Friday 29 March 2024

Exhibitions in Barbados, Studio Tours, Creative Talent

I have been fortunate enough to have been to several art exhibitions over the past few weeks and also and have been one of the exhibiting artists in galleries around Barbados.  Here are a few images taken from the show

Here is some of my work, I had 3 sculptures on show

Amanda Trought and Artwork

Amanda Trought - Queens Park Gallery, Barbados

The Stilt Walkers Treasure

To Market

The Gift

Here shown with artists - Elle Rene, LisaMeart, Amanda Trought, Barbara Russell , Friend of Barbaras


Caribbean Fine Art Fair (CaFA)

Went to the Caribbean Fine Art Fair opening and met lots of talented artists from all over the Caribbean and the Diaspora.  You can check out the website to see the full list of participating artists HERE.

LisaMeArt at the CaFA Exhibition


Studio Tours happened the weekend of the 23 and 24th March but there is an extended exhibition taking place at the Frame Art Gallery where the work can be viewed by the 44 Artists that took part in the Artist Studio Tour

You can check out the full details of the artist by going to the website:

Artists Studio Tours Barbados 2024 at the Frame Art & Co.’s Gallery, Millhouse Complex, St. Michael,  Tuesday to Friday 9am-4.30pm, Saturday 9am-2pm


Exhibition - Elle Rene, (Giselle Walker) Insight 

on until 24th April 24, Queens Park Gallery, Barbados

Artists left to right - Elle Rene, Sonia Caesar, Amanda Trought


Visual Arts Barbados - Monthly Online Magazine

Published by Corrie Scott 

Check out the March Magazine and some of the back issues


Also check out the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Barbados - For More Information on events in Barbados

There are many ways you can support an artist, purchase their work, check out their social media, leave a comment on their profile, share their work.  Have a blessed Weekend!

Thursday 28 March 2024

Creating Faces - Digital Art Papers


Come and join us to get this month's digital downloads and play along in the studio. 

This Week we will be sharing three mini projects that I created from the papers.  I had a lot of fun creating the face and the doodles for this piece.

Here is one of the first images created with the papers, a figure emerging out of the background.  There are lots of things that you can do with your papers such as using them in your art journals, creating tags and so much more.

You can also take a photocopy of your completed work and then use that as a background and as paper ephemera in your art journal.  

You can get access to the papers on our Patreon platform and make the most of the 7 day FREE Trial, this will give you access to all the papers that have been previously created for the past 2 years including tutorial videos and other content.  You can also take out FREE membership and this will give you access to some of the bonus content that I create. 

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Creative Garden Expansion - Budget-Friendly Garden Projects


I've embarked on a new garden project, and while it feels a bit overwhelming, I'm embracing the challenge. Despite working on a tight budget, I've gathered some helpful tips over time for gardening economically.

Gardening isn't just a hobby; it's a therapeutic journey that occasionally presents the daunting task of starting from scratch. To tackle this, I've learned to break projects into smaller tasks and celebrate each milestone.

Creating a beautiful garden doesn't always demand a large bank balance. In fact, some of the most satisfying transformations can be accomplished on a limited budget. Let's explore some cost-effective ways to enhance your garden:
  • Repurpose and Upcycle: Before rushing to the store for new pots or garden decor, take a look around your home for items that can be repurposed. Old buckets, tin cans, or wooden crates can be transformed into planters with a fresh coat of paint. Get creative with unconventional containers to add character to your garden while saving money.

  • Propagate Plants: Instead of splurging on new plants, why not propagate your existing ones? Many plants, such as succulents, herbs, and certain flowers, can be easily propagated from cuttings or seeds. Not only does this save money, but it also allows you to expand your garden while fostering a deeper connection with your plants.

You can check out an Additional 3 ways on my Free Patreon post - You can check it out HERE

So, come and join me in the garden I will be taking small and steady steps to achieve what I imagine in this new space. Happy gardening!

Monday 25 March 2024

Arts and Wellness Cafe - Compassion

Come and join me in the Arts and Wellness Cafe

In our creative journey, it's crucial to approach ourselves and our projects with a compassionate mindset. Here are three ways we can infuse compassion into our creative endeavors:

Investing in Ourselves with Value

Education plays an important role in our growth, and investing in our own learning demonstrates self-worth. There are many programs and resources available that can accommodate different financial circumstances.  These include: bursaries, sponsorships, skills exchange and more,  By valuing our own growth, we communicate to others that we prioritize self-improvement.  Check out the Art Resource Hub for a range of opportunities listed every month. Learn More

Embracing Diverse Sources of Inspiration

Compassion towards ourselves involves recognizing the many influences that shape our creativity. While mentors within our field are invaluable, we can also find inspiration from diverse sources beyond our immediate discipline. Whether it's learning productivity techniques or wisdom from authors and their autobiographies, each resource contributes to our development. Embracing these varied influences honors our individual journey and encourages a compassionate approach to self-growth.

Encouraging Experimentation and Interpretation

Compassion in creativity extends to embracing experimentation and personal interpretation. As we learn techniques and skills, we allow ourselves the freedom to adapt and fosters a nurturing environment for growth, while sharing our experiences and encouraging others to explore their creative gifts and abilities.

I would love you to join me in the studio and check out the video where we look at some examples and additional ideas. Learn More

Before You Go:

Remember to enjoy the journey!

Get this months FREE digital Download Papers HERE

Thursday 21 March 2024

Material Musings - Tips for your scrap fabrics


Welcome to Material Musings, in this video I share some ways that I use fabric scraps and create mini projects.  I show you some of the panels and wall hangings in progress, waiting for either some stitching, beading or to be added to another project.

