30 Days of Creativity

My rules for the next month (and beyond)

  • Draw everyday. I’ve really got out of practise with it and I’m starting to find it a struggle. So I need to sort it out! minimum 30min a day even if it’s just doodling out ideas.
  • Always carry my pencils and sketchbook. I used to do this all the time and draw on the train in coffee shops wherever I was. Always having a sketchbook handy means you can take advantage of your time and get the ideas flowing.
  • Put ink on paper at least once a week. with all these extra drawings I need to make something a little more finished so once a week do something a bit more solid.
  • Hula every other day. I do hoop most days, just gotta make sure I don’t get lazy about it.
  • Yoga everyday, just for 15/30min. I’m going to start-up the ballet again after next week too. All to keep bendy.

On the to do list:

  • Finish the painting I’ve started.
  • Draw and paint a man creature.
  • Finish the costuming.
  • Do my 3 hula shows I have booked this month the best I can.

The performance side of things is my biggest challenge for this month. I’m not as well prepared as I’d like to be, but I’m confident I can pull it off. The show at Risa is my biggest worry, as people have paid money to come and I’m doing it with a friend so if we aren’t in time with each other it could look really bad!

 I’ll keep the blog updated with my progress!


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I’m not calling you a ghost…

I finally managed to make time to do a little paintings. Its just about A5 size, done with acrylic inks. The lyrics are from a Florence and the machine song, I’m building quite a list I to work from. I did sketches that had a ghostly figure entwining her, but I’m not so good at drawing men so I’m coming back to it. There is a line from the song, “There’s a ghost in my lungs and it sighs in my sleep. Wraps itself around my tounge as it softly speaks” which I’ve also be working on. Hopefully now I’ve got a break from my course work I can get back to the important things, like making pictures and dancing.

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A Box of Burlesque – 16th June – Birmingham


I’ll be performing a hoop dance at this event next month. The routine is starting to come together and I have designs for costumes. I’m also working on another show for the 3rd/4th of June. This will be the first time I step on a stage, so no pressure!! This will be a busy month of preparations and promo. I’m planning a test shoot for some promotional design work too. So expect more photos of me playing pin-up.

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Cherry Pop Pin-Up

I wish I could ride around on one of these all the time not just pose for it. Claire Hearne at Cherry Pop Pictures is working on a pin-up project with tattooed ladies on awesome bikes and cars. Here is the shot she took of me. We travelled over to Iron bridge for the shoot and I can tell you it wasn’t a sunny day! Trying not to look cold was a bit of an issue!  I cant wait to see what she does with the other girls.


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Hoop practise: S&M – Rihanna

just me getting silly x

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Forever:Art Inspired by Ink


come into my parlour said the spider to the fly

I was lucky enough to be part of a great exhibition; Forever: Art Inspired by Ink. These are the painting I had on display, all A3 painted in acrylic ink. Pints are avalible. I’ve been trying to move away from my flat block colours and create more depth. I think I’ve made someprogress, but there are a few more things I want to iron out.

Check out Falling Leaves Tattoo for a review of the event. Those boys also displayed some great work. http://fallingleavestattoostudio.blogspot.com/

I’ll update with some of my hula photos from the event too! Yes, I did a little performance. It was a busy night!!

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Hello Mr Wolf…

Julianna Swaney

I love the dull muddy colours in this and his sly look. x

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