Love can heal pain – Hope.

This week I set out with a set path in mind, but sometimes the universe has other plans – better plans.  One thing that I have learnt in this deepest, dark time is that you have to live life to its fullest.  Grab hold of things, live your life wildly and be yourself.  Be honest!  This is what has given me hope for my future.  The song that has walked the path with me and inspired my new painting is “Brave”.






Absence makes the heart grow fonder

The last few weeks have gone by in a blur.  Unfortunately not much painting happened in this blur, but I am still here and I am still painting! Hopefully my absence has made you fonder of my work 😉

I am really trying very hard to find myself in my art – to find the style I want to be known for.  It is a long process, but well worth the effort.  Experimenting with new ways is always good, so here’s to this week’s work.





Pushing through the pain

What do you do when your whole world is falling apart?  When everything you know, everything you came to rely on as truth, everything you placed your happiness on, is shaken so hard that it is all left in pieces.  What do I do?  I walk past my studio and look at my paintings and sigh.  I feel like I will never be able to pick up a paintbrush again.  But I always do, I always return to my paintbrushes and let them help me push through the pain.

This week I forced myself to paint “happiness”.  I am not there yet, but from my place of brokenness will come beauty and joy.




Something New

Getting stuck in a rut is easy.  Getting out and doing something new is the hard part. This week I really tried to find a new creative way to represent the girl I wanted to paint.  It took much longer than my others, but I am happy with her.  She even spoke to me and told me she wanted green hair – so green it is!


Challenge accepted!

This week I would also like to post a wonderful YouTube clip that has helped me through some challenging times.  So enjoy and remember to stay posted!


The Sting of Rejection

Looking back over my art journey I have come to really enjoy this dance that I call art!  It is such a wonderful dance full of wild ideas, great work and ego busters.

And so my girls went off to the gallery and were promptly called “unfinished” and rejected.  Oh, the sting of rejection!  Yes, yes, it is one person’s opinion. Yes, yes, I know that I need to develop a thicker skin.  One must remember though, that I am new to this, I still feel the pain of someone not liking the piece of me I put on the canvas.

Anyway – as my mother would say; “onward christian soldiers!”  Onward I go, to new things and wild art adventures!

In the storm I will stay calm.


Stay posted for more!

All the girls together

This week I finished my “small” series.  I am very happy with the 6 girls!

So off to the gallery they go this week.  Wish me luck!  I hope they all go to good homes.






“Where Now?” 


“Who are you?”





New Series

After a rough, storming, no-art week this past week, I could jump in over the weekend and complete two new paintings for my “small” series.



Who are you? Acrylic on board – 20cm x 20cm

Number four in the series:


Where now?  Acrylic on board – 20cm x 20cm

I started on portrait number 5, but did not like it from the get-go.  So, that one will be painted over and started again.

I am really trusting that this new series will sell well.  Any idea what you other artists out there suggest I charge for these little ladies?  I charge an average of R 3 000 ($200) for my bigger work, but have never made or sold little ones.

Wishing you all a fabulous September! Stay posted for more of my art journey!

A Week Not to Repeat

The week that has past has been one of the hardest in my whole life. Not a week to repeat for sure!  I am hoping that in the future I can look back on this time and see how it has had a wonderfully positive effect on my art.

All I got to paint this week was the second “block painting” in my new series, so that is all I have to share.

Blessings to each one reading this and stay posted for my art journey!


Angel – Acrylic on board

10 out of 10 for Trying

“The fear of failure kills creativity and intelligence. The only thing it produces is conformity.”
Anup Kochhar

Trying new things is always scary!  The whole process gives me sweaty hands and anxiety, but it is the only way to grow better. Fail and learn, fail and learn!

This week I tried my hand at a painting a landscape again (I have done some before, but they always seemed to come out the same – very generic).

Some examples of my old landscapes:


Back to my Youtube tutor for tips.  This clip gave me some great advice on painting clouds.


So, this week’s attempt at a landscape was not great, but I tried and I learnt new techniques.  But, I think I will stick to my portraits for the next while.


Not the success I hoped for, but a good learning experience.


Earlier this week I did this portrait.


I really enjoyed painting this one.

Lastly, I was asked by a friend to do a series of smaller “block” style paintings to present to a gallery next month.

This is the first in the “small block” series I am doing.


New series (20cm x 20cm)

Stay posted for more of my art journey!


Art in the Eye of the Beholder

Art is truly a unique physiology – fascinating to me! Every person has a different view about art and can have very apposing ideas about the same art piece.

Interestingly enough I have seen this play out with my art too.  I will paint something and be very uncertain about it, sometimes even dislike it, but I will load it onto my various social media platforms and receive amazing reviews about the piece!

Today this happened again with a painting I posted as a gift for a friend on my deviantart profile.  I posted it for her as her favourite flower is an Iris.


I don’t hate this painting, but it is one of my very first ones and feels a bit amateurish to me.  But, low and behold, it received great reviews on my profile (even winning me a “Zesty Zebra” award).

Other times I post something that I am crazy about, passionate about and absolutely love – and nothing! No comments, no likes, nothing!

the wallflower

The wallflower

“The wallflower” is a great example of this.  I know this is not the best painting I have ever painted, but it is very special to me.  I put much thought, care and love into this piece plus it is a bit of a self-portrait too.

What have I learnt through this?  Don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions of your work.  It is great to hear encouraging words like: “great work”, “beautiful”, etc, but at the end of the day beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Love the art you make! Love yourself and your unique creativity!  And ultimately that self-love with shine through in your work and touch others.