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I find great joy in painting, and have always been creative . Most of us are as children, we don't feel we need to be perfect we just have fun. I hope some of you can feel that joy of creating again, I think it is there within us all to some degree. Today  written a simple blog, maybe something you could try with your children or grandchildren, or for those of you who feel 'you can't paint' , this might be something for you to try too, because I think everyone can paint, and the results don't matter it's...

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Hi welcome back to mid Devon, the sun is shining ( again) and summer here is in full swing. It can be hard to remember that whatever us humans do, the world keeps turning and the seasons change. I know I get bogged down in my own life, bringing up teenagers, money worries, stressing about the future etc. etc.and then to look outside, everything is just going on as it always has. Whatever is going on, just pausing for a while and soaking in the view is so important . Small things noticed during the course of a day,  a wren...

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Last week I was still buzzing from my trip to Cornwall, this  week I have found real inspiration closer to home. I am still filled with seascapes and the roar of the waves, but a stroll around the garden can be just as inspirational. I know how tricky it can be to get started, my advice to beginners would be to have a go at the simpler things, paint subjects that please you in between the things that are more of a challenge. We all need to feel that high that comes from the feeling that things have gone well....

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My dad was a very funny man, whenever we went on holiday he would ask people who lived in the seaside town we were in " so where do you go on holiday ?". Then everyone would smile,  and they might say "no need to go away when you live in a beautiful place like this" I would beg to differ though, I live in a beautiful place, but I need to get away from time to time, and my most favourite holiday destination is the far west of Cornwall. However when asked "what does and artist do on her holidays?",...

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Hi another Thursday so another blog. One of the great things about living in the UK is the ever changing weather, and our ability to talk about it. Today it seems as though normal service has been resumed, summer in England. A mixture of sunshine and showers and an abundance of flowers. The intense heat of last week has gone and I am constantly checking the skies to make sure my washing stays dry!! However my garden is changing daily too, no sooner does one bloom die back than another grabs my attention. Today the agapanthus are making there presence...

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