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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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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

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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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