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Confidence Found at Last. Thank you.

If someone had told me two years ago that I had talent and made lovely things my response would have been, “ Ahh sure it’s not that good.” or “It’s easy. Anyone could do it.” It's called The Imposter Syndrome.  Having pride in my work and accepting compliments is something that has taken me years to come to terms with; to say “Thank you.” instead of feeling embarrassed and wanting to hide. I’ve always painted, but it was never a career option at school. Get an office job. Get a public relations job. Earn a steady wage. So painting remained my hobby.  Painting is good for the soul. It helps organise thoughts, zone out, relax and ease worries. I highly...

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Christmas at Les Papillons

Merry Christmas! Pets are the heart of many homes and in preparation for this Christmas I've been painting pet portraits, on brooches and necklaces, to be opened tomorrow morning. The first wearable portrait I painted was Ginger. He is our splendid cat. He doesn't bite. He doesn't scratch. He adores snuggles and he helps keep the rodent population in check. A decade ago Adam had a poem writing task set for homework, so we decided to make our new kitten the subject to wax lyrical about. "Being a cat is a marvelous thing and my years as a kitten are worth remembering I would pounce from the sofa to a more comfortable chair  and be praised for being marvelous and...

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