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Self-coaching snippet

I wrote this snippet of self-coaching yesterday morning in my journal and thought I’d share it as you might like to try it for yourself (notice the questions I ask myself) or you might like me to coach you. This gives you a tiny insight into what coaching with me might be like (warm, accepting, partnering):

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Pea of Contention

There’s a pea of contention buried in me
underneath the striving, the doing.
I like to pretend it isn’t there but I can feel it.
All the time.
I can’t get comfortable.
I toss.
I turn.
When eventually I do sleep, he’s there
reminding me of his manipulation.
It scares me how easily I gave myself to him.
Ignored my needs for safety for his cheap affection.
Left myself behind with
my other selves
from other times.
And now they’re clamouring
to be let back in,
with their pain.

And it hurts.

They have stories to tell and they need to tell them.
I am the conduit
and the comforter.
I ask them what they need and give them space.
Sometimes they rest in my heart tucked up warm and safe.
They take the time they need and when they wake
I feel them.
But I’m busy.
Getting on with my life while I can!
And they interrupt my dreams with things they need to tell
until I realise I need to listen.
And I feel.
And I write.
And I paint.
And the pea shrinks for a while.

Spring Wonderland (2020)

Spring Wonderland (2020)
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in
POA

If you would like to know the price of Spring Wonderland contact me. If that statement makes you nervous, there’s no pressure to buy. Do feel free to ask me questions about my work.

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Cruel Britannia

Cruel Britannia (2020)
Found object, string, and acrylic on canvas
39 x 39 x 4 cm

I was thinking about the transportation of slaves from British colonies to Britain whilst making this painting. The painting consists of a found object – a broken pole – attached to the canvas with string and everything painted white. The string and pole form a shape similar to the British flag and are reflections of shipping, oppression and bondage.

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Hopes and Dreams

In this time of collective trauma, it can be hard to manage stress. One way of coping is to think about hopes and dreams. I’ve created a spreadsheet to capture our hopes and dreams. Perhaps you’d like to add yours to it? Here’s a link.

I don’t know what I’ll do with the spreadsheet yet. Maybe nothing. As an artist, I might be inspired by it to make something. I work in a way that allows for things to emerge rather than plan the outcome in detail. You can check out my work here.

I once held a couple of events for adults to play in a children’s indoor adventure playground. We did an activity on hopes and dreams there. Here’s a link to that.

White Trash #1

White Trash #1 (2020)
Found object, trash, thread, and acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in
POA

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Triangle Lines and Sunlit Patches (2020)

Triangle Lines and Sunlit Patches (2020)
Acrylic on canvas
51.5 x 40.5 cm
POA

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It’s Okay to Look (2020)

It’s Okay to Look (2020)
Acrylic on canvas
51.5 x 40.5 cm
POA

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Coaching Case Study – Rebecca*

*Name changed to protect confidentiality

Rebecca felt her boundaries were not respected by family members and work colleagues. We worked together for four months at fortnightly intervals for the first two months, followed by monthly. Rebecca came to my studio so these sessions were face to face. At the start of each session I listened to what Rebecca wanted to get from the session and then suggested a way of working based on what she’d told me.

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