Reflections on an exhibition.
After the festival.

Everyday Magic at the National Arts Festival

In my usual jump-all-four-feet-in way, I neglected to ask important questions before setting out from home to put up my work in my allocated exhibition space at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. On second thoughts, that’s not entirely true. I had thought about all sorts of things I might not have considered usually, and believed myself to be properly prepared. Unfortunately my planning had been for an imagined environment, not the space I found myself confronting. Dismayed, I surveyed the large room that had been divided into four separate areas. My space was lined with dingy grey screens of …

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Everyday Magic is going to Grahamstown…

For the first time, this year, I will be exhibiting artwork at the National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown from 28 June to 8 July. The Festival is South Africa’s premier arts event, celebrating the arts in a variety of forms. While the main focus is on theatre, dance and music, visual art has an increasingly strong presence. This year for the first time, there is going to be a digital arts exhibition, Creativate. Not ready for that yet, but maybe next year… I will be exhibiting a range of my work – large and small, paintings and prints …

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Making a space for something new.
Letting New Year’s resolutions make themselves.

This year has been a long and difficult one for me. Albeit with lots of good things and high points. It was a relief to come to the end of the last semester, close my office door, and welcome the holidays. The busyness of Christmas is now over too, and here I am, a month of unplanned days ahead of me, ready for the new… So where to begin? I learnt long ago the value of letting something, especially something of value to me, go. Because, once I let it go, a new space opened up. I remember clearly sitting …

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Use your creativity to heal your pain
Art as therapy

I have just read an article, Healing Trauma by Nanice Ellis, which explained so clearly the background to something I have always believed, and frequently put into practice. That is, art, of any form, can be powerful medicine. Nanice describes how to heal trauma from a karmic perspective, but does not specifically advocate art as a form of therapy. So let me explain myself more clearly. Firstly, I think that, no matter what your spiritual belief system is, the main point in Nanice’s article about healing trauma holds true. Repressing emotional wounds, whether by medication, work, social activities, addictions, or …

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So you want to be creative…
My belief about the nature of creativity

I never stopped to think about whether or not I was creative. Until people started saying things to me like “I wish I was creative like  you” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”. This was usually when they discovered I was a painter. Some people are probably innately more creative than others. But at the same time, if one wants to be creative, or develop one’s creativity, it can be done. Think of young children. When given coloured crayons and paper, they don’t stop to think about whether or not they can, they just draw. Then …

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To paint or write
The dilemma of having creative choices!

Last night I sat down at the table in my studio to write, page open where I had left off earlier, ready for the words to flow. There, on my left, was a huge canvas, taking up most of my studio space. The painting was particularly tempting because it was at a very interesting inbetween stage, starting to develop elements that were crying out for my attention. I needed to write, but last night I wanted to paint. It got me thinking. What is different between painting and writing? Both are forms of creative expression, but sometimes one form works …

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