A new chapter

There are big changes ahead, and they can't come fast enough for me.

After years of being unable to buy a house due to being on a debt plan, and the damage this does to your credit record, I've finally been able to become a joint homeowner. Brian and I will be moving into the centre of Doncaster, and I'm looking forward to setting up my new recording studio in the new house's huge basement.

While I've been waiting for that to go through, I've also been doing more to explore visual art as a creative outlet and therapy tool. My Mum generously bought us both an all-day workshop at www.amity4art.co.uk in Newmillerdam, and this has kick-started my creativity. The last few days I've been working on a new canvas and a few sketches, and this has lifted my mood considerably. The folks running the workshop were Jan & Ted - both talented artists - and their easygoing approach was refreshing and inspiring.  Here are two pieces I worked on whilst at their house:

While these are not my first paintings, they're probably the first ones not to come across as folk art. Clearly I have a long way to go before I could create anything like Jan & Ted can, but everyone has to start somewhere!

I'm also looking forward to October, when I've decided to release a new album, which I'm working on at the moment. Well, intending to work on...they're almost the same thing, right?