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We’re all a little mental sometimes…

We’re all a little mental sometimes…

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of having my teenage niece and nephew stay with me for a week (along with their little 4-year-old sister and mom and dad), and it reminded me of the busy, cheerful house my sisters and I grew up in. There was always activity, people everywhere, and if you needed someone to talk to,…

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Trading Cattle wins 3rd prize in Photo Competition!

Trading Cattle wins 3rd prize in Photo Competition!

Our trip to Vietnam… When, this spring, Brad and I went to Vietnam, I did not expect it would result in winning a 3rd place in any photography competition at all. It was a small group trip with 3 other, pretty ‘serious’ and well-respected, photographers; Brad, Rob Collins and Michel LeFebvre, and then there was me. We spent about 9 days…

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Work in progress – Pelican’s Gaze (day 2)

Work in progress – Pelican’s Gaze (day 2)

Pleased with how my colour study came out, and now that my 32″ x 40″ paper is securely mounted to the easel, it is a new day and time to get cracking on the real deal. Day 2. Overcoming Blank-Canvas Anxiety with Air Guitar. Isn’t it the hardest to make that first mark on that virgin canvas? I always have a bit…

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Work in progress – Pelican’s Gaze (day 1)

Work in progress – Pelican’s Gaze (day 1)

Since we’ve arrived back in the Low Country of South Carolina (Fripp Island, to be precise), I just love being surrounded by the marsh landscape. The marsh, the sea and the countryside here is just teeming with life. Crabs, fish, dolphins and of course birdlife galore. Wading birds like the little sandpipers that run all over the beach, resident Ibis…

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Born or bred to be an artist?

Born or bred to be an artist?

Recently I read a BBC article about how artists’ brains are actually structurally different, compared with non-artists’ brains. Participants’ brain scans (full research report here) revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. But the authors reported that training and environmental upbringing also play crucial roles in their ability. As in many areas…

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Work in progress – The Gion house with pine tree…

Work in progress – The Gion house with pine tree…

As my previous (and first) post mentioned, I’ve started a new pastel. This one is a bit of a departure from my normal work method. You see, normally I draw my pastel paintings first, and work quite precise. This is especially true for my animal paintings (my frogs and birds for example). However, I’ve been watching some Youtube videos lately…

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A very serious note from the artist…

Welcome! As you can see, I’ve finally made the jump and decided to take my art (don’t worry; not myself) more seriously.  This blog is the first step towards it. The other major step I’ve also made: As of today, I am now a full-time pastel artist! Yup, you read that right. To underscore this, I’ve started a new pastel…

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