Celebrate milestones by looking back – it’s encouraging and a bit hilarious.

BIG NEWS : SMALL BLOG POST If you’ve been following this blog since its inception, let me know; and I’ll send you a celebratory Freddo frog, because we’ve reached a milestone. You may remember that my initial aim back in 2016 – beyond making a genuine, concerted effort with my oil painting attempts – was … More Celebrate milestones by looking back – it’s encouraging and a bit hilarious.

Why I’ll never take White for granted again.

Growing up and living in the first world has tarnished me with the ability to take things for granted very easily. If it’s not the major things, like health, a home and other essential stuff beginning with H, it’s definitely the small things. Things like shoes (plural), my toothbrush, even the existence of ‘spare time’ … More Why I’ll never take White for granted again.

Painting: An emotional rollercoaster that everyone, actually, is familiar with.

Ever heard of the Emotional Cycle of Change? Neither had I, until recently, but it turns out I’m deeply familiar with it – and I bet you are too. I came across the concept while reading Brian Moran & Michael Lennington’s book, The 12 Week Year, in which they outline (among many other things) the … More Painting: An emotional rollercoaster that everyone, actually, is familiar with.

First-rate Find: Why lazy and painting don’t mix.

As I write this, there is a rather frantic blow-fly energetically break-dancing on my office floor. Every now and then, it will have a little legs-up breather, before starting on another frenzied spin. Curiously, I find myself relating to its struggle. Since I started painting, I’ve spent many days in frenzied bursts of painting that, … More First-rate Find: Why lazy and painting don’t mix.

Context is everything. Or, why I paint what I do.

Have you ever looked at a painting and wondered, “What were they thinking? Why did the artist choose to paint that?…Of all the millions of avenues of inspiration they could’ve gone down, why choose that path?” Perhaps people look at my still-life paintings and those questions spring to mind. “Why does Fiona bother with matchboxes … More Context is everything. Or, why I paint what I do.