When I travelled to South Africa recently, I was captivated and inspired by the landscapes of my childhood. I returned home with a portfolio filled with images, sensations and ideas to explore in my studio.Read More
Lately I have been thinking a great deal about whether I really show up - whether the person I seem to be to others, is in fact who I am. The words of a poem I read as a young girl, came back to me yesterday, ‘When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me’.
At the time Jenny Joseph’s ode to non-conformity tantalised and shocked me. Having grown up in middle-class South Africa, where being a good girl meant fitting in and following rules, I longed to ’sit down on the pavement when tired, go out in my slippers in the rain and press alarm bells’!
Thankfully there’s still time. I can be whoever I want to be, and I’m not waiting till I’m old. So…
One day soon I shall wear brilliant yellow,
With turquoise jewellery and gardenias in my hair.
I shall talk to the birds, listen to the wind
And dance along footpaths and in queues.
I shall play the bongos, sing without a care
And commit acts of gross generosity.
One day soon I shall love without caution,
Paint without restraint and live without fear…
What would you do if you showed up without reserve? I’d love to hear!
Given the approaching frenzy of Christmas shopping and preparations, I invite you take time for yourself, to write your own ‘One day soon…’
I’m always saying to my kids, ‘You are the driver of your life…’ yet somehow recently I felt like I’d climbed into the backseat.
Perhaps you have also been through times of feeling blue, unmotivated and numb – an observer of your life rather than an active participant?Read More
Do you wonder what to say to your child when he shows you his drawings? How to encourage your daughter as she gets frustrated with paint? Read this - it may just help!Read More
Do you understand what your child creates and why? What do you say and do to encourage him? As Picasso famously said, 'Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.Read More
What do painting and cooking have in common? In my case, they are both sensual and courageous...Read More
When your world shakes, do you run for cover or stand your sacred ground?Read More
Goals can set us up for success or failure. What about goals that are about working without goals and making mistakes?Read More
Is being creative a gift given only to the select few? What does it do for us and can you choose to be creative?Read More
Decades before the Mindfulness movement, my Gran taught me to pay attention to nature, to see and sense like an artist.Read More