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The benefits of adversity

The Benefits of Adversity Many children spend a lot of their time with their peers.  In my childhood, I changed schools five times. This meant l had to learn to start over again and again.  At the time I couldn’t see the benefits of adversity. I could only see the challenges of the upheavals.  Making friends and building strong relationships was a continual challenge.  It felt like before I knew it, I was moving again.   As I didn’t have easy and regular access to friends, I naturally was drawn to the easy path of finding things to do on my own. I didn’t spend my time playing sports.  I was… Read More »The benefits of adversity

15 things I learnt from Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech

15 things I learnt from Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech In 2012 Neil Gaiman gave a commencement speech for the University of Arts in Pennsylvania.  Neil Gaiman is a writer of novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. He was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. Neil’s most notable works include The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Neverwhere, Coraline and The Graveyard book. He has also been honoured with many international awards.  His speech is packed full of helpful advice for creative people. I thought I would write this blog post and highlight many of the learning points l found in it. “Instead of… Read More »15 things I learnt from Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech

7 lessons to developing a painting practice

7 lessons I have learnt on my way to develop a painting practice. I always felt I excelled as an artist when I painted, ‘Hopes and Fears’. The idea and success of ‘Hopes and Fears’ seemed to come out of nowhere. I started painting, and the result just happened.  It just seemed to work without a lot of effort. I had painted one of my greatest accomplishment to date, and now I want to understand its success so I can reproduce the results. I had been overthinking about what was working within my art.  I kept trying and became confused. Then I slowly began to realise that when I am… Read More »7 lessons to developing a painting practice

Overcoming being a perfectionist

Obstacles I have overcome – being a perfectionist One of the lessons and obstacles I have learnt to deal with is being a perfectionist. Over the years I have visited many galleries and museums and enjoyed looking at other artists work. I use to look at other artists work and compare my work to theirs. But l now realise that looking at other artists work and comparing mine to theirs is counterproductive. Instead of being helpful the visits made me focus on my insecurities as an artist. I would ask myself; Am l talented? Is my work good enough? And, what if no-one likes my work? I was creating an… Read More »Overcoming being a perfectionist