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America's cool modernism – at the Ashmolean now!

I’d highly recommend at trip to the Ashmolean, Oxford (before the end of July) for the America’s Cool Modernism show – abstract expressionism in the making.  Some wonderful work, very cleverly curated to create a story as you wander round. Saw some fantastic work there, work that takes my breath away, especially the Georgia O’Keeffe, …

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Mindfulness and Creativity – how artists are benefiting from meditating

I came across this article yesterday (link below) – I totally agree with the author – mindfulness is essential for me for all my practices, photography, drawing or painting.  I use it to settle my mind before creating and for me that is a very productive way of working.  Of course there are huge benefits …

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Not my body, not my mind

Imagine waking up one day and everything you thought you knew about yourself had changed. Going through the menopause recently was a frightening experience, nothing worked like it used to, my tastes changed, my mind changed, my body changed, everything was alien and to make things worse, I now also felt invisible to the wider …

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Ageing beautifully

Two weeks ago I was given a lovely bunch of tulips and I have loved watching them age, and I realised today what a metaphor they are for growing older and seeing beauty where many might only see decay. At first the flowers were upright and prim and proper and within a couple of days …

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Blooming tulips

A little early for the garden yet, although I do have daffs now – I love these tulips – they start off so prim and proper and after a couple of days really let it all hang out!