How to get the benefits of meditation without meditating – by creating art and crafts

Research tells us now that meditation has many benefits, helping us to maintain our wellbeing.  Now don’t get me wrong, I personally love to meditate daily, however, not everyone does. There are many reason why meditation is not liked by everyone.  Some don’t feel comfortable being alone with their own thoughts, others just don’t like sitting “doing nothing” for long, not forgetting not everyone feels they have the imagination to visualise.  There are many many more reasons, too many to mention.  If any of these resonate with you, then please read on…….. a video especially for you, will also be available at the end of the article.

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My Number 1 tip for artist block that people rarely mention or think about.

I was talking with Shumaker Art on her video comments the other day, about her top tips that helped her overcome artist block. Amazing artist by the way, check her out on YouTube.  All creatives experience creative blocks, not just artists.  There were good tips mentioned such as going to the beach to become inspired. She also mentioned taking care of yourself with exercise and eating well etc. I messaged her with my thoughts, explaining that I saw our creativity a little like a car that needs fuel to run.  If we do not have creative fuel then we will run out of ideas, until we refuel.  I was very impressed she mentioned eating well within her tips. However, I also think that, without good nutrition all the other tips will not work as well as they could.  I think it is a little more important than people give it credit for, therefore, my number 1 tip is eat good nutritional food. Read on if you would like to know why? Continue reading “My Number 1 tip for artist block that people rarely mention or think about.”

Pan pastel Portrait of Jane Davenport inspired by #29faces

Jane Davenport is a professional artist and best selling author, living in Australia with a huge following online.  According to her website ( about section her passion is teaching women how to defy self-imposed creative gravity, as well as a self confessed art supply junkie.  I myself have taken one of her classes as part of LifeBook2016 (run by another great artist Tamara Laport from willowing arts)

To find out more about my creative process for Janes’ portrait

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Beginners Alcohol Marker project in 3 easy steps.

It is not always easy to know what to draw.  You may have all the supplies but then when it comes to what you want to draw, your mind goes blank.  I have been there and done that.  Here is what I do to help me.

I have three steps I go through to get to that end result, my finished project.  Even when I do have a specific subject to draw, as was the case with this example I am about to share with you.

I was asked to participate in a YouTube collaboration hosted by Faith of Abstract possiblities, along with 11 other artists.  We each chose a peanuts character from “A Charlie Browns Thanksgiving” and created our own projects of choice. Continue reading “Beginners Alcohol Marker project in 3 easy steps.”