Autumn Equinox and Creativity


The Autumn Equinox was yesterday, and surrounding it is the harvest time for the hard work put in for the year.

As an artist I work very much on a creative cycle that corresponds with the seasons. It is no surprise then that I have been winding down my work with deadlines and taking stock of my achievements for the year. I have been slowing down in productivity since the first week of September when I took a 8 night camping holiday in North Norfolk – such a peaceful and beautiful area.

“Autumn is the time of harvesting – so use this time to assess the work you’ve done so far and consider your way forward. Is it ready to harvest? Or will it need another year or more? Does it need pruning, reshaping, rethinking? Do you need to put it aside for a while to allow it to ferment?” © Elsa Neal

In short the creative yearly cycle looks like this:

  • SPRING: Fresh / New ideas / Coming to Life / Blossom
  • SUMMER: New Growth / High Energy / Consistency / Productive
  • AUTUMN: Fruit Bearing / Nourishing / Results of Labours
  • WINTER: Rest / Reflection / Conservation of Energy / Recharge / Planning

The Midnight Tree ©Deborah Burrow

I have reviewed the amount of work I have produced this year so far, and I can mark many achievements including:

  • Publishing “Whispers of the Landscape” book
  • Having a bumper Suffolk Open Studios month and making many new contacts
  • Creating over 30 artworks ready for sale, at a consistent high quality
  • Opening “SilverWrenGifts” online shop with artisan jewellery and artworks
  • Taking part in exhibitions in 6 galleries over the year, amounting to 10 shows by end of 2016
  • Short listed for “Pigs Gone Wild” (high profile fundraising project)
  • Lead workshops and demonstrations

There are of course many other little achievements that weave in and out of the year of the artist, and mine have kept me going and increased my self belief in what I do.

Using the creative seasons as a backbone to my yearly creative life reassures me that I am always on the right track, and that I don’t have to be beavering away in the studio all day, all year to achieve lots. I am grateful for the seasons as they give me the essential time to think, reflect and produce.

As I write this I am finishing off my batch of new paintings for the Cambridge Contemporary Art Winter Show ready to deliver in the first week of October. Once that is done, and a few new paintings delivered to the Hunter Gallery in Long Melford, I am released from deadlines!

During the next 3 months I will continue painting, but with a more relaxed attitude. I will also be putting the finishing touches to my next book, “10 Steps to Being the Artist YOU Want to Be”. My father will be helping me conclude the final edit. I will be doing all the illustrations myself, but in ink, which I find enjoyable.

And I can also divulge in painting found objects like pebbles, feathers etc. I will show you these in the next blog.

With Warm Autumnal Wishes



Time Stands Still…

Hello from sunny England. We’ve had such a good summer for a change! It has meant that I’ve not worked during the hot hours of the day and caught up in the evening instead. But I’ve had a whale of a time taking advantage of my friend’s pool to keep cool and refreshed. Sitting on an inflatable ring floating in a pool in the sun does feel like time stops for a while! Very blissful🙂

I do have 2 new paintings to show you, “Tranquility VI” and the first of a new series entitled, “Spanish Quietude”.

“Spanish Quietude” is inspired by the amazing landscapes I experienced whilst staying in the Spanish mountains in the Almeria region the 2 times I’ve been over in the last year. Its such a beautiful and peaceful place. I wanted to capture the heat of the land up in the mountains, the absence of surface water as it’s so dry, and the distant bluey purple mountains.

Apart from painting I have opened up a new shop online which has stock of my new 2017 calendars, copies of the Whispers of the Landscape book, and some artisan jewellery made by yours truly.


Calendar 2017




This is just 4 of the pendants available. These pendants are made with resin set in a silver plated tray and come with a sterling silver snake chain. I love the colours and the painterly effect. New ones are being added all the time – just making some heart shaped ones at the moment – and they are very affordable. They will make lovely gifts. SilverWrenGifts

I will soon have paintings available to buy from my website too. The webpage takes a little while to get right, so bear with me!

That’s all for now folks.

Keep smiling!






Working in Series

I thought I’d write about working in series today. You may have already noticed that I work in series, but I’ve never really talked about them much before.

Working is series is something that I enjoy. I don’t always plan to paint in series until I’ve painted one that I instinctively know will work as a series. The first one always has to be right! For example, with The Elegant Birches series, the first one came out so well, and sold so quickly that it was obvious it was going to be the start of a new series.

When I work in series, I use a title with numbers (in the order I paint them). The basic theme of the title is present in each painting. I may change the colours, or something else, and I only ever work up to seven paintings in a series. It seems such a good number for me, and I like to think that series is limited, and therefore more collectible.

Here are the three series that are now complete. (These series can take years to complete. The Elegant Birches only took a year, but the Where We Walked paintings started in 2009!)
In the images below the paintings begin with the most recent painting first. Enjoy!

The Elegant Birches series:

The Elegant Birches series

You can see them in more detail here;


Midwinter Tree series:

Midwinter Tree series

You can see them in more detail here;


Where We Walked series:

Where We Walked Series

You can see them in more detail here;

R’n’R and Back to the Easel

Hi there

After a very busy time during May and June,  I had a couple of weeks rest and recuperation. One week was camping with my husband on the North Norfolk Coast (one of our favourite places to relax). When we returned, the intense heatwave week struck, with temps up to 33.5○C,  and I was ‘forced’ to spend time in my friends pool! But as usual, the Intense English Heatwave is short lived, and now I’m back at the easel. It’s still lovely and warm so I can spend time having tea-breaks in the garden🙂

For the month of August I will have 12 paintings in a gallery new to me, The Suffolk Living Gallery in Felixstowe.
Suffolk Living 2016 flyer

Meanwhile, there are still artworks in other galleries (see exhibitions page).

I am also working a commission, and on a new batch of artworks ready for exhibitions later in the year. I will be back soon to show you some new paintings.

Enjoy the sun!


Ink Illustrations

Whilst Suffolk Open Studios has been in progress, I have been spending some time doing some ink illustrations for a new exhibition.

Here are my Phantasmagorical Animals🙂 Enjoy!

Suffolk Open Studios 2016

Well, we are nearly ready to open our artist hub’s doors at the weekend! Here are a few snaps taken to whet your appetite!

There are a few new artworks of mine appearing here, and at the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. Here is a sample:

I am now working on a new set of paintings, of which I will share with you soon.

Meanwhile, keep happy and I hope to see you at our Open Studio event.

Busy as a Bee…

Ah…at last summer is here. I am really working hard and enjoying lovely tea breaks in the garden!

As you know Suffolk Open Studios is approaching fast and I am nearly ready for it. Lots of painting, mounting of small works, prints, greeting cards, postcards, glass mosaics and more is coming together all ready to be packaged up to transport to the studio. I can’t wait!

Promo Postcard 2016

Alongside this flurry of activity, I am putting the finishing touches to the book. The cover is in the hands of designers, and the foreword has just been written by the lovely Jacqui Malpass.  The book is being launched at the Suffolk Open Studios and will be available to buy and have personally signed.

I’m also finishing off a body of work to be delivered to the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery next month. Its going to be a great Summer Exhibition.

I will be back soon with some new paintings to show you.

Meanwhile, enjoy the sun!