Art, life and creativity.

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

Comments 4 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...


Express yourself!

Corrina Rothwell

Comments 2

Self-expression is a phrase that seems to have come into my field of vision quite a few times recently. You know how things do sometimes - you see them once and then they just keep cropping up. I always like to think that there's some reason for that, that it's a kind of message that I should take notice of. That's possibly fanciful crap but I think as human beings we like to find meaning and pattern in what can seem a crazy uncontrolled world. This is the definition of self-expression - - the expression of one's feelings, thoughts, or...