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Let’s talk about inspiration and what it means to the artist and also to the viewer.

For an artist, looking for a subject matter can be anything that touches or appeals to the artist’s visual, senses or emotion. Something that they may want or need to express.

Nature can be very inspiring in all its magnificence but an artist will focus on conveying an aspect of it , for example, the play of light on snow on a mountain side. The softness of silk falling from a wiry metal coat hanger could evoke an emotion of sadness or loss in someone. The beauty could be in its emotional message or the same fabric could be catching the warm sun giving an idea of summer and sensuality. Inspiration is very personal and this is what makes art so wonderfully unique and entertaining especially if you remain true as an artist to your journey of artistic growth and self discovery instead of painting purely for profit. So when looking at a scene we need to decide what it is that we want to say and we need to make sure that we are expressing our intention in such a way that it’s easy for the viewer to understand.

As artists we need to be sure of what we intend before we start. We are then on the right track to creating a powerful painting. We can be clever with brushstrokes and dramatic paint application but we can’t lose sight of our original intention.

The masters of the early 19th Centauri like Joaquin Sorollo (my very very favourite artist of all time) were not only masterful in their paint application and rendering skills they were storytellers and their paintings leave us feeling that we have been blessed with a timeless beauty and a window into their personal world of emotion and experience. Artists like Van Gogh and Gauguin with their unique and beautiful colour choices and application of paint were so evocative and the paint itself took on a quality of expressiveness that was unique,bold and excites the senses.

So we need to take that leap from copying photos with every last detail expressed to using the photos and or plein air painting experience to launch powerful ideas that leave the viewer with a glimpse of who this artist is personally and what they are trying to express and if the viewer is instantly aware of the artists intent there has been a connection that makes everyone’s experience richer. The viewer is then inspired and the inspiration has been paid forward.

If as artists we manage to inspire ,and through our work to create joy, then we are truly blessed and so often we don’t realise that we are doing just this. I lost a very good friend to cancer and never really got to say goodbye and to tell you I was devastated was a dramatic understatement. I found out by chance a few months later that the one thing she took into her hospice room with her was a painting I did of her two beautiful kids and this paintings which was a fair size stayed with her till she passed away.

Our paintings that we send out into the world often take on so much meaning for the people who have purchased them that I am blown away and incredibly humbled by such stories as this.
So with this in mind endeavour to take your inspiration and intention and do something that excites you and inspires leaving us all enriched and blessed to be a part of your journey as fledgling or advanced as it may be.



I recently read a book on it. I can’t remember the author but it’s definitely a theme worth exploring. We experience it in every aspect of our lives  and it can be seen as a big part of procrastination. We resist the things we need to be doing in order to be moving ahead in the direction of our hearts desires and goals.

For me, it’s paperwork, admin and exposing my artwork to serious dealers and competitions. Most of us also suffer from insecurities  in varying degrees and as aspiring artists, we fear not being good enough and through our subconscious programming a lot of us carry a subliminal script in our heads that plays over and over telling us things like You will never be as good as you think,you are faking it,you are so unimaginative,etc, etc. This happens especially when the going gets tough and it takes real commitment to get past these tricky and challenging moments of self doubt and external rejection.

Mostly we are not even aware of our deeply routed core belief systems that are tripping us up and leading to our resistance in growth and action. Even awareness doesn’t make it go away but being armed with a desire to jump the hurdles and move forward regardless is a huge step not only to artistic accomplishment but to growth in all aspects of your life. In the latest Cinderella movie Cinderella’s mum says to her before she goes belly up … Always be KIND and be BRAVE. Best words ever… Because you cannot achieve anything without courage and nothing goes well without kindness after all everything is about relationship

Visual art is out there for all to see. Overcoming the fear of exposing it to those we hold most dear and to the public is something we all need to practice again and again. I still have the fear after 25 years as a professional artist. We have to remind ourselves that it’s the journey of creativity where the most joy happens and if we have something amazing at the end that’s just a bonus. If it’s a complete flop well it’s just upwards from there if you choose to learn from your mistakes.

The moment you detach from your egoic need to please others you are then free to enjoy, explore, have fun and love

Art should be fun but often it becomes a slog to achieve the impossible and the artist is never satisfied. Ideally in a career artist there should be a balance between joy of the creation and the striving  for excellence , A sense of reaching above your capability at all times and falling short to a positive result,always learning and pushing out of your comfort zone. If you find a formula and you keep doing it because it sells , you then need to find an avenue within your practice that pushes your creative buttons and lights a fire of excitement and potential newness in discovery,

Past resistance

Past Fear

And above all past ego

And to quote Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

“To infinity and beyond”

Nature of creativity and giving yourself the gift of art

So many people shyly express a desire to learn to draw or paint but at the same time they are quickly putting out there that they can’t draw a stick figure and that they don’t have a creative bone in their body.

I would definitely beg to differ! 

Firstly, we are all born CREATIVE, with every thought and desire we create. We even create through fear.  We are all vibrational beings in a vibrational universe. According to quantum physics thoughts, words and actions set in motion a vibrational reaction that manifests what we focus most on .

Remember the last time you woke up in a bad mood and the day just got worse and worse or you were on a joy bubble and everything flowed your way, amazing co incidences and serendipitous moments happened.

This is the power we yield unintentionally or intentionally.

We are co-creators in a dynamic participatory universe and we are deemed to be created in the spiritual image of our creator. Our innate nature is one of creativity.

My creative path is visual art and I choose to express my spirituality and connectivity through my portraiture,figurative work and even still lives and landscapes. The way I choose to express my creativity is through the tools and language of a painter, line, colour, brushstrokes, tone and mood.

Others may choose the keys of a piano, songwriting, floral arrangements, etc. It is a gift that keeps giving and it grows you as a person and as someone who can pay forward the joy it brings. Of course there are challenges along the way. 

I have encouraged some very tentative would be artists to give it a go and have seen people emerge from shy pupas into fully fledged and magnificent butterflies in their own journey of discovering their inner authentic artists.

Their worlds have become transformed. Suddenly a cloud is not just a white shape in the sky it is something of beauty as it is yellow and purple greys contrast with the deep blue of the midday sky.

Their visual world becomes about relationship between colour tone and atmosphere it becomes richer and way more exciting as they practice creating beauty on a canvas they are simultaneously enjoying a life thats more rewarding and infinitely more challenging and exciting.

As much as they are amazed by what they can do so are their families and friends.

The gift just keeps giving