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At the beginning of February, I started my maternity leave. In this in-between stage of not being at work but also not being stuck in newborn life just yet, I spent my days' nesting, napping and Netflix-ing. I also worked on getting back my creativity and trying to be less impatient. I told myself to slow down and just enjoy these last few weeks of quiet alone time. 

Something that I found really useful for this last step, was taking daily walks and appreciating my surroundings. It is something that Lauren has spoken about a lot on the how she creates podcast and I found a new love for the practice as I stumbled across the #super_ordinarylife tag and account on Instagram.

I love the minimal, simple and effective images found under this tag. How easy it is to stop and see un-complicated and pleasing compositions all around you, in your ordinary life.

Here is a quick photo diary of my first few weeks on maternity leave... 



Mural in Leeds




How cool is this?! Torrie painted my citrus zest picture!



Fresh



Sprinklings of Spring





Frost



Fog

INSPIRATION WALKS | SUPER ORDINARY LIFE | 01

I have finished my 2018/19 submission for The Sketchbook Project!

This post details a flip through of my finished sketchbook as well as a detailed image of every page. With a baby on the way, I'm not sure when I'll get to visit my sketchbook in the Brooklyn Library but it's for sure on my bucket list now!



The theme for my project was simple - colour studies. 
I took a mixed media approach and looked at each basic colour in turn. As well as saving a few pages for my favourite subject - rainbow!
















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THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT | FINISHED

Long time no posting (growing a human is pretty all-consuming!) let's have a creative catch up shall we? 
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01. 
Doodle a day challenges (December + February)






I finished half of the December prompts before getting lost in a sea of festive feelings and after work naps...





I then decided to pick the challenge back up at the beginning of this month. I'm using magazines as my canvas and not putting any pressure on myself to finish the whole month, I'm just enjoying each prompt as it comes. 


02. 
Commissioned abstract piece 


Just after Christmas, I was approached by my Get Messy friend Moriah, to create a bespoke piece for her to gift. It was a really fun challenge as I'd never really worked in this way before, usually, I am either working to my own internal beat or a prompt. It's an experience I would love to do more of, so please contact me if you are interested in something being made especially for you!



04. 
The Sketchbook Project




Even though the deadline for this project has been extended to the end of March, I wanted to get it done before my own personal due date (!). It was sent off this week and I can't wait to share all of the pages with you all! Check out this post to see some of my progress at the rough half-way point. 

05.
Decorating my home with my own art





I'm not sure why it took me so long to do this (is it a bit egotistical?) but I do love seeing these pieces dotted around my home. We have lived in our current house for 3x years and it is only this past summer that it started to really feel like "ours". Decorating and filling it up with personal artefacts like this have really helped. 

06.
New abstract experiments



Creating purely for fun and seeing what happens! 

During my pregnancy, I lost almost all of my creative urge, energy and zest. A really unexpected and disconcerting symptom. I tried to keep making and creating but it was really tough and I felt very disconnected to what I was producing. It is only since the beginning of the new year that I have had my old creative energy flow back through me and it feels so good! I'm sure that playing around in my art studio with no pressures helped me to tap back into it.





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A CREATIVE WINTER UPDATE

Every year I watch the sketchbook project roll back around and wish I had taken part, and this year, I finally did! 

I have decided to centre my project around colour studies. The aim to create a sketchbook that flows from one colour to the next, using a variety of mixed mediums. Collage, paint, ink, pencil, pastel.. etc


Today, in this blog post, I am sharing where my project is up to currently. I have until February 2019 to complete all the pages but seeing as I am also due to have a baby that month (!) I am aiming to have it finished by January.


It starts with rainbow swatches 


Then we move onto red


Orange 


Green (1)


Green (2)


Blue 


Pink


And we finish on rainbow


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THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT | HALF WAY