit to her. I love making journals for friends in the knowledge they will love what I’ve done and that I can bring a little magic into their life. I love art, books, stories and poetry and art journals allow me to bring together all of these things so beautifully.

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, in October I shall be studying children’s literature with the Open University. I’m so excited as I would love to write and illustrate a children’s book one day. So, watch this space, some ideas might start finding their way onto here as I start reading the set books and delving into the wonderful world of children’s literature.
Happy arting everyone!