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Happiness by Design: Now, Do It Now!

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ― Leonardo da Vinci January has flown by just like I knew it would. My first performance of the play “Glorious!” is tonight and it hasn’t quite sunk in that we’re going to have an audience of 100+ people sat watching us. I’m excited, scared and… Continue reading Happiness by Design: Now, Do It Now!

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Happiness by Design: ME-TIME

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola Somehow, during this jam-packed week of nursery drop-offs, play rehearsals and general Mummy duties; I actually managed to squeeze in a few minutes of ME-TIME.  What occurs during me-time… Continue reading Happiness by Design: ME-TIME

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64 Questions with Illustrator Laura Girling

“Not everyone’s going to love you and that’s fine. Don’t take it to heart and don’t take it too personally when you have your differences with people.” I bumped into Laura Girling at the train station a couple of weeks ago and before I knew it I found myself asking if I could interview her. (I… Continue reading 64 Questions with Illustrator Laura Girling

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Happiness by Design: Give Your Soul a Hot Water Bottle

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” –  Thomas Merton One of the joys of being a complete beginner is; no one expects you to be any good. There’s no pressure. Now I’m not exactly a complete beginner with art, I did do it for A-Level, but that was… Continue reading Happiness by Design: Give Your Soul a Hot Water Bottle

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INSIDE Artists and Writers in Reading Prison: 5 Things about Oscar Wilde

“IN THE GREAT PRISON WHERE I WAS THEN INCARCERATED, I WAS MERELY THE FIGURE AND THE LETTER OF A LITTLE CELL IN A LONG GALLERY, ONE OF A THOUSAND LIFELESS NUMBERS AS OF A THOUSAND LIFELESS LIVES.” Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1897 I recently found myself wandering in and out of the cells at Reading… Continue reading INSIDE Artists and Writers in Reading Prison: 5 Things about Oscar Wilde

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The Happiness Project: Freedom, Expression and Colour

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso I’ve always loved to paint. I’d paint all day long if I could. I love getting lost in watercolours and experimenting with acrylics. So for June my Happiness Project Resolution was to spend a little more time being creative, nurturing any shred… Continue reading The Happiness Project: Freedom, Expression and Colour