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Here you’ll find blogs from the studio covering art, business, travel, studio life and of course, synesthesia! Bookmark this page or join my mailing list to be notified when new blogs are released. I can’t wait to share my life in the studio with you!

PLUS I’m collecting stories and songs from around the world. I aim to create a series of featured stories that focus on the impact and meaning music brings to everyday memories and relationships. I’d love to hear the story behind your special song.

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Style and frame your art collection

Style and frame your art collection

Original art has always been an important part of my life. My grandfather was an artist and on every wall of my childhood home, a unique piece of art was hung. His style moved across mediums, shapes, sizes and subject. Together these pieces brightened our home and the homes of family and friends.

I think because I have grown up with so much art around, I’ve always been inspired to grow my own collection. And I want to pass some tips on to you if you want to start your own and display it proudly in your home.

Style and frame your art collection

Original art has always been an important part of my life. My grandfather was an artist and on every wall of my childhood home, a unique piece of art was hung. His style moved across mediums, shapes, sizes and subject. Together these pieces brightened our home and the homes of family and friends.

I think because I have grown up with so much art around, I’ve always been inspired to grow my own collection. And I want to pass some tips on to you if you want to start your own and display it proudly in your home.

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How do you know if you have synesthesia

How do you know if you have synesthesia

Do you think you might have synesthesia? Read about my experience to learn more about the condition and whether you might have it to!

Synesthesia is the crossing of senses. What this means is that synesthetes have a sensory perception -sound, taste, smell, touch, sight – that is interpreted by the brain through an experience not usually associated with that specific sense. I see music as colour, in that when I hear a sound, a colour automatically and involuntarily appears in my mind, taking on a form that is always consistent.

How do you know if you have synesthesia

Do you think you might have synesthesia? Read about my experience to learn more about the condition and whether you might have it to!

Synesthesia is the crossing of senses. What this means is that synesthetes have a sensory perception -sound, taste, smell, touch, sight – that is interpreted by the brain through an experience not usually associated with that specific sense. I see music as colour, in that when I hear a sound, a colour automatically and involuntarily appears in my mind, taking on a form that is always consistent.

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I’m doing #The100DayProject – 100 synesthesia artworks in 100 days

I’m doing #The100DayProject – 100 synesthesia artworks in 100 days

This year marks the 6th annual #The100DayProject and now I’m fully committing!

I came across #The100DayProject a few years ago on Instagram and so admired the many creatives who took part. Their projects were varied – big, small, sketching, embroidery, poetry – but the thing that connected them was the journey that these creators had committed to.

I’ll be painting 100 songs in 100 days from The Rolling Stones’ ‘100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far’.

I’m doing #The100DayProject – 100 synesthesia artworks in 100 days

This year marks the 6th annual #The100DayProject and now I’m fully committing!

I came across #The100DayProject a few years ago on Instagram and so admired the many creatives who took part. Their projects were varied – big, small, sketching, embroidery, poetry – but the thing that connected them was the journey that these creators had committed to.

I’ll be painting 100 songs in 100 days from The Rolling Stones’ ‘100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far’.

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New to the archive – March 2019

New to the archive – March 2019

It’s been a quiet month in the studio and I’ve taken advantage of that downtime by giving my Etsy and online shop a major overhaul! You’ll notice that you can now purchase abstract styles across the shop, as well as having the option to upgrade your certificate of authenticity to a full synesthesia description.

You’ve been asking for abstract styles for a while and I’m so glad that these are now easier to purchase, and profiled front and center in the shop!

New to the archive – March 2019

It’s been a quiet month in the studio and I’ve taken advantage of that downtime by giving my Etsy and online shop a major overhaul! You’ll notice that you can now purchase abstract styles across the shop, as well as having the option to upgrade your certificate of authenticity to a full synesthesia description.

You’ve been asking for abstract styles for a while and I’m so glad that these are now easier to purchase, and profiled front and center in the shop!

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Relive your first dance – Shawn’s Story

Relive your first dance – Shawn’s Story

Every week I am lucky enough to sit in my studio and be inspired by the stories and adventures behind every commission. My favourite pieces to paint are those attached to heartfelt moments of joy and love. The songs that draw two people to remember those special moments in their lives are also the ones which pop just a little more of the page when the watercolour dries.

When Shawn got in touch to reveal the special connection she has with her piece of synesthesia art I had to share it.

Relive your first dance – Shawn’s Story

Every week I am lucky enough to sit in my studio and be inspired by the stories and adventures behind every commission. My favourite pieces to paint are those attached to heartfelt moments of joy and love. The songs that draw two people to remember those special moments in their lives are also the ones which pop just a little more of the page when the watercolour dries.

When Shawn got in touch to reveal the special connection she has with her piece of synesthesia art I had to share it.

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Abstract options are here!

Abstract options are here!

