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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

insta-art: two canvasses at once!

insta-art: double canvasses

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i thought i'd share not one but two of my recent colourful canvasses i created! i actually created four all together, but i've broken them down into pairs so that the blog post doesn't run wild and run away with me! above you can see the blank canvasses (two canvas boards this time), ready to receive all of the artistic goodness i can muster!

first layers of paint
first layers of paint - i love just dotting out the paint all over and using my brayer to get an effect and a pattern i like. it's official - i love my brayer!

collaging first steps
collaging first steps - playing dress up with papers before fixing my papers with gel medium.

collaging first steps

collaging first steps
once i'm happy with the layout i glue in place using my gel medium.

collaging first steps
i'm loving my doilies and inking them up to match the colours of my canvasses.

time for some inks!
time for some inks! i am loving my stencils and colour shine inks.

time for some inks!
you can see my all-important cup of tea in the background there!

time for some inks!
i let the inks dry for a good while - encouraging them a little with the embossing heat gun.

adding my girl
i collaged on my girl using my gel medium and added some tim holtz words to her (find your treasure). i also added a flower into her hair.

adding my girl
i decided to turn this canvas before adding my girl, just on a whim but i do like it.

adding my girl
i added some little blue flowers to her dress and some more words - embrace your dreams!

more elements added
more elements added - a border of material scallops i inked up to tie in with the colour scheme.

time for stamping!
time for stamping! i added the mantra look within.

time for stamping!
for this one i added some india arie lyrics - just do you. love them!

and here's the finished girl! you can buy her (if you'd like to) over in my store as an original here and as a downloadable art print here.

and here's my other finished girl! you can view and buy here as an original here and as a downloadable art print here.


i hope you enjoyed this little peek into my process.


have a fantastic day people!



Tuesday, 22 April 2014

scenes from ireland

scenes from ireland

hey there people and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever in the world you may be. today i thought i'd share with you some of my pictures from my travels in ireland this week. i spent time in and around dublin, visiting glendalough and newgrange and seeing some gorgeous scenery on the way.

scenes from ireland
glendalough is beautiful, with gorgeous surroundings, nice walks and lovely old buildings to spy.

scenes from ireland
the ducks seem happy there anyway!

scenes from ireland

scenes from ireland
we looked around the old monks round tour, which has been there for centuries. the graveyard itself is very old too (as you can see from these leaning stones) but it was a poignant and atmospheric place to spend a sunny day in.

scenes from ireland
another of our trips took us out to the river boyne and newgrange. this is an ancient passage tomb which lay undiscovered for centuries and was discovered by accident when roads were being dug up. it is in fact older than stonehenge!

scenes from ireland
it is contained in beautiful surroundings, and we were blessed with another wonderful day for it. it was amazing to be able to experience something so ancient and mysterious.

scenes from ireland

i hope you enjoyed this little peek into our trip over here. we're having a wonderful time and enjoying the opportunity to relax.

what have you been up to during easter week? anything interesting?

i hope you've been having a wonderful time anyway.


have a great day lovelies!



Monday, 21 April 2014

Creativity & Listening To Your Inner-Child


Title: Faerie Grove. When I arrived at this spot I thought, Faeries must live here!
Title: Faerie Grove. When I arrived at this spot I thought, “Faeries must live here!”


Last Sunday morning, my inner–7-year-old woke me up very early.“Time to play,”_ she practically yelled in my ear.“Weeee….Leeeet’s GO!”

We’d been planning to spend the day at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – a majestic natural playground in gorgeous Sonoma County, California. It was an amazing spring day – clear blue skies & sunshine galore.

I grabbed my camera Ollie (my handsome Olympus EM–5), threw on my 5-finger Vibram shoes & headed out.

I’m a nature photographer. But really? I’m an artist & a devotee of my inner child. I follow my bliss by allowing my intuition & play to emerge. And I cherish every moment of it.

But it wasn’t always that way…


I’m going to turn 46 this summer & up until a few years ago, my entire life revolved around taking care of others & being a responsible adult. My inner-child was pretty much always mad at me because I constantly pushed the creative urges away.

When I was a small child, my artist mother had a nervous breakdown, which meant she suffered debilitating depression for most of my childhood. She moved us around the city of Los Angeles a lot & I regularly spent time at my grandparent’s house. Life was really serious & often very sad.

And when I grew up, the same ‘me take care of you’ pattern continued…. until it didn’t.

Creativity and my inner child


Healing my relationship with my inner-child changed all that. It allowed me to access creativity that I didn’t even know was there.

My inner child couldn’t be more different than grown-up Cheryl with her ‘me take care of you’ pattern. My inner child…

  • Laughs out loud with a hilarious cackle
  • Likes to be VERY spontaneous
  • Sees everything with a beginners mind
  • Sees faeries and gnomes under every rock & tree
  • Believes 100% that life is all play & NO work (we’re working on that)


Title: Divine Alchemy. Sonoma Creek Waterfalls photographed at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County, CA.

Title: Divine Alchemy. Sonoma Creek Waterfalls photographed at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County, CA.


As soon as I arrived at the trailhead, I heard the roar of the waterfall below call to me like a lion to her cub. And with my camera bag safely secured around my back & tripod in hand, I took off!

Light on my feet, I climbed downward as if I was taking part in a dance I intuitively understood. I was reminded of the fabulous creative footwork of the Brazilian soccer team at the World Cup.

“Yippppiieeee!”my inner-child bounced & hopped in bliss.


Title: Serendipity. One of the first photos I made on this day.

Title: Serendipity. One of the first photos I made on this day.


When I arrived, I felt the cool breeze coming off the falls caress my face. The trail had led me to an enchanted wonderland & her name was Mother Earth.

And in that moment, I felt like the luckiest soul alive.

I took some time to honor the nature Spirits around me, speaking an out loud & excited“HELLO!”, an important part of my creative ritual before making photographs.

I waved to the massive rock forms, whose faces I could see smiling back at me.

Acknowledging the world around me from a completely child-like place opens the conversation to a deeper communication between the seen & unseen world. It strips away all the ‘responsible Cheryl’ adult filters, leaving a world of pure magic.

And it’s the way I access my creativity.


Title: Heart Chakra. Fine art print made in creative collaboration with nature.

Title: Heart Chakra. Fine art print made in creative collaboration with nature.


After spending time photographing the area, I laid down on the rocks below, reaching my arms & legs away from my body for a nice deeeeeep stretch.

Feeling gratitude & treasuring the scene above, I grabbed Ollie & made a photo of the tree canopy overhead.

I instantly thought of my expansive feeling heart, the color green & named the above photo, “Heart Chakra.”


Me & my inner-7-year-old relaxing at the foot of the falls. Together we thanked the sentient beings around us & blew them kisses.

Me & my inner–7-year-old relaxing at the foot of the falls. Together we thanked the sentient beings around us & blew them kisses.




I’m Cheryl – a nature photographer & a storyteller for grown-ups who cherish the outdoors. But really? I’m an artist & a devotee of my inner child. Learn more about me & see my fine art prints here.