Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops-at all

And sweetest-in the Gale-is heard

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm

I've heard it in the chillest land

And on the strangest sea

Yet-never-in extremity,

it asked a crumb-of me.

-Emily Dickinson

Someone I admire on instagram (@darby.lahger) posted this poem the other day and I loved it so much I had to share it with you.

It reminds me that whatever storms come my way, the little bird called hope is still there.

I'm fortunate to believe that my little bird hasn't had to weather many storms. That's not to say I haven't had many trying times, but that I am a believer in hope and seeing positivity quite quickly once the last drop of rain and the last wisp of wind has passed.

My little bird is quite robust at the moment - I have hope and belief that this venture into professional artist status will progress and grow. I'm not sure which way it will take me, but I'm enjoying crossing that line and have found that it was a natural thing to do.

So, depending how you view this side of me, this is either the next step or the start line. Whichever it is, as usual I have lots going on, and I'd like to tell you about these various opportunities that I am grateful to be involved in.


Newspaper article and extension of the 'Support and Friendship' artwork:

My 16ft mural 'Support and Friendship' is finally in it's home and it looks great there. I gave an assembly to the students to discuss how the piece was produced and to unveil the artwork. Following on from that, an article will be in local newspapers to say how it came to be.

I enjoyed working on this piece so much, that I have started to produce a trio of (much smaller!) artworks. Watch this space for progress and final photos of them.


'My Ability' exhibition as part of Chelmsford City Council's Discovery Festival:

I will be collating artwork from students for an exhibition called 'My Ability' as part of Chelmsford City Council's 'Discovery Festival' (2nd-8th December)



which coincides with the U.N's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.


I have collated artwork by students before and it gives me great pride and happiness in seeing their efforts praised by others.


En Plein Air painting at Lauriston Farm:

Next Saturday I will be taking part in a really exciting project. Anybody that knows me will know how much I love farms, which is why me and my partner Geoff decided to take the opportunity to become members of community led Lauriston Farm. Next Saturday I will be taking part in an en plein air painting day. The colours we use in our artworks will feed into the colours that the Lauriston Farms sheep's wool will be dyed, to become a tweed! The sheep are rare breed sheep called 'North Ronaldsey sheep'. They are lovely as you can see in my photo, and you can read about them here:



Bearded Gypsy Trade Fayre:

Last on this particular list of happenings I am involved in, is the wonderful 'Bearded Gypsy Christmas Trade Fayre'.

I will be selling my punky colouring book (also available on amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/RebelRebel-Colouring-Global-Doodle-Gems/dp/8772010371) ,

my positivity pendants (which have a mirror to reflect negative energy away, and a pocket at the back to wear a crystal and/or affirmation),

crocheted skull jumpers

and some of my artwork.

The Bearded Gypsy Trade Fayres have gone from strength to strength and are now a well-recognised brand to show local artists and crafts people's wares. I can't wait to be involved with all the other lovely stall holders-many of whom I know, and I'm honoured to be amongst them. http://thebeardedgypsyvintageco.com/

So, please come along to have some mulled wine and Christmas cheer with me on 2nd December, and please go and see the wonderful work by the students in the 'My Ability' exhibition at Chelmsford Museum from 2nd December. Thank you!


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