Saturday, October 29, 2011

Catching up with the creatives

A little bit about me.....for the wonderful course "Raining Umbrellas"...
I am very much a beginner at this, having had to work and re-work my posts a number of times. I want to get the hang of it!
Here goes:

First of all, I need to say that I love this course. Vicki writes beautifully and from the heart, a true artist in her honesty and mastery of her chosen love. I feel so inspired by her and by the students.
I have been trying to keep up with the exercises and assignments, making pages in my journal from cutting and gluing and creating images.
My main problem, I find, is not going off on tangents, and spending time on related,yet other tasks.... Which simply wastes precious time. I am painfully aware that the course will be over soon, and I will lose this exciting new thread of connection to you all over the world.
I do hope we can all somehow stay in touch.

I have been a painter for the past ten years, amongst other things.... I am a mother of three beautiful young people, each one makes me blush with pride. When I left school, I did nursing, which didn't last long (a story for another time :), before I went to live in Amsterdam. After a ten month stay there (2nd story for another time :) I began a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in film and television. 3 years later, I had completed the degree and got married. A few busy happy years followed, and three babies.
I had a small business with my best friend, called Berried Treasures. We had so much fun, painting fabrics and varnishing boxes, we were prolific! We had five children between us, and so many adventures...

I also worked with a well-regarded local artisan, assisting her in screen printing home wares for retail. I learnt a lot from her, she was a gentle soul, who worked hard.

I always was attending art classes and was yearning to become an artist. I imagined myself in overalls(dungarees) standing at a large easel with a paintbrush stuck between my teeth, rubbing and painting away at a large colorful canvas. This image made me so happy! So, I began, tentatively at first, but soon after with much more confidence. I started to sell my paintings, and planned a small exhibition at my brothers house. It was a success!
A year ago, I packed away my paints and got a "serious" job. I felt I had to finally be a bit grown up about my life (many changes having had occurred).

Suffice to say, I cannot feel happy unless I am doing something, creating, pasting, cutting, sticking, colour matching, looking at the design of something, being drawn to form and colour wherever I look. It's simply what I love, and I need to honor that.

Serendipity: how I came to do this course is serendipitous! I was doing something quite Else when I stumbled across Vicki's online course. I had no idea, no expectations or experience of this....and simply had followed my nose towards it.... It's what I do in life pretty Much, follow my heart or my nose!


  1. Hi Sara! Just wandered on over to your blog this morning and found this beautiful post and your wonderful art work! Thank you for all of the very kind things you wrote. :) You have been an inspiration over the last few weeks and it would be awesome if we could keep in touch. xo

  2. Hi Sara! I love seeing the images from your journal, so inspiring and it's so wonderful to learn a bit more about you! I've subscribed to your feed and I'm looking forward to staying in touch after the course!

  3. Me too Jennifer, let's all stay in touch xxx

  4. love your journal!!! the yellow, and the writing, and the vintage envelope… awesome! has been so great meeting and chatting with you lovely ladies :)

  5. Hi Sara, first, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! And second, thank you again, because it led me here, to you beautiful blog. I fell right into it, it is beautifully done and your artwork is right up my alley.

    Isn't RU (and Vicki of course!) wonderful!! Maybe we will meet again some time in Droplets...

    Enjoy :)