Creativity stuck? Let’s find the way forward

Glorious colours of Autumn

Glorious colours of Autumn

Take that you slugs!

Take that you slugs!

Love in the Mist

Love in the Mist

Sedums are so easy on the eye and low maintenance

Sedums are so easy on the eye and low maintenance

Patio Clematis climbing a rusty obelisk

Patio Clematis climbing a rusty obelisk

The allotment courgettes have been amazing this year.

The allotment courgettes have been amazing this year.

Beautiful peach and pale pink bloom

Beautiful peach and pale pink bloom

Pattern and inspiration everywhere - you just need to look

Pattern and inspiration everywhere – you just need to look

Gorgeous pink rose that has been blooming in the garden all summer long

Gorgeous pink rose that has been blooming in the garden all summer long

Pink delicate Clematis

Pink delicate Clematis

As every creative soul knows, when life becomes difficult, the first thing that seems to happen is the walk to the Studio becomes too long. We can’t seem to find the motivation to feed our artistic self, but find blocks instead – the ironing, the housework, the shopping…. you have your list of excuses and I do too. They go along the line of “I’ve been really busy and had no time to ….(paint/sketch/quilt/make anything). We punish ourselves by avoiding what we truly love because we can’t focus when life has got itself out of sorts.

So, this post, the first for nearly a year, is going to help me fast-track myself back into my Studio to start producing something. And Im hoping that you, dear reader and fellow creative being, will keep me company along the way. Post a comment, share your own artistic blocks, fears, and joys alongside mine. Let’s get back into the Studio together and find joy in creativity once again.

Inspiration – Colour, shape, texture, in fact all the key design elements are sitting there in the garden and on the allotment.  Yesterday, a visit from my lovely friend, artist Gerry Rooney, helped inspire me to take photos of some of my flowers in bloom. She admired some of my kitchen displays, grabbed my camera and snapped away, pointing out to me that its more important to be impulsive than to need to spend hours on ‘setting the scene/using light boxes/hours waiting for the right light’. This is, after all, the work of a moment! I had fun, we had fun and it inspired me to show some to you too.

Glorious Orchids!

How many pieces of Original Art do you own? Too pricey? Not this – One of my most inspired still life pieces – A delightful bowl of orchids painted with vibrant acrylics, a dash of gold and highlights of colourful stitch. Size 50 x 70cm. Sale price £100 – nearly 1/3rd of the original price!!!!Continue Reading

Pre-Christmas Sale Day 2!

Day 2 of my Studio artworks sale – Poppies Study I – a lovely calm original picture using acrylics, stamping and free-motion machine stitch. Mounted on canvas size 60 x 70cm and ready to hang. Was £295 now £145 plus £20 shipping or free delivery/collection in Warwickshire. Email me to arrange purchase brenboardman@me.com. Oh, andContinue Reading

Pre-Christmas Studio Sale!

I currently have several canvas pieces that would make very nice Christmas gifts for you or a loved one, and Im letting them go at half price! First come, first served!!!  To keep you guessing, I will list one a day for the next few days – today is Poppies Study II – A bigContinue Reading

Summer Paintings in the Shop

After a highly successful Open Studio this Summer, my new paintings been exhibited at the new Deasil Gallery in Leamington Spa. You may not be able to get there, so I’ve added them to my online Shop (go back to the Home Page and click on the Shop icon). I love it when you sendContinue Reading