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27 July 2014


Wednesday the 23rd of July
Let's have a little lifestyle post shall we? I feel like I've not done one of those in a while! The main highlight of this month was graduation. I now have a Bsc in Psychology... woohoo! It was such a wonderful occasion accompanied by beautiful warm weather. It was so lovely to see all my friends one last time. I also feel like it was my final chance to cling onto the title of 'student'- I'm already missing the student discount. On the day, like most people would be, I was so worried about falling over on stage but luckily that didn't happen. It actually all happened so quickly! It was sort of surreal wearing a graduation robe and motorboard hat, but it finally allowed me to register what had been achieved in the years prior to that day. The past three years has undoubtedly been a laborious time in terms of deadlines and exams, however memories have filled the vacant spaces between each workload and stressful times have enabled new found friendships to strengthen even more.

And on that note I will leave you with this video. A good friend of mine was given a pair of Google glasses by our Uni and asked to create a vlog of what it is like to experience graduation day. It features a beautiful poem that he wrote in under a day - which is a great achievement in itself! All the components combined make this an extremely moving video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. See if you can spot me.

If you've also graduated this year, congratulations!! And if you graduated a while ago, I hope this video brings you a little nostalgia!

25 June 2014

Breakfast II

Watercolour and a bit of white acrylic for the highlights
Another little practice but this time with a bit more colour. Now that I have the time, what would you like to see more of on the blog? :)

23 June 2014


Just did this one almost as a little painting exercise, plus I really fancied just painting some food. In between binge-watching episodes of Orange is the New Black and watching the World Cup I've gradually started sketching again because I finished Uni a couple of weeks ago! It's going to be strange not starting back in September. I've enjoyed studying Psychology, but it's refreshing to be able to do something that doesn't involve copious amounts of writing and memorising. There are loads of things that I've wanted to do throughout the year and now I finally can! One was Couch to 5k, has anyone tried it? I will be going away in October, so I have between now and then to really test it out!

That's enough from me anyway how have you guys all been? Anything planned for the weeks to come? If you haven't already definitely give Ed Sheeran's new album 'X' a listen, it's amazing! Been listening to that a lot recently, as well as Kodaline's oldish album - which is equally good!

05 April 2014

Beer bottles

Watercolour & white acrylic paint.
A while ago I painted some beer bottles for my dad and he really liked how the painting turned out. (Here's a link to that post!). This unexpectedly led to a request to add more to this little collection. Occasionally new challenges can be rewarding, it can be fun trying your hand at something different. Being told an idea is also particularly useful when you feel as though you're experiencing a creative block - which happens to everyone from time to time.

After reading countless textbooks and journal papers it was so nice to sit down, listen to some music and do something I've inadvertently neglected for a few months. This year I've realised that it's so important to find time around your schedule to do the things that you really enjoy. So, make sure you treat yourself once in a while!

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