Just letting you know what I have been up to. Yesterday apparently I had 57 page views so it's obvious people do pop round to see what's going on in this neck of the woods, lol. You know, actually, I am in a learning trough, which initially seemed a rather negative, undesirable and uncomfortable place to be. Don't get me wrong - I put myself there. Just me and the paint and the canvases. And the ideas. When we become more aware of "process" and of "referents" our competence levels begin to drop and it needs lots of conversations - with yourself, with others (if you have others), with the paint and with paintings - your own and other people's, in order to provide support for progress - improving competence, on your own terms. After a while I realised that actually, this is not an uncomfortable place - it has become a comfortable one. I have thrown a few cushions around metaphorically speaking. I love that there are no distractions; no rewards, (kindly bloggers admiring my work), no punishments (rejections from exhibition organisers etc), nothing except me and the paint. There will come a day when I emerge from my trough, because I do like the idea of showing my work but I want it to be work I am proud to show. I'm really into the struggle and feeling positive about it. And I'll put the key to the trough in my pocket so that I can always go back for a return visit.