How art is created? What is an artist’s everyday routine? Where artists get their inspiration? What are the challenges of being an artist and an entrepreneur? As Fran is pondering these and other questions, she is recording her experiences in this blog.

Moving Studio

We didn’t know we were making memories; we just knew we were having fun… A. A. Milne My studio is my sanctuary and haven. It is the place I go

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Life Lessons

“When I consider life, ‘t is all a cheat. Yet fool’d with hope, men favour the deceit; Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay. To-morrow ‘s falser than the former

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Memories are made of this…

Seeing friends’ kids mucking about on the beach in Dymchurch, however, brought back memories of my own childhood visits to Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, the same dark English Channel cold waters…

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For many years I have been visiting Emily Ball at Seawhite for painting courses, but this stopped during the pandemic. Having recently started going again I was reminded of the importance of routine and the well-being benefits I experience as a result.

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There is a time to keep, and a time to cast away, but more than that the act of decluttering allows us the opportunity to revisit and revive long-forgotten memories and reflect on them in our present before letting them go again, making space for new memories and experiences to create additional layers in our lived experience.

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Seeing Guin

We are friends for life. When we are together the years fall away. Isn’t that what matters? To have someone who can remember with you. To have someone who remembers

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"Once an artist is successful, his life is often quite boring".

— Haruki Murakami Killing Commendatore —