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…

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…

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…

Wandering Universe

The hue and the wing beat Bound by the laws of Physics. The eye and the nebula Too wonderful to be accidental? The paradigm shifts upon takeoff The paradigm shifts upon implosion. What a journey it must be when your feet Barely touch the ground To kiss the wind of the sea and the sound…

Cosmic Thoughts – Starlight

“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.” Neil deGrasse Tyson There’s something infinitely powerful about horses. If you’ve ever stood so close to one as to feel it’s snorting breath, its rippling muscles and those…

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,…

Painting Rarities

Unless you’ve lived in a hole for the last 48 hours, you’ll know that the United States hosted a magnificent and rare spectacle yesterday; the first total eclipse in the region in 99 years. As the earth went eerily still, eerily cold and so rapidly dark, the moon made its debut – obscuring the sun…