Penfriends Creative Studio
Open mind, creative mind

In the past year or so, Iike so many people around the world, recalibrating my life style. 

My studio has moved upstairs with all the materials I am likely to need. I thought that I might run out of paper, but its seems that I'd saved enough to survive a major lockdown for a number of years.

As I rarely go out to shop the internet has become my friend. I look forward to deliveries like a child looks forward to their birthday and anticipate the opening with much anticipation. 

I've been able to experiment and create in a space which is filled with colour and favourite things.

I've completed several online courses and became an Art Life-Skills facilitator which was really an extension of what I've been doing for many years.

A Poetry writing course presented by Douglas Kearney of the California Institute of Arts was one of the most entertaining teachers I've 'met'. His creative teaching recalibrated my mind and stimulated my writing. I wish I'd had someone like him at school. His explanations of parts of speech and sound had me laughing out loud. 

I participating in a 2 month writing Zoom-a-long with Natalie Goldberg while getting used to 2000 participants it became another highlight of the year and a few people from around the world joined together to form an informal writer's group which was interesting and stimulating.
'All' she did was suggest that we 'show up' to write every day, even if it's for an hour. That is what a friend of mine and I do. 

No critiquing, no judgement, just listening and reading. A wonderful release.

I still teach but remotely and I've had special times with students as we've juggled power outages, dud cameras and sound. 

There has been a wonderful mind-shift for me and below are some images which inspire.