Newly formed and very much needed, The Jewellery Affair brings together small scale jewellery & gem makers, living and creating in Kenya (usually one-man band). From artist jewellers such as myself, to jewellery makers with over 30 years experience, to gemmologosts, gem valuers, and highly skilled lapidarists (gem cutting); The Jewellery Affair provides a platform to pool our resources, visibility, and sheer ability. Together, it can be so much easier.Read More
All is now, uncontainable;
I'm very pleased to have had the honor of being interviewed Sheila Mwanyigha for her show, Sheila Lives Out Loud. Also, this is my first ever video interview! It really was a lot of fun, bringing forward these ideas I cherish so closely.Read More
We're growing and with that, there's a brand new Instagram account!Read More
Exploring the desire to affirm my identity in the wake of depression, the series of images presented in 'I am here' are of a personal nature.Read More
While I had intended to commit to 30 paintings in 30 days, I only managed 12 days. While I may have failed, much has been learned, and my painting experience expanded. Maybe next time, I'll stick to challenge.Read More
... but not a big fail ...
I've been playing around with layering with mixed media to bring out subtly from tightly packed detail drawing. Unfortunately, I went a little overboard with the layering this time, and completely lost a lot of detail I had laid out. Such a shame, it was so yummy!Read More
Hills, valleys, horizons, and the edge of land that meets the sea. These forms come to fore the more I paint; images that remind me of the Scottish highlands (as a friend pointed out). Yet, there is more, and I'm not sure what. I'm curious to see how this unfolds.Read More
As the lines build up, layered, developing this detailed ink technique... I worry; what will this become? I answer, "You already know what you are exploring, technically. Layer the ink, and work with the marks you make as you move along. Build and pay attention to what you create. As for the end result, the more you aim for what you think it is meant to be, the less it will be what it really is. You have learned this of yourself; it is the same with this process."Read More
As I paint, no land was in mind. As my mind grows quiet, and marks more confident, I am surprised to find the terrain take form on this paper. I did not realize this until it was complete. As this skill expands, much to my delight, so does the view of myself.
I don't think this internal terrain will ever be mapped. I think it will remain, in many ways, unknown.Read More
Mindfulness seems to be fast becoming a central aspect to this painting practice. In this, I remind myself not to invalidate anything I feel, and as I allow myself to fully feel, so do I allow myself to paint with confidence. Here I find the process of mindfulness and self-compassion makes for improved mark making, and far more enjoyable sessions! I pretty much never know where I'm heading with a painting, but that's ok. Uncertainty is ok.Read More
Pay attention to how you feel. What do you see?
What does it feel like?
A very happy new year to you!
The holidays are over, and back into our regular flow we go. I'll be kicking off the year with a new project: 30 Paintings, 30 Days. Running concurrently with my jewellery practice, I simply want to satisfy my painting cravings, develop my skills, and nurture more useful approaches.
I’m afraid that you wanted me to be different,
Something in your head,
And not who I am.
You were afraid that I wouldn’t just be,
Face my fear,
And really live.
I’m afraid of what you saw when you saw me,
That you won’t stand with me in the mess of my fear,