Showing posts from December, 2021

The Feminist Artists Gave Us A Voice

This piece is about the fears many women have about using their voice and saying what they believe in.   I'd been studying 'The Feminist Art' movement of the late 1960s and was inspired by the strength and determination of these women. The Feminist artists stood against an established, male-dominated art world. Women were under-represented and invisible to the public and the Feminist artists fought to change, what had been the norm for centuries. I want to thank them for their courage and offer my sincere gratitude. Image: Spoils of Courage 2004 (sold), Mixed Media on Board - oils, wax, plaster. Further Reading The Feminist Artists Who Changed the World Artland - Feminist Art History  How Art Fought for Women's Rights

Say No to Self-Doubt

I've wanted to start a blog for a long time but wasn't sure if I'd anything to offer.  I'm still unsure but hey, we can't give in to fear, right?  I hope to find my tribe, so we can share our stories, successes, struggles and learn from each other.  Below is a bit of background to give some context. I hung up my paint brushes around seven years ago (2013) as a series of life events became overwhelming, at times heart-breaking.  For two of those years, I was physically and mentally unable to paint or make art of any kind.  I was burned out and broken.  During my fine-art absence, I did other creative stuff - graphic design, illustration, digital painting and, recently I illustrated a children's book about recycling.  These pursuits were rewarding and immersing myself in the magical world of children's illustration was lots of fun. Now, seven years on, the call to painting returns, but do I want to put myself in that place again - applying for shows, rejecti