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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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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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Recent posts

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

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”.

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”.

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61st Grammy Awards – Record of the Year nominations seen in colour

The Grammy awards are full of colour – elaborate gowns, stage lights and costumes. But did you know the music has colours too? As a synesthete, I experience sound as colour and every song is a unique combination of colours and textures.

Those nominated for a Grammy are no different and are filled with some of the most beautiful colours. I listened to each song and painted the colours that stood out to me the most. Each song, of course, has a huge variety of colours but with these paintings, I wanted to capture a visual snapshot.

New to the archive – January 2019

It was a lovely start to the year here in the studio. This month was characterised by new beginnings and I’ve jumped headfirst into some big goals from 2019.

Every Monday a new article arrived on the blog as well as new additions to the archive each week. Some highlights in the studio this month were the reintroduction of abstract styles to the shop, and some fun sessions painting large scale pieces for collectors.

The emotive art of synesthesia painting

Living with synesthesia gives me a unique way of seeing the world. Everything is a little more colourful, but also a little more stimulating. Instead of just having one sensation, I am gifted with many.

When I hear a sound I experience both the hearing of it, but also the seeing and feeling. I see the colours that the sound creates in the air around me, and I feel the textures of it within my body. The heaviness or lightness of the beat in my chest and arms can feel like a mysterious force out of my control.

Design your perfect Valentine’s Day

I know, I know, you have half a mind to just cancel Valentine’s Day altogether. I feel you. We’ve had some decidedly disappointing Valentine’s Days.

The first Valentine’s Day that my husband and I shared was actually a total bust. He booked a table at a swish degustation in the city and we paid through the nose for something neither of us actually wanted.

We felt totally out of place in the dim lights and cocktail attire. Even though we’d been dating for almost a year we’d apparently never discussed our actual expectations for Valentine’s and what a perfect day would look like for us. If we had we would have known that neither of us liked fancy set menus.

Celebrate your lady friends this Galentine’s Day

What’s Galentine’s Day? Only my new favourite day of the year!

Galentine’s Day is new on the holiday scene but every year it gets more and more popular with colourful brunches, crafts and quotes booming across Pinterest. Created on the show Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope celebrates Galentine’s Day every 13th February.

As Knope explains, “Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies”

How to plan your dream wedding from abroad: Part 1

We got engaged a few months before our move to the UK and knew we’d be away right up until the wedding.

So what was it like planning a wedding from overseas? Well, it definitely required some extra thought. And honestly, some moments were hard. But ultimately, by sticking to these 5 ideas, we were able to plan the day of our dreams.

How to plan your dream wedding from abroad: Part 2

We’re still in full planning mode! Check out the out rest of our top five for planning your dream wedding from abroad.

Our step three? Trust the experts
We absolutely adored working with the vendors that helped with our day. The florists, for example, had a set package for literally all the flowers you could ever need at a fraction of the cost of creating a personalised package.

Our Garden House Wedding: Photo Story

I was so happy to marry my best friend and partner last year and as I’m sure you can see from these photos, it was a joyful day. After a week of watching the weather, the rain passed us by and gave us a cool and moody outdoor ceremony. We had a delicious three-course dinner upstairs in the heritage listed Gardens House and danced the night away on the balcony.

Our photo story shares the whole day.

What’s coming in 2019

To say I’m excited about 2019 would be a bit of an understatement. In a lot of ways, I feel like 2018 passed me by. I shared last week about how 2018 was full of breathtaking highs and some challenging lows. It was also full of life changes – settling into new businesses, a new country, planning a wedding and applying for our spouse visa. More than ever before I felt like life admin was ruling my day. This year, I’m determined to take back control of my studio and my time.

And I’m not going into it with just a resolution and hope, I’ve got labels.

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