Why do we enjoy pattern so much?

Pattern is pleasing to the eye and mind. It is stimulating and predictable. Our enjoyment of pattern is explained by Gestalt psychology and theory as it relates to art and design. By nature, we automatically group like elements, simplify complexity, and impose meaning and  order. This calms the mind because the environment becomes knowable and […]

How kind are you to yourself?

When last did you give yourself time to simply do what you most want to do? What if you think about what you really want to do as being vitally nourishing, rather than self-indulgent? What if it changes your life? Have you ever just stopped? Whispered “I can’t anymore…”. Gently withdrawn, and simply walked away? […]

Stages of the journey

I haven’t had much time for art over the past couple of weeks. Feel my artist identity sliding off my face like a melting mask! You’re only it while you keep doing it. Don’t want to go backwards. Experience has taught me not to panic though, and to be compassionate with myself. What I want […]

Grow towards the light

Throughout our lives, as we respond to our changing circumstances and strive to fully express ourselves, we are shaped into interesting characters. We have the ability to make subtle internal shifts and change our course, just like a cactus that unrelentingly grows towards the light.

Tap into your creative essence

Creativity Workshop Date: Saturday 30th October Time: 10am – 1pm Cost: R350 (Excluding materials) Venue: Online using Zoom Hosted by: Indigogreen ( What is unique about this creativity workshop? Many people experience a lot of anxiety, and even torment, relating to the creative process. I have come to realise that it doesn’t have to be […]

Sparking ideas

Everything you do is something. And you never know where it will take you. Piles of journals and heaps of ideas trickling gently as a stream into a powerful river, into a mighty ocean.  In this montage, I overlaid some rough exploration onto sections of finished artwork to show how these elements were reinterpreted. See […]

Devotion leads to direction

I think all artists know the importance of finding a unique direction in our work. There’s a sense of calmness and reassurance that comes through forging your own path. And the work also becomes your compass in life. Your commitment – devotion – to it guides your decisions. My direction fairly recently became clear. It […]

What are your art making struggles?

I started my business, and am developing courses and content, with the aim of helping artists in their struggles with everything related to the artmaking process. By this I mean the stuff around the actual art that is made (or not made). When we teach or study art – formally or informally – we tend […]

Release your potential

While in a contemplative state, I sometimes like to just gaze at an artwork. My artworks communicate to me in so many ways, with a relevant message for each moment. Today I was reminded that you cannot hold on forever. You need to risk and release. May this be true for you this week. With […]

Coming into focus

Lately, I’ve been feeling that… I don’t know enough. Don’t do enough. Am not enough. These are familiar feelings. Fear has chased your dreams away. And magic had to escape from control. I crave simplicity. This photograph that I took a few years ago speaks to these feelings. It reminds me to quietly sit and […]