Tulip fields and starry starry nights

We recently hopped over to Holland for a friends wedding (which was absolutely beautiful!) and a little backpacking adventure. Safe to say we ate the best pancakes we have ever had and sat in some very nice little pubs and even a windmill brewery. Sometimes there is nothing better than a weekend away with some of the people you love, knowing that the only necessary tasks in hand are 1) Find good food 2) Find good drink 3) Find good view. And happily it was very easy to find all of the above in one nice little slanted canal side dwelling.

Obviously one of the highlights of Amsterdam for me was the flower market. Buckets and buckets of beautiful tulips, roses and lilies all perfectly presented in rich colours. I wanted to paint everything there and then!

Amsterdam flower market
Amsterdam flower market

Another huge highlight was the Van Gogh museum which I thought was exceptional. Never having been a huge fan of “the Sunflowers” and therefore Van Gogh (sorry!) I didn’t anticipate being that taken back. But what a brave guy artistically. We talk about knowing and building your brand (which is really important!) But we can be scared to try anything stylistically different for fear of straying from our brand. Van Gogh seemed to try it all, and still achieve an end piece that was unmistakably his own “brand”. Such a great variety of styles and compositions.

I love how pleased he was with his masterpiece – even if its not my favourite – where some of his work remained unsigned perhaps because he wasn’t pleased with it, his signature is right in the middle of the sunflowers painting, in BIG red letters. It makes you think that little bit harder about what you’re doing, because dont we all really want to create something that makes us so pleased we want to write our name in huge red letters across it!?

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More colour please!

March is almost here can you believe it?! February has proved to be a busy month full of all kinds of goings on, some good, some not so great. I’ve been really glad to have an exciting painting commission to work on, something that pushes my boundaries and has made me feel more creative than I’ve felt in quite a while. Think explosions of colour, lush trees, rolling hills and crazy foxes running around. I always felt like paintings were like outfits, the “pick three colours maximum” rule. But in nature there’s no such thing as clashing colours! You never see a field full of poppies and foxgloves, Iris, wild orchids, dandelions and daisies and think “woah too much colour”. So I’m experimenting with using every colour I have in the paintbox to create crazy colourful meadows that you want to find and spread out your picnic blanket.

Really glad to see this one go to a beautiful home earlier this month.
Really glad to see this one go to a beautiful home earlier this month.

In other news this month, i’ve been enjoying very much my little soap deliveries from Honest soaps¬†whilst in their trial stage. They’re on their journey to making very lovely, kind to the skin soaps that smell incredible and are jam packed full of nice natural ingredients, just how we like it. And as a sweet bonus to someone who loves a bit of colour injected into every area of my home, they’re lovely and colourful too! Talk about a gigantic cherry on top!

HonestSoaps trials
HonestSoaps trials

x Lucy