Well, here I am.  Writing about my life as an artist, musician and coach.  Its about time I shared more of myself.  I struggle just as much as anyone else with creativity, consistency, visual voice, performance and finance and everything else that goes with being self-employed in the arts.

Part of the reason I’ve started this blog is because I’ve not been journaling recently – normally I write in a journal, but I got waylaid somehow.  I think I got bored with the limitations of writing with a pen in a book.  I could’ve added photos etc, or sketches, but I like playing on the computer and it’s media.

Just recently I’ve been struggling with my canvas paintings.  They’ve driven me partially insane this week.  I am however, thankfully back to “normal for me”, and the sun even came out and shone some much needed light into my retinas today.  I suffer from SAD.  Its horrible, but I control it with a light therapy box.  It took years to notice the pattern of my depression setting in deeper than usual in September/October and lasting for months.  Anyhow, I took a walk in the park with my greyhound today and noticed some really nice things…

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But here I am lost in transition.  The path that lays before me is the transition from a closet painter, to one that is exhibiting for the first time in years with Natasha Newton, another Suffolk artist.  I am excited, nervous and feeling slightly awed by the developments over the last 9 months.  I have painted more than I’ve written music this year, and I’ve loved every minute.  I’ve made wonderful contacts online that have become as valuable as my supportive friends here in England.  One particular contact stands out for me – Megan Chapman – she is an amazing artist with a great work ethic.  She has been very supportive this year, and she’s shared my ups and downs.  If she lived just down the road, I’m sure we’d be supping tea and gossipping for hours on end.  Megan is an inspiration and a rock in my recent falling-back-in-love-with-painting.  She publicly shares her art wisdom here.

Here’s a painting I finished today:

©2008 Deborah Eileen Burrow

©2008 Deborah Eileen Burrow

This painting was nearly abandoned completely.  The photo of it is a snapshot of it taken today – I’ve yet to have a professional photo taken.  I used gold and interference paint in places, and it doesn’t come out well on this photo.

More paintings can be found  at myspace and  at my website and  on etsy.com

Well, I’m sure I’ve done too much this week, so I’m gonna look after myself and take a week’s break.  I’m going camping in our hippy Bell tent if the weather stays good.

Back soon.