My Creative Side – Art

I’ve always loved anything creative and arty! Making, Painting, Sticking, Sewing, anything where I can add my creative flair. Here I will showcase some of my new and old arty pieces.

Last week on the way back from work, I popped into Paperchase to check out the new recycled stationary range they’ve just launched in collaboration with the London Evening Standard. The brand new exclusive stationery range is aimed to further help promote the recycling of newspapers in and around the capital. The new range has been created using London Evening Standard newspapers and turning them into a special edition, recycled stationery range to be sold in the retailer’s flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, along with the majority of their London stores. For the launch, they also had Sarah King running a fab little craft workshop, using recycled newspapers to create gift bags. I soon got stuck in, following instructions and getting creative with the washy tape – I…

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Monday evening I sat with the lights off and a single candle – Yes I did do it! Thinking about the times of war. But really it is hard to think about how our ancestors lived, worked and generally survived during these times. We can read books and gain knowledge but it’s not the same and I’m very happy we don’t have to go through that ourselves. They had hard lives and fought for us, for which I am truly grateful! My great-great grandfather was one of these who fought as I am sure many of you will have relatives from back then who joined the cause. This week on a lunch break I went to see the poppies at the Tower of London which…

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The end of last month was my Director’s birthday. She always makes such an effort for our birthdays that I wanted us (we all go together at work for colleague’s birthday gifts) to get her something different, something special. I thought I’d use the occasion to paint. A little nervous as obviously it puts pressure and a big responsibility on my shoulders, I did a little sneaky investigation into what her most favourite things were to decide on what to paint. My director’s daughter sent me a really cute picture of their English bulldog cross, Margaret, and so I took on the challenge – I’m normally a landscape painter so this was something new for me! And this is how it turned out… Pretty pleased.…

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JMW Turner once said: Painting is a strange business When you think about, it really is. Everyone sees and paints things differently. You could place a still life arrangement in the middle of a group of people, and even if everyone painted from the same angle, technique and how they see it will always be different. JMW Turner’s style of painting really influenced me during my time studying art for A Level. Impressionism, with the use of colour and brush strokes, intrigued me and drew me in. I studied Turner’s work and tried his style on landscape pieces of my own. I loved it! It has stuck with me since. I love how you can adapt the Impressionism style with your own brush technique and…

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Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known – Oscar Wilde. I  used to do art at A Level, and did carry on a little after finishing sixth form, however I miss it a lot and really do not do enough! Art is a fantastic way of expressing yourself, showing individualism and being creative. You can completely lose yourself in a drawing or painting, and I love that! So I thought I would start a new section on my blog where I can showcase a few old bits, and hopefully it will also encourage me to start producing some new pieces too – So keep an eye out!

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