A little time offline can do strange things to a person.
In the two weeks I’ve been away, I’ve reignited a passion that I had all but lost and all because my mum had found a bag of my sketchbooks while she was clearing out her cellar. It felt truly bizarre to be looking through those books, I remembered them vividly yet, at the same time, I felt so disconnected to who that person was. I had forgotten her.
Generally, people say that what you loved doing as a child should act as a guide to your future career or calling and those books reminded me of what I loved most of all in my youth – words. Page after page of those sketchbooks are filled with my very amateurish attempts at calligraphy (so many fonts, so little time!) and fragments of first paragraphs for the book I dreamt of writing. Now, with 47 years of hindsight, I can hear echoes of my love of letters and words throughout my life but, despite so many reminders, I have just let them go.
So, to begin, I’m feeding that need to add a flourish to everything I write and have signed up for an online calligraphy course. I start today!
Apparently, lilac is the hottest colour around just now in the world of interior design and I can speak from experience when I say it is actually a beautiful hue to live with.
My 7-year-old self chose almost exactly the colour of this flower (perhaps a little lighter if memory serves) for my bedroom walls and I loved it. Now, perhaps my grown-up self wouldn’t make the same choice but I think for a child’s room or perhaps an accent wall, this colour would be very pleasing to the eye.
Nothing like a soft and dreamy hug from a Ranunculus to put you in a good mood on a Sunday.
Hope you have a great day!
Gentle blues and creams and the new pinks of Spring bring to mind Oriental art. Everything’s falling softly or sitting prettily and the light is wonderful to work with – not too summery bright and not too wintery dark – just lovely.
Got a feeling in my bones that April is going to be a productive month!
Reaching back into my ‘Textures’ folder feels warm and fuzzy, it’s so familiar to me now after a few years of painting them on and off, adding bits of colour, splashes and scratches here, there and everywhere. I know photography purists are repulsed by the idea of adding textures or actions to an image but I don’t think it really matters when you love the process of creating something that in the end – purist or not – is art and brings people pleasure.
I’ve just added Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ to my photoshoot playlist. There, I’ve said it.
It sticks out like a sore thumb amongst old school tracks like The Cocteau Twins’ ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ and a great mix of jazz and soul classics but it really does make me happy. It’s just so poppy and boppy.
Gosh, it’s already March. Happy to see a change in the light and to feel the promise of warmer days.
Have a great month!