Art, life and creativity.

Let's get engaged!

Corrina Rothwell

Tags 2018, business goals, dream plan do, engagement, planning

This year I've decided that it's about time I took the business side of my business a little bit more seriously. I'm doing this with the help of a mighty planner called Dream Plan Do written by the truly inspirational Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust. It's more like a therapy session for your whole life than a business planner – but that's what makes it so good. As a self-employed creative you ARE your business, so it makes sense that you should pay equal attention to your life as to your business. One of the exercises in the planner is to choose my WORD for...


There was an old man with a beard.....

Corrina Rothwell

Tags Book of Nonsense, childhood, daftness, Edward Lear, humour, inspiration, limericks

I don't remember much about what used to make me laugh as a kid. The Goodies made me laugh, I do remember that. And I also remember that one of my absolute favourite books was Edward Lear's 'Book of Nonsense' which I can only assume I found amusing back then, even if I don't remember laughing at it. Edward Lear's illustrated limericks had a profound effect on me and have been perhaps the biggest influence on my own work to date. The combination of sheer silliness and the spiky, off-kilter drawings have been a constant presence in my mental creative...


Have wings, will fly....

Corrina Rothwell

Tags drawing, flying, metaphor, personal development, self-sabotage, therapy, wings

In a previous life as a textile artist I used to make a lot of pictures which reflected the personal and emotional struggles that I was experiencing. They were turbulent times for me and that was bound to be reflected in my work. The interesting thing is that, although many of my images were quite dark and disturbing, people responded really positively to them and actually bought them to have on their walls. The reasons why people buy those kinds of pictures are fascinating to me too but that's a topic for a different day. Anyway, I was reminded of...


A blog post about not writing blog posts....

Corrina Rothwell

Tags blog posts, perfectionism, procrastination, writing

I find it so hard to write blog posts. At least, that's what I tell myself. I'm not entirely certain if I do find it difficult, or if I just find the idea of it difficult. I think a lot. My mind is always churning away, and quite often I think 'oh, that'd be a good thing to write about'. Sometimes I even write the idea down somewhere that I'll never find it again, with the intention of coming back to it at a later stage. Let's look at that again. I FIND IT SO HARD TO WRITE BLOG POSTS....


How my new custom cat paintings came about....

A few months ago, desperate to get away from the computer and to get my hands dirty with some painting, I bought some 6 inch square painting panels and primed them lovingly. However, I didn't have the foggiest what to paint - I was in urgent need of a subject and my brain wasn't offering any up! I'd been watching this great video online of a kitten watching a horror movie, you may have seen it yourself - the range of expressions on its face was utterly wonderful! Ah ha! I thought, there's my subject!  So I found some pictures...

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