New Mini Paintings!

It’s getting colder out there, and sometimes thanks to lack of indoor heating it can get quite chilly at the easel. The sun goes down much earlier, and when you don’t want to get paint on your dressing gown, mini paintings are the perfect solution! I thought I’d share with you a few of the…

Inspiring Space Painters

I probably spend a bit too much time thinking about the stars, wishing I could see more of them from light-polluted skies, and wishing I could understand the complicated physics a little better. Space has been inspiring everyone for centuries, whether it’s small children learning of the planets and the Sun to budding astronomers collecting…

Cosmic Thoughts – Blooms

If you’ve been following this blog you’ll have seen the slow but steady progress being made on my latest Cosmic painting. and in between poor weather, a busy work schedule and of course the in-between-layers-drying time, I can finally call this one finished. “Cosmic Blooms” is of course inspired by the fragile beauty of the Japanese…

A Million Sunrises

It’s not always easy to find time to create. Whether it’s finding time in your head, or time on paper, it’s that often-elusive, never-enough-of-it outlook that holds us back from creating, more than the limited time itself. Taking time out to get creative is important, and it doesn’t necessarily mean painting either. Perhaps it’s planning…

Space Unites The World: Celebrate World Space Week

For people like me obsessed with the stars, it’s an important week. October 4th to 10th is World Space Week. What’s it all about? “The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment…

The Art of Space and Flowers

For once, there are several still-wrapped canvases, and even an unfinished painting in my studio, but I got a little distracted by an idea for a new work. Japanese influence has been floating in and out of things right now: thanks in no small part to my husband’s obsession with all things Japanese literature. We…

Cosmic Thoughts – Lago Grey

There are just a few places in the world adequately free from light pollution as to be able to enjoy the full beauty of the stars. Not one or two specs, not the brightest constellations, but to be able to see the vastness of our arm of the Milky Way, wrapping around the black blanket…

Penguin Awareness Day

We call ourselves animal lovers, but, we have to admit, there are far fewer of us that love cockroaches than furry, four legged bundles and beats. And seeing as today is #PenguinAwarenessDay, I thought I’d talk a bit about one of my personal favourite species, and why they do (and do not) appear in my…

Cosmic Thoughts – Existence

“No man is an island,” wrote the poet John Donne. I would add: no island is an island. Nature does not exist in isolation. It’s birth, evolution and daily chimings are dependent on the greater nature beyond our planet’s fragile borders. My mind wonders to the numinous thought espoused by the science of quantum biology…

Cosmic Thoughts – Light

The lights we see from stars and planets emit a beautiful array of colours. But light isn’t just about illumination. Light is the very DNA of a celestial body’s chemical make-up. By using spectroscopy, astronomers can deduce what elements are present on a planet or star. Each and every element in the universe, when burned,…