life by design

Last day of summer art camp … Had a blast!!!

My word!!! We can learn so much from kids!

Let go of inhibitions … Freeing!!

Have a go!

Mess is ok sometimes … And so freeing!!!

Play hard!!!

Self discovery is easy when you relax!

I loved getting to know the little personalities … And get quality time watching the creativity flow,

An absolute priviledge to share my space and time with a bunch of creative courageous free spirits

I tell ya something adults ….

If we could harness and bottle it up for us, we d be lucky ducks!!!

Enjoy the remains of the summer,

Thanks for experience and memories!!

Christine  x

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hommage to the cow!!

I completed a commission for a man, his inspiration based on a bank of memories of growing up around the bovine beauties!!

Bovine art is all the rage at present …. Inspired by the quizzical and whimsical  close up look of the cow, who’s curiosity pleases us on walks in the countryside …. leaning over fences and straining their necks over the walls, they are a great muse for the artist cow lover!!

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This guy is an unfinished acrylic waiting on my brick wall for a bit of definition!… This is a similar view of the local cattle that moo at the window as we re dining in late summer!!

Hope you liked my homage to the cow post!!

Christine x 

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window painting !!!

When a friend recommended me to the local toy shop to paint the window i was chuffed!…and a little concerned as it was a first!

It turned out very enjoyable, getting to map out a design on a large scale window, and assisting in the marketing for the premises and attracting the clients through the shop doors! ….. also attracting people as they drive or walk past in my local community helping to lift the spirits and inspire a smile !!!

This is my first christmas one on a restaurant window!

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tips when considering painting a picture on a shop window!

1.  Although, when I did my research into the type of paint to use both tempura poster paint and acrylic were advised to be suitable. However on trial of both types, and my experience with a restaurant and condensation issues, I would prefer acrylic as the tempura paint reacts with heat and can start to drip if the ventilation wasnt effective enough

2. Consider that painting on the inside of the window the picture/lettering will be mirror image when looking in from the from the shop front. Always a good idea anyway to sketch out with a marker ( sharpie) pen first before you paint.

3. If it’s your first attempt it can be hard to quote. In my experience make sure and drive a good bargain to get the experience and confirm future bookings, and offer that this price be a good discount for first time customer. Consider your paint and brush cost, your time including the creative process of putting together your sketch plan.

I am chuffed with this extra income I discovered this year, and will be visiting shops and businesses in the new year to advertise my new portfolio!

In my creative journey in art, creativity and business i’ve learned …….

* If you have an incling that you could possibly do something ….. you most probably can!!!

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self reliance and creativity!!

Two years ago I didnt dream I could draw …. my doodles were scribbles and I left my artistic flair in choosing the interior colour scheme for my house, and kids birthday cakes!

Driven though by a desire to have sketches of my children and coloured canvases on my walls ( and no budget to shop for such) began my journey as an artist. Funnily enough I became good fast!!!!! .which leaped me into a self belief bubble that allowed me to discontinue any doubt on my ability in achieveing my dreams and life  🙂 lucky me

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Back last year christmas 2014, I decided to advertise locally my newfound talent for sketch paint and draw and launched a little market stall with some canvases, portrait sketches and rag wreaths.

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my little christmas stall …. only covered costs of the day but followed by commissions and contacts in the art scene locally


It’s been a creative journey that has been unexpected, though greatly appreciated and ….. well, is a journey that throws me into uncertainty, a new field of dreams to wonder, explore and realise!

My design a life journey is enriched with the discovery of new talents …. and incorporate into a business plan, stay at home mumpreneur kind of life. So in art  it has been about commissions, about childrens art classes and camps, and finding time to develop and progress as an individual

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Above: A window painting I designed for halloween in a local toy shop.

Following a series of workshops and art camps at my home, I have established a weekly art class in a local after school facility. The added bonus is that my daughter gets to join in 🙂

We welcomed autumn with some bird on a wire and autum leaf wreaths

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Here we go approaching December … we had a look at star patterns!

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So expect a bit more from this side of me …. all part of the whole me …. my creative journey!