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I'm an inconsistent artist, hugely distracted by life. I create in a variety of media including words, pictures, food and laundry. I do it because I can't seem to not. Sometimes it's fun.

Every picture tells a story, but whose, and about what?

26 March 2012

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Picture showing a wardrobe and fish against a yellow and blue background.

About this picture … The background is a sunny beach. The yellow represents the sand; the blue is the sea and sky. The wardrobe represents my mother. She had a concern for physical appearance that bordered on obsession. She spent a lot of time on her hair, clothes and make-up, trying to look glamorous; but only when she went out. The fish represents me. As a child I was criticised a lot by adults, particularly my mother, especially about the way I looked, but also about what I said, how...

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Hot summers, sticky sweets, and not so golden days.

25 March 2012

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Sweet Sunday

This picture is the latest in what I believe will be a long series, the working title of which is ‘Sundays’. Whereas the first one was hand drawn and painted, Sweet Sunday was created digitally, with a camera and scanner to get the images into the computer. I used a combination of  Serif and Adobe software to edit the images and create the picture. As previously described, Sunday visiting in the institution was special, extraordinary and transient. Visitors invariably brought...

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Blogging: An opening-up activity.

11 April 2012

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A picture of a clown-like figure, ladybird and teddy-bear.

Two friends wrote to me recently, after seeing my blog. Both are writers, sometimes stuck and not yet published. One wrote: "I've just kept the doors closed on so many things which I now find almost impossible to express … as if I always need to air my feelings and thoughts first to an objective person, to get their approval and permission to feel the way I do. …so difficult to get back into my writing … things I need to write about but feel far too inhibited."...

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