Standing up for my floral friend

Standing up for my floral friend

I drew this a couple of months ago. I really enjoyed the process, the experimenting and then playfully adding polka dots just for the fun of it. I never shared it because there was such a mixed reaction from a few people – it is something you either love or hate...
Rainbow bookshelves – a Marie Kondo inspired declutter

Rainbow bookshelves – a Marie Kondo inspired declutter

By the end of last year I was totally worn out, both physically and mentally. I had turned 50. I was exhausted. I felt like my body was beginning to wear out, and every day there were aches and pains and I was struggling to get going in the morning. I felt totally...
Why, what, who? Courage & colour pencils

Why, what, who? Courage & colour pencils

I recently bought Pip Lincoln’s e-book about blogging called “Shake it up”. You can find it here – http://meetmeatmikes.com/shake-it-up-my-ace-ebook-for-bloggers/. I have challenged myself to work through it in search of my blogging mojo. I thought it might help...
Welcome, we care

Welcome, we care

Download poster here About a month ago I shared a free poster acknowledging the courage it takes to ask for help. It’s not rocket science. I’m sure we’ve all struggled with reaching out – whether to ask for a hand with the kids, or making a...
Learning not to be “a fixer”

Learning not to be “a fixer”

[This is not a new story of mine by any means, but I am gradually trying to explain the reasons for my artwork that have been made into prints on Etsy. Looking back, this story still holds true. There are always things I wish I could “fix” in lots of areas...
It takes courage to ask for help

It takes courage to ask for help

Download poster here Every day I see articles in the news about people struggling to come forward and ask for help – be it about domestic violence, mental illness, child abuse, gender issues, self harm, cancer, crime, homelessness, poverty…  I could go on...
A pirate, a quilt and a brand new baby

A pirate, a quilt and a brand new baby

Pirate, dragon rider, dreamer, artist, super hero, poet or adventurer … don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, little man, and be proud just to be you. As a very special little boy entered the world this week I wanted to celebrate the moment and share that...
It’s okay to be different – from bird to chameleon

It’s okay to be different – from bird to chameleon

I didn’t plan this twirly headed chameleon like guy, but he obviously wanted to be noticed and popped up out of the blue in my mixed media painting. What can I say? I had been looking jealously at on line friends playing with doodles, ink splats and mixed media,...
Pay it Forward – free poster from Helen Wilding Art

Pay it Forward – free poster from Helen Wilding Art

Download poster here – and then please take a minute to leave a comment and say hello! [Post updated 1 July 2015 – in case you have a feeling of deja vu!] There have been some incredible kindnesses shown to me during difficult times. I have been sent...
Love, marriage and rainbows

Love, marriage and rainbows

Nearly three decades ago I was lucky enough to marry the man I loved in my parent’s garden. Saying “I do” was a huge commitment, and scary, but it changed our lives in a wonderful way. We made our promises to each other in front of our family and...