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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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Tips for sharing the studio with your partner

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!

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!

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Painting your piece

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!

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!

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Sketching synesthesia art

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. 

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

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.

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.

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New to the archive – January 2019

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.

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.

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The emotive art of synesthesia painting

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.

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.

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Synesthesia and the colour of murder

Last month I was excited to be invited to participate in a podcast celebrating the release of the talented Sarah J. Harris’ debut novel The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder. And a pretty spectacular debut it’s been with critical and popular acclaim in no short supply! Sarah’s book traces the story of a young boy who has synesthesia and face blindness, and whose experience of sound and colour unravels the events behind a shocking murder.

I travelled down to London from York and met Sarah in Covent Gardens to give her the full experience of synesthesia in such an iconic place.

Watercolours in 19th Century Vienna

One of the perks of marrying a historian is getting to visit the wonderful places he travels for research. This month we headed to Vienna for some quality research time at the Austrian archives. Austria is pretty notorious for having limited opening hours and as the archives were closed on a Friday, I was drafted in as a research assistant to photograph the stacks of documents Kurt was going over. It was AMAZING.

Vienna is a beautiful city and while we were there yellow ochre buildings saturated in the bright light made for a perfect early spring.

The evolution of Taylor Swift

Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift is an icon of current pop culture. Her music is the soundtrack to major events, the media we consume and importantly, to meaningful memories for millions of people. Memories of dancing and singing with friends, of feeling love struck and heartbroken.

It’s not a surprise that the colours and sounds of Swift’s singles have changed over the last decade. She’s moved from chart topping country music to chart topping pop and while her voice remains a point of reference across the music, the way she uses it, and the production she builds her songs with, has changed significantly.

Painting with Holbein Watercolours

Blog Painting with Holbein Watercolours Holbein Watercolor is a beautiful dream for any colour lover.  With an exceptional selection of vibrant, steadfast colour my collection continues to grow. When my earliest set of paints were running out a few years ago I felt a...

Danielle + Geoff

I am always so excited when I paint a wedding song. When someone contacts me to ask for their first dance, the song that was playing whilst they said yes or that cheeky one that reminds them of how lucky they are it just, gets me painting!

Why I quit my day job to become a full-time artist

With my discovery of synesthesia, I was compelled to create artwork that reflected this experience. I wanted so much to be able to point to a piece and say ‘this is what I mean when the chorus is red’.

What is it like to have synesthesia?

I was perplexed, if so few people shared this experience then why were the blues called the blues? How could this never come up? Is this real or am I imagining it?

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