a Question, a Challenge & a Gift,

I posted this image on Instagram recently, with the question: what color do you think this painting is? (clue: it isn’t actually grey!)

I posted this image on Instagram recently, with the question: what color do you think this painting is? (clue: it isn’t actually grey!)

At the time I write this to you, no one has guessed. So the challenge remains open: what color do you think it is? 


Comment below, or email me your answer, the first person who guesses the color wins a half price place in my upcoming color adventure: TWELVTY 2018.  Just £48 instead of the usual £97. Lawks!!

Which leads me to the next part of this post, speaking of color adventures:

a Gift for you: “TWELVTY XTRA”

While I was busy in researching color for the TWELVTY program, there was one aspect I came back to with each color, with increasing fascinationthe way that colors behave (and misbehave) in each other’s company.  

It really lit up my imagination.

So much so, I wanted to share some of the magic I uncovered with you. So I’ve created a mini ecourse all about color combining.

What happens:

  • Every day for one week I’ll send a chapter in the story of color combining.
  • The story is illustrated with paintings created using only 2 or 3 colors.
  • I’m looking at combinations you might not have explored before, to open up new ideas.
  • We’ll investigate the mood and memories attached to the colors.
  • I’ll show you exclusive video demonstrations of the process I use to make them.
  • I’ll share some insights I picked up along the way in my adventure around the color wheel.
  • All this is for FREE – for YOU!

Whatever your creative field – be it painting, art journaling, photography – home decoration or cake decoration – digital, textile, film or fashion – there’s something here for you!

Sign up here and I’ll email you as soon as it’s available later in the month:

Your email is utterly safe to me. I’ll send you a little welcome note with my ebook all about color. You’re welcome to unsubscribe at any time.

a braid of ideas

A three ply art project in the making:

This is my Inktober inspired Sketchbook Project for Twelvty 2018: Three ideas smooshed together between the covers of a 5 x 7 inch book which will be the springboard into a new adventure for next year.


……..this is a story that began in July……..

Part One: The Sketchbook Project


The Sketchbook Project is just as the name suggests. It’s a collaborative art project, and it’s enormous. It’s 36,130 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries over 11 years. In 2018 it will contain at least one more, and that will be my one. 

My book arrived in the mail on Monday 31 July, straight away I set to work on doodling a first page with my initial thoughts and ideas:


Contented that I’d made my first mark, I set the book aside while I waited for the ideas to formulate. Then I got sick, and was away from my life for a while. The up-side to hospital-strength pain relief is that although I wasn’t able to create anything for a while, the visual ideas flooding my brain were far beyond what my usual imagination can conjure, and I’ve still got a solid grasp on what I saw inside my head.

Yes, they were colourful. (more on that in part three).

………. now let’s fast forward to September……….


Part two: Inktober

Inktober is an annual ink drawing challenge held online every October. Again, the clue is in the title.

I was dithering as to whether I’d participate this year, historically I’ve been rubbish at commitment. Is this a good reason not to play along? That’s what I was pondering on n off through September.

Until I hit upon the way my three ideas perfectly fit together. 

Ink drawings are the scaffolding for the content of my sketchbook project – the top layer of which I’ll explain in part three  – combining to make real what my muddled little opiated brain saw in hospital. And leading me into a project I’m planning for 2018!



…………. now fast forward to October 1st……..

Today began page one of the sketchbook, #inktober doodle number one, a commentary on my thought process as the project reveals itself to me. It’s all quite meta. 
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(you can see daily progress here on Instagram…. )

Black and white drawings are all well and good, as they form the scaffolding for the content of my sketchbook, but in order for it to be ‘me’ it needs some color, right? Of course it does.

……. Which brings me to ……

Part three: TWELVTY 2018

Twelvty is the environment in which almost all my art has evolved this year:  With each month a new color – as conveniently there are 12 colors in the color wheel if you count the tertiaries (which are by far my favs) – this perfectly fits one year.

complementary colors: opposites in the color wheel
complementary colors: opposites in the color wheel

An aspect of this color wheel journey I’ve enjoyed exploring more deeply this year is the ways that each color fits in amid its neighbours; how they interact. How they dance.

I’ve developed a real fascination with balancing the pairs and groups of colors – the complementaries, the triadic groups…

This is something I intend to explore more thoroughly in a second variation of Twelvty in 2018.

This is also the way I plan to add color to the Inktober doodlings in the sketchbook project book.


The Plan:

So there we have it: The doodles and drawings of Inktober will form the structure of my vision for the sketchbook.

In November I’ll add the colours, which will be the pairs and threesomes of color theory illustrating the beauty of the color wheel.

This in turn will be the visualisation of a new program all about color balancing for the new year.



I’ll tell you more about these 2018 incarnations of Twelvty at a future date. Meanwhile I’ve got important doodles to do!

Be sure to get on my mailing list if you’re even a little bit interested in finding out more about TWELVTY 2018 cos there’ll be special deals for folks on my list!

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