Inspiration, Photos

Lovely Scotland

I’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in Scotland, with good company from my illustration buddy Katriona Chapman. The weather was very, very kind to us (I couldn’t resist a dip in that perfect water) and the fresh air, mountains and sheep were very, very good to my brain.

At this point, I would normally say I’ve returned re-inspired and promise to knuckle down and be productive, but I’m wary and cautious of putting pressure on myself. I have returned inspired and energised, full of ideas and more keen to be at the drawing board than I have for many months. But I can make no immediate promises of what I will draw and when, just that I will practice turning up at my desk and being patient with whatever that brings. Thank you for being patient with me.

Painting, Thoughts, Typography

Recovery is…?

Last week it was Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I wasΒ thinking about recovery and what a misunderstood process it can be. My own recovery began almost 14 years ago, at which point I thought it was only about weight restoration (ha!). At various points in the years since, I’ve considered my time in recovery to be over, and while in some ways that’s true, in other ways it really, really isn’t. So I got to thinking about how I’d define recovery now, 14 years into the process, and put some of my thoughts down on paper. It’s worth saying that this is a very personal piece of work which you may or may not find fits with your experience – and I’d be interested to hear thoughts on that. Heck, in another 14 years I’ll probably have a totally new perspective again and laugh at this. But for now, in this moment at least, this is what recovery means to me…

Recovery Is