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The following short articles have been taken from my blog (mothballed for the present time). I hope you find them interesting and useful.

How to revive a creative project when it has gone stale
The energy was flowing on my latest project - a children's picture book - when I had to take a week off to go to the city. The city was great, I saw some intriguing art and had a great time with my friends. I arrived home eager to get back to my picture book, but to my dismay I found the energy had gone flat. What to do?... [read more]

Frenetic Haste vs Procrastination
Back at work in my studio, I am aware of an urge to hurry. 'Come on,' cries a voice in my head. 'This is taking too long. Nothing's happening!' Ironically, this exhortation to work quickly, slows me down almost to a stop. The sense of restless impatience makes it impossible to sink into the work, to feel where it wants to go... [read more]

Taming your Perfectionist - the process of Active Imagination
I suppose there must be some people who do not have a perfectionist in their family of archetypes, but I haven't met one yet. The perfectionist comes in many guises: the critic, the judge, the censor, the dictator, the tyrant, the slave-driver, the bully. Each person's perfectionist will have its own flavour. My own is the hard task master... [read more]

The meaning and uses of failure
It is so easy to get stopped in one's tracks by failure. Yet as JK Rowling and many other successful and talented people have pointed out, failure has its own particular benefits and being willing to risk and engage with failure is vital to any creative endeavour... [read more]

Milk Maiden

Discovering the joys of the creative process, learning from wise teachers, routing shadow complexes, the artist's journey is an alchemical one that turns lead into gold and leads to hidden treasure both within and without.

Dipping a toe in the moonlight (detail)