Thursday, January 13, 2011


2010 was a difficult year for me, nothing tragic or awful just difficult,
but it ended unsurprisingly with me being ill, bad cold/flu followed by labyrinthitis. I was stuck at home not allowed to drive and couldn't do
much without feeling sick and spaced out.
Anyway there I was, checking out the folksy forum, and saw a chat by
Brenda ( teabreaks) about ACEOs.and as I had nothing else to do I
decided to have a go. I have blogged about my venture into them before
so I wont repeat myself. But something strange happened.
I rediscovered painting. I know that sounds all arty farty but I really
When I was young I was quite ill, I missed a lot of school and spent
a lot of time on my own. So I used to draw and paint to pass the time
and Iloved it, it was my saving grace. I wanted to go to Art school but my
mothers death, bad school grades and meeting my future
husband all led me down a different path.
I don't regret that one bit especially as in my late 30's I went to a mother
and child art class with my daughter at school.The tutor was amazing
and set me up to go to the local college and I ended up doing an Art
foundation course and then on do a fine Art degree at UWE,
which I got just as I turned 40. Not bad for a high school drop out.
It was amazing, but as with a lot of fine art classes you explore your
own experiences to produce your art.Without going into too many details,
this led to me going down a very feminist route. For any of you have
studied Feminist Art history ( not many of you no doubt) then you will
know it rejects ( or at least did ) painting. This is a lots of theory about
painting being a male dominated as in 'Old Masters' process. Just as I was finishing
my degree, I discovered a fantastic artist called Jenny Saville a feminist
artist that painted and I wanted to start exploring
the medium again, but it was to late.
( you can read my dissertation about her here )
So years of just dabbling now and again and then taking up making
tiaras and then jewellery making, I have been brought full circle and
have rediscovered my first love. What a funny
world it is!!
I wasn't going to make a News years resolution this year but I think
if I have one now it is tocontinue to paint and to embrace my love of it x


  1. You have a wonderful gift, and I'm so glad you are getting back into something you love.
    I wish I could paint, I admire your art!

  2. Good post. I had a similar experience, so I can vouch that life does, indeed, turn in circles.

  3. You should definitely keep that New Years resolution! You do lovely paintings, so it's wonderful that your path has led you round to rediscovering it :-)