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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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Setbacks, interruptions and creativity

Setbacks, interruptions and creativity

So here we are, another Monday and a blog that I have penciled into my diary as #The100DayProject Update. But here’s the kicker, I don’t have an update. I don’t have new pieces to share or new learnings about the medium I was hoping to improve. I DO, though, have quiet compassion for an artist and businesswoman overtaken by the day-to-day.

Setbacks, interruptions and creativity

So here we are, another Monday and a blog that I have penciled into my diary as #The100DayProject Update. But here’s the kicker, I don’t have an update. I don’t have new pieces to share or new learnings about the medium I was hoping to improve. I DO, though, have quiet compassion for an artist and businesswoman overtaken by the day-to-day.

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Plan the perfect 1st anniversary

Plan the perfect 1st anniversary

Time has flown by since our wedding last October and I can’t believe we’re getting closer and closer to celebrating our first anniversary! The wedding was such a special day for us it’s hard to imagine how to do it, and our first year of marriage, justice. I want something that will transport us back to the feelings of that day, but that also celebrates how far we’ve come and the new memories we’ve made together.

So, I got to brainstorming and have come up with my perfect formula for planning an extra-special first-anniversary celebration. I figure there are four key elements! Food, activity, gifts and a bit (or a lot) of sentimentality.

Plan the perfect 1st anniversary

Time has flown by since our wedding last October and I can’t believe we’re getting closer and closer to celebrating our first anniversary! The wedding was such a special day for us it’s hard to imagine how to do it, and our first year of marriage, justice. I want something that will transport us back to the feelings of that day, but that also celebrates how far we’ve come and the new memories we’ve made together.

So, I got to brainstorming and have come up with my perfect formula for planning an extra-special first-anniversary celebration. I figure there are four key elements! Food, activity, gifts and a bit (or a lot) of sentimentality.

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7 Days In Scotland – Our Photo Story

7 Days In Scotland – Our Photo Story

This past week we’ve been off adventuring in Scotland! Instead of my usual blogs, I wanted to share some photos from our trip and save them as a memory of such a special time. My father-in-law is here with us doing his first big overseas trip in over 25 years and one of his top requests was to see Scotland – a place he’s never been and always wanted to see.

I set about planning the perfect road trip and was over the moon when I discovered Watch Me See, a Scotland travel blog. Kathi’s The Best of Scotland in One Week (A complete 7-Day Itinerary) was PERFECT and I’m pleased to report a total winner of a trip. My father-in-law had a blast and I was so happy to have an expert in my pocket every step of the way.

7 Days In Scotland – Our Photo Story

This past week we’ve been off adventuring in Scotland! Instead of my usual blogs, I wanted to share some photos from our trip and save them as a memory of such a special time. My father-in-law is here with us doing his first big overseas trip in over 25 years and one of his top requests was to see Scotland – a place he’s never been and always wanted to see.

I set about planning the perfect road trip and was over the moon when I discovered Watch Me See, a Scotland travel blog. Kathi’s The Best of Scotland in One Week (A complete 7-Day Itinerary) was PERFECT and I’m pleased to report a total winner of a trip. My father-in-law had a blast and I was so happy to have an expert in my pocket every step of the way.

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Synesthesia art: The perfect bridesmaid gift

Synesthesia art: The perfect bridesmaid gift

Having these amazing women around me, projecting calm and taking a no-nonsense approach to problem-solving, kept me on track and made any potential problems disappear before they even began.

I spent so long scrolling through etsy looking for the perfect gifts for everyone involved in our wedding. And it was such a challenge to find the perfect present for such a diverse group of people on such a special day for us all!

Synesthesia art: The perfect bridesmaid gift

Having these amazing women around me, projecting calm and taking a no-nonsense approach to problem-solving, kept me on track and made any potential problems disappear before they even began.

I spent so long scrolling through etsy looking for the perfect gifts for everyone involved in our wedding. And it was such a challenge to find the perfect present for such a diverse group of people on such a special day for us all!

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New to the archive – April 2019

New to the archive – April 2019

I can’t believe that we’re already a third through 2019! It’s been beautiful here in the studio as spring light streams in to brighten the paints and my spirits. Each year spring brings so much new energy and I have been channelling this into my #The100DayProject of #100songsincolour, commissions and a massive studio spring clean.

On the blogs, I’ve shared about my #The100DayProject on Day 0 and Day 28. These pieces are purely abstract and a totally new style to explore.

New to the archive – April 2019

I can’t believe that we’re already a third through 2019! It’s been beautiful here in the studio as spring light streams in to brighten the paints and my spirits. Each year spring brings so much new energy and I have been channelling this into my #The100DayProject of #100songsincolour, commissions and a massive studio spring clean.

On the blogs, I’ve shared about my #The100DayProject on Day 0 and Day 28. These pieces are purely abstract and a totally new style to explore.

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#The100DayProject Update – Day 28

#The100DayProject Update – Day 28

This year I’m completing #The100DayProject and I can’t believe that we’re already at Day 28. It has been such a rewarding and challenging experience and I’ve been so happy to share it with you all on Instagram and Facebook.

I’m well on my way to painting 100 synesthesia artworks in 100 days and I’ve been taking the opportunity to experiment with new styles and mediums. Working abstractly, I’m making my way from 100 to 1 on The Rolling Stone’s ‘The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far’.

#The100DayProject Update – Day 28

This year I’m completing #The100DayProject and I can’t believe that we’re already at Day 28. It has been such a rewarding and challenging experience and I’ve been so happy to share it with you all on Instagram and Facebook.

I’m well on my way to painting 100 synesthesia artworks in 100 days and I’ve been taking the opportunity to experiment with new styles and mediums. Working abstractly, I’m making my way from 100 to 1 on The Rolling Stone’s ‘The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far’.

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Sounds of the Earth – Earth Day 2019

Today is Earth Day and I wanted to celebrate with some of my favourite sounds of the earth! We are so lucky to have a home as diverse and joyful as this gorgeous planet and Earth Day focuses on encouraging people to take action to protect the species of our planet and the ecosystems that support them and us.

People often assume my synesthesia is connected to music only, but I actually see colours for all sounds! From typing on my keyboard, to the sound of the ocean, every sound has a colour profile that is totally unique.

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.

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.

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’.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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