I also share how I create these fun badges, they will either be placed on another project or can be used as a tag or in an art journal spread. I will be adding some more stitching to the pieces and maybe some beading to each of them.

How are you using your fabric scraps, or your supplies that you have neglected?

If you decide to create them, remember to share on IG and tag me @realityarts

Check in your own supplies to see what you have.  Here are some of the additional supplies that I used:

  • Brads -
  • Hot Glue Gun -
  • Embroidery Thead -
  • Ribbon -
  • Fabric panels (available in different colors) - and check out -

Have fun!

Before you go

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Friday 15 March 2024

5 Ways to Prepare your Art Journal for Creative Play

Arts Journal play, 5 Ways to Prepare your Art Journal for Creative Play

One of the most exciting things that I have found when using an art journaling is the creative play that it encourages. There are many different ways that you can use your art journal and a few ways to prepare your journal that will help you to avoid the roadblocks that can often come when doing anything creative. I cover some of the ways in the video and here are a few additional suggestions to help you get started:

Gather Your Materials
Before you begin, gather all the art supplies you might want to use - and use what you have (you don't have to have specialist equipment, or journals - if a composition notebook is what you have, then use that, or make your own)  Check out my YouTube Playlist on creating a variety of different Art Journal and pages.  

You can also include paints, markers, pens, collage materials, stamps, stencils, and anything else that inspires you. Having everything within reach will make the process smoother and more enjoyable.  I have a monthly free digital download that you can use for collage material in your Art Journal, you can access it in my Art Resource Hub.

Set the Mood
Create a comfortable and inspiring space to work in. Play your favorite music, light some candles, or surround yourself with plants and artwork that uplift you. The right atmosphere can help get your creative juices flowing.

Prep Your Pages
Consider prepping some of your journal pages in advance. You could paint backgrounds with different colors, textures, or patterns, or even add a layer of gesso to prime the pages for mixed media. Having a variety of backgrounds ready to go can jumpstart your creativity.  If I have extra paint on my pallet from doing a particular project, I will apply the excess to the pages of my art journal.

Embrace Mistakes
Remember that your art journal is a space for experimentation and self-expression. Don't be afraid to try new techniques, and don't compare yourself to anyone else. Embrace the imperfections and let them guide you towards unexpected artistic discoveries.

Start with a Prompt
If you're feeling stuck, consider starting with a prompt to kickstart your creativity. This could be a word, a quote, a color scheme, or a theme that speaks to you. Let the prompt guide your artistic exploration and see where it takes you.  
CLICK HERE  and join me in the Art Resource Hub on the 'Realityarts Academy' for a series of free downloads to get you started. 

By preparing your art journal for creative play in these ways, you'll be ready to dive into a world of endless possibilities and artistic freedom. Join our online art community and share what you have been doing in your art journal

Enjoy the process and let your imagination soar!

Before You Go...

Join us on Patreon for exclusive bonus content, see behind the scenes and get more insights and inspiration, and I share more on creative play and tips for working in your art journal.

Thursday 7 March 2024

Arts and Wellness Cafe - More

Come and join us in the Arts and Wellness Cafe where the word for the session is 'More'

What do you need to do more of in your life, your creative journey?

In order to enhance your creative journey and enrich your life, it's important to make time for activities that inspire and motivate you. Consider incorporating more moments of reflection into your daily routine. Engage in activities that stimulate your imagination and creativity, such as:
  • working in your art journal;
  • taking long walks in nature;
  • exploring new hobbies - take an online course;
  • or practicing mindfulness and meditation - try out one of my digital coloring pages. HERE

Surround yourself with sources of inspiration, whether it's through art, music, literature, or connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for creativity. Remember to be kind to yourself throughout this journey and embrace the process of growth and self-discovery. 

In the video I share a way that I work in my art journal, making space for creativity and the time that you may or may not have.  This gives you pockets of time to be creative.  

We also look at a tip for the week and an important question that you should be asking yourself - intrigued, check out the video for more information. 

Before You Go:

Come and join me in the Creative Garden - HERE

Sunday 3 March 2024

3 Organizational Tips for Sorting your Fabric Stash

As you build your own fabric collect of painted fabrics and textiles while they can be the start of some beautiful creative projects you have to also think about how you store and maintain your collection.  When things are all over the place it can become overwhelming and a barrier to spending time in your creative space, so I have three simple tips to help you keep on top of your growing fabric collection and make them readily accessible: 

Embrace Categorization:

The first step is to create a system that separates your fabrics based on type of fabric and color. Group similar fabrics together, like all your cotton fabrics in one section, silks in another, etc. Within each type category, further subdivide them by color. This way, you can easily locate a specific fabric..

Clear Containers:

I found with the space I have that having clear plastic bins or storage boxes allows you to easily see the contents without needing to rummage through each container. I have two different sizes for the larger fabric and then smaller ones. Choose containers in various sizes to accommodate different fabrics. Think about the space you have and what would use the space more effectively.


Label each container clearly and you can go further to add the colors or type of fabric. You can use a label maker for a clean and professional look, or handwrite labels on sturdy cardstock and secure them with tape.

By implementing these simple tips, you'll transform your fabric collection from a jumbled mess to a well-organized haven of inspiration. Remember, a little planning goes a long way in ensuring your creative flow remains uninterrupted as you delve into your next creative adventure!


Regular Decluttering and Donation: By regularly reviewing what you have you can think about ways to reduce, or you can do a swap with another artist and brings new and interesting fabrics into your stash. I find it difficult to part ways with my fabric but I guess it gets easier the more you do it.

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