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So Christmas fast approaches, and although for some it can trigger painful memories for most of us this time of anticipation does feel magical. This year has been like no other, and if like us you are contemplating a slimmed down Christmas, I do hope that it can also be a happy one.  Gosh we need to feel some joy , and more than anything else some hope. We owe it to ourselves to enjoy a bit of magic.  I like to get outside as much as I can , it can be uplifting to see the sun, see the leaves in...

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Hi , I am sitting in my little studio in my garden at the back of my house. The weather for the past couple of days has been dreary and light levels have been low, it doesn't really help to lift your mood. However we must do what we can. We have a rather wobbly reindeer that my husband made several years ago, he comes out every year, often needing major surgery, either a new leg or antler. Any slight nudge sends him toppling. He seems to sum up this year rather well , a bit unsteady and feeling confused...but...

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I think we can all agree that the past 12 months have been anything but calm . Perhaps that is why I seem to have wanted to paint dark stormy seas this year, who knows ? But I do love the sea, in all it's guises , on a lovely calm summer's day or during a wild, windy November storm, it is fascinating and never ever the same.  I have tried this year to celebrate what I have, and value the natural world . Don't get me wrong I am no saint, I have sworn at the T.V., felt fed up...

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So this is the time of year I get very busy finishing off commissions , worrying whether they are good enough....feeling a bit stressed. So every so often I give myself a break and paint something just for me . If I don't do this I think I can get a bit stale , and my work tends to suffer, I thought what will I really enjoy?. I haven't painted a magical moonlit hare for a while, I love to paint eyes and I have my gold leaf to use.....I know what I'll paint. So I begin by looking through...

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Today is bright and sunny in my Devon studio, the sun is shining , and it really raises my spirits to see the light. I am trying to walk everyday , get my heart beating and enjoy whatever the seasons have to offer.  Christmas this year draws ever closer , and many of us aren't sure what is the best thing to do, and whether or not we will be able to join with family and friends as we usually do. I think we have all realised how much we took our everyday freedoms for granted, we miss them and...

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