MISPLACED, NOT LOST

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!

Calligraphy for blog

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PURPLENESS

Purple for blog

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.

Purple for Blog 2

DAISY LOVE

Heart Daisy Blog

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.