Stirring the pot… waking the creative.

Ok, so as I am sure most if not all artists have a period of ‘stuckness’, this one has attached itself… viscous and difficult to dissolve.

I have ideas.

I even have experiments on the go, yet that familiar shroud of disengagement clouds my sight. So what do I do to move forward, lift the obstructive veil… I delve into automatic writing processes and doodling. Where this goes and what this does in terms of moving me on, I am unsure. What I do know is that it does loosen and distract, sometimes for hours ( the guilt of this weighs heavily into the dilemma).

So here are a couple of the latest distractions… to muse or perhaps amuse, but there is something significant about acknowledging this as ‘all part of the process’ by posting here… I think?

sketchbook01 doodling away the glue, Jo Howe, the process of being an Artist

sketchbook03 doodling away the glue, Jo Howe, the process of being an Artist

sketchbook02 doodling away the glue, Jo Howe, the process of being an Artist

Finding time…

So it’s that time of year again, the main SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) schools project work comes to a conclusion… loads of assessments to do but also the big end of school year celebration to look forward to, so exciting!

Thought it was about time to share a little of the work that these amazing young people¬† produce… beyond delightful!

The beginning of the course always has some kind of film element, more usually animation (so those who have been following my blog will now have a greater understanding why I am so inspired and therefore post many an animation).

So, here is one of my favourite animation works… perhaps because I still remember how these young people blew me away with their engagement, ideas and sense of joy… and of course working alongside the fabulous and talented Violist Judy Manning,¬† the mastermind who set up this project back in 2008, always a great pleasure.


We always have a ‘Pop’ element, with song writing, performance, sound creation and CD design. This one was rather fab… the songwriting led by the talented Tom Billington and design led by myself…. love the form and colour in this… and the song’s pretty damm good too!

There is of course so much more to share… but I will wait until The Funky Pie Company site is fully live and active. Until then… feel free to explore The Funky Pie Company Channel.