Since I began creating synesthesia paintings many years ago my style has evolved as different aspects of the process took my creative interest. My pieces started as highly abstract as I explored my experience of synesthesia. These early paintings depicted the surface colours of a song, the overall effect of the music on my mind.

Since then, my art has evolved and my ability to articulate my own experience has grown stronger. I can identify the colours of each subtle sound within the music and have focused on translating this detail into my pieces and my synesthesia descriptions.

Abstract options are here!

Since I began creating synesthesia paintings many years ago my style has evolved as different aspects of the process took my creative interest. My pieces started as highly abstract as I explored my experience of synesthesia. These early paintings depicted the surface colours of a song, the overall effect of the music on my mind.

Since then, my art has evolved and my ability to articulate my own experience has grown stronger. I can identify the colours of each subtle sound within the music and have focused on translating this detail into my pieces and my synesthesia descriptions.

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Bring mom to tears – Kaleigh’s story

p.s. Read all the way to the end of the blog to find out how you can win your Mother’s Day artwork!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a story about a song that means so much to this mother and daughter. Every so often I get to paint a song that takes me totally by surprise, with Kaleigh and her mom, this was one of those moments. Their song ‘Rainbow Connection’ performed by none other than Kermit The Frog, is a sweet and meaningful melody that Kaleigh explains “brings my mom to tears 100% of the time- it instantly transports her back to my young childhood”.

Phenomenal Woman – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year and I am forever thinking up amazing projects that I could do to celebrate, and then falling short when it gets to crunch time. In that way, it’s also one of my least favourite days of the year. It makes me feel like I haven’t done enough, and that I haven’t done justice to the wonderful women I admire.

March 8 makes me want to create something profound. To make and share something that captures my experience of womanhood and the women that influence it. This year I am releasing myself of that pressure. Instead, I want to share a poem that speaks for itself.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month around the world and this month I intend to get into the spirit and celebrate a few of the women that helped shape the world around me. It is a month when we actively seek to uncover women’s stories from the past, so many of which remain untold. It is also a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to all societies across the globe and to remember those who struggled against oppression and discrimination.

New to the archive – February 2019

It’s been a wonderful month full of colour and beautiful winter sunshine brightening up the studio. This month I’ve been blown away by the love you’ve shown for my new regular blogs. I appreciate ever read, favourite, comment or share so thank you so much for making it so easy to put myself out there each week. The blogs this month focused on the process of creating synesthesia art meaning there’s now an in-depth look at each step of the process; sketching, painting and creating the certificate of authenticity!

Why you love synesthesia art

This month I’ve been exploring the process of creating synesthesia art. It’s also been the month of love! I thought I’d bring these two themes together to celebrate you, my collectors. I haven’t talked about it yet in this month’s blogs, but one of the biggest parts of the process of creating art is you and your story. You are the reason I make art. Every song that gets shared with me has a special story behind it and every single one makes my heart sing.

You inspire me, you motivate me and you welcome me into your home and your story every time I pick up my brushes. So I’m celebrating you, and the memories that make synesthesia art meaningful.

What is a certificate of authenticity?

This month I’ve been exploring the process of creating synesthesia art. While my art comes straight from my experience of the world, I’ve found that adding some structure to my process allows me to go deeper into my synesthesia experience, and share it better!

So far I’ve written about sketching the song and painting your piece. Now we’ve arrived at my final step, creating the certificate of authenticity!

Tips for sharing the studio with your partner

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to celebrate the best creative partner in my life, my husband. Kurt and I moved from Australia to the UK in 2017 so that he could complete his PhD. If he was following his dream, I said, why shouldn’t I follow mine! I went from my previous career in Australia to working full-time in my studio and am so grateful that I have been able to build my business and provide for our family. Thank goodness Kurt is a natural chef, and a truly equal partner.

So I wanted to share our story of what it’s really like sharing a home studio with your partner, and I wanted my very own partner’s perspective. Thanks Kurt for being the perfect blogging guest!

Painting your piece

Art is the perfect way to express the experience of synesthesia. Synesthesia is such a unique and unusual experience that it can be hard to describe in words. For me, painting quickly became the best expression of my synesthesia experience. When I found out that hearing colours wasn’t the norm, I was baffled! I didn’t know how to talk about what I saw when a song played and showing my family and friends instead was a life saver.

This month I’m discussing the process of creating synesthesia art. So far we’ve talked about getting started with a sketch of the song, painting the piece is my next step and is where the music really comes to life!

Sketching synesthesia art

This month I’ll be focusing on the process of creating a synesthesia artwork and am starting with step one, sketching!

Over the years I’ve learned more about my synesthesia and my paintings have become more detailed as I strive to fully transport you into the music with each piece of art. Every song has a huge variety of colours and I want to capture every single one. To make sure they don’t get missed, I start with a sketch of the music. 

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