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I think all creative disciplines; art, design, architecture, fashion, theatre, film, food and music, can sometimes fuse together and cross-pollinate to nourish and create new ideas or forms.

I have done design work in the arts for many years and enjoy the challenge of having to think in a different, yet still creative way. It makes me flexible, curious and often self-referential. One discipline can feed and provide ideas for the other e.g. the arrangement of text on a poster can be a useful reference for words on canvas.

I recently completed a piece of design for a local interior design company. They required a down loadable, 5-page floor planner for their clients. I hand drew the room features and digitized them; this created a softer image than hard architectural lines and the rest I made with design software. Tools cross-pollinating!

They were pleased with the results and I really loved doing this piece of work.

Now it’s back to working with found objects, paper and ink. More on that later . . .

Bliss Baby Golden! Golden! Acrylic, Oilstick & Chinagraph Pencil on Canvas 40 x 40 cm | 13 May 2019

On that first day, the endless possibilities, the journey just begun. Now, each day is a new day, streaked with pink and blue and filled with promise - I access and bow to the child within. Bliss Baby is a visual reminder to treat each day as a gift – golden, golden indeed!

bliss |blɪs|

noun [ mass noun ]

perfect happiness; great joy: she gave a sigh of bliss.

a state of spiritual blessedness, typically that reached after death. the bliss of heaven.

bliss

noun

it was sheer bliss to be there: joy, pleasure, delight, happiness, gladness, ecstasy, elation, rapture, euphoria, heaven, paradise, seventh heaven, cloud nine, Eden, Utopia, Arcadia; halcyon days; informal the top of the world. ANTONYMS misery.

Light blue canvas in my studio

Getting a professional-level framed canvas with stretcher bars typically takes a lot of measuring and a bit of guesswork. It is a very delicate process and you have to have an eye for perfection but I found it to be quite straightforward and completed my first one!

It is now sitting smugly on my studio wall with 5 coats of Liquitex heavy body, light blue permanent acrylic waiting to be transformed.

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. — Paul Cezanne

Now what? I shall either attack it with acrylic and oilstick and see what emerges or give it some consideration and produce something on it from sketches or a specific idea. I think I’ll go for the preconceived idea over the expressionistic assault!

One's mind, stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Let’s see if I can expand beyond 40 x 40cm!