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Embracing silliness


July 19, 2012 by Sarah

Yesterday I managed to fit in a sneaky mid-week painting session. Heaven! Since starting my Play to Win challenge, I’ve had the urge to break from painting landscapes and try something different – something a bit more playful. When my uncle put me onto New Zealand artist Piera McArthur, I found the style I was looking for.

Replicating Piera’s bright colours, squiggly lines and funny faces, I decided to have a play with this style – to learn something new, to forget about making things look natural and life-like and to just embrace the silliness of it all. And it worked. It took me back to being a kid again. It took me back to a place where I wasn’t afraid of making mistakes.

Needless to say, I left my painting class with a big smacker of a smile. My landscapes usually take me a few lessons to complete. But I managed to pull this one out of the bag in one 2 hour sitting..perfect example of finding flow!


  1. Sarah says:

    Wow Sarah being in flow really suits you, this is amazing

  2. Sarah says:

    Thanks Sarah! I had so much fun doing it 🙂

  3. Anna says:

    I can’t imagine you did this!! This looks so professional so sophisticated and indeed so different!!! You keep surprising me (and yourself luckily) time after time. My god, how many layers of personalities do we have in us?

  4. Paul says:

    Piera’s absolutely brilliant. Why would anyone paint a constipated landscape when you can run riot like that! Well done!

  5. Paul says:

    Good for you! Have you checked She’s having a huge retrospective in NZ in November.

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Hello! I'm Sarah Lou Davies a 30 something kiwi trying to make work play (and pay!).

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