Here is a video of me creating one of my biggest pieces of work to date (and the biggest canvas I have ever painted at 1 x 2 metres)!
I was lucky enough to receive this commission from my friend Chris, who had recently had a lovely, light extension at the back of his house, and had a really big white wall that was crying out for some art. My brief “create what you like, I will like whatever you make”! But I needed a little bit more than that, and managed to get a few ideas to base it on, including Chris’ favourite colour green & the feel of running through the woods (he is an ultra runner) in Spring. This was really helpful, as although not an ultra runner, I do long cross country runs so could relate to the feel of being out and running through nature.
I have recently finished a painting commission for the really inspiring play therapy charity Clear Sky in Oxfordshire – and here are the results!
My brief was to create some work which would brighten up the corridors of the charity’s offices, and to be used in their large and light training room during events. It had to be colourful and include their logo ‘Sunny’. I decided to produce a series of three canvases that all tied in together and created a sort of visual journey through the play therapy process.
This was a mural I painted this Christmas holidays. I was looking for a wall to paint on, as I wanted to paint some bigger work than A1, and my niece Sabina was lovely enough to volunteer her wall.
I believe that art can be incredibly therapeutic, in many different ways, and I wanted to share my experience here of having art therapy, which is a form of counselling using art.
I wanted to write about my experience – partly because I think therapy is still talked about very little compared to how much people actually have it (I would say about a good 25% – 50% of people I talk to about therapy have had some form of therapy in the past), and partly because art therapy is really very powerful and I wanted to share how it has helped me, in case it could help you too. I also wanted to share some of my artwork from this.
It was great to see my art work going up on a hoarding for a new art house cinema in Kentish Town last week, as one of the winners of a local art competition. After living in the area for 2 years (I moved back to Oxford this summer) it was really nice to have left my mark in London.
The brief was to choose your favourite film and produce a black and white film flyer for it. Now, as an adult, when you are asked for your favourite something or other – it is quite hard! The first film that came to mind was Dirty Dancing (much to my husband’s dismay!) – but it was a film I watched a lot in my past, it’s a feel good movie, and I really love the cheesy music.