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Dream Chateau Oil on Ply ptlpaintings.com

So a statement such as I can't draw is a final ultimatum, a decision made at some point in our life. My first observation has come from that camp, the place of least resistance. There are many things that we can't do for one reason or the other, so it is a reasonable thing to say.

Then we start to think about being Creative. Oh no, I'm not the creative type. Maybe we have taken on a view that we are either creative or not. I feel that possibly the word creative is a massive net that can include life itself. So with that idea in mind, it would seem ridiculous to suppose that we are not creative. After all, we are a mass of cells, a collection of energy that is creative in itself.

We could argue in that case that the semantics are getting us into a twist. Life is creative and we clearly are examples of living organisms so therefore must have creativity. Could it be that we are just not in touch with life itself.

So now the argument or dialogue is becoming more manageable. Perhaps at some point in the development of our conscious understanding of ourselves, we have simply decided that to draw for example is too hard a rock to sit on. By charging the universe with the statement that we cannot draw in fact we are stemming the flow that enables us to draw.

So I said earlier indeed I was one of those I can't draw people and now I realise that is not the case. The practice of drawing or painting like any other meaningful pursuit involves a persistent application of the self to it.

Perhaps any enduring activity most of the times need us to apply ourselves on a regular basis, no matter what we think we can or can't do. Then eventually or even immediately we can surprise ourselves.

So let's get surprised



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Research on many levels has been investigating the health benefits of the Creative Process and its power to improve the quality of our lives. So how can we put to use this understanding, or indeed how can we actively improve our wellness by engaging in a creative life?

I would say from my own experience that being engaged in some sort of creative process, is crucial to fulfilling our potential as a human being.

We could argue that the stemming of our creative flow often occurs during our childhood. This may manifest in a number of ways. Maybe the creative process itself is, in fact, the development throughout our life of the essence of existence itself. Possibly,
over time, the messages that we tell ourselves, become part of our brain’s working circuitry. We begin to decide whether we are creative or not,  based on the linear-based society that we live in.

Each and every one of us has had a moment as children where we felt our full essence was denied. Either by a parent, a teacher, a fellow student or a close friend. At that moment, when we experienced the rejection of our true essence by another, it undermined us. So now when the feeling attached to the child arise we undermine ourselves.

All is not lost, in fact far from it. Just like many diseases can be transformed and in some cases even reversed by diet and exercise, so to can this entrenched denial of the creative self. So when we decide that we would like to do some activity such as writing, performing, playing music or painting, we are taking action to re-awaken this dormant process within us.

The Creative Process can rejuvenate and transform the way that we relate to our inner child. Of course is this a child or is it, in fact, our essence as a human being. The potential we have is limitless and indeed difficult to fathom. The inner child has the power to connect with the timeless reality that exists within the moment. No wonder it can be scary. Perhaps it is not productive to be critical of our past, but instead, start to understand that a creative life is a wonderful way to exist as a whole human being and put value into the world

Patrick Turner-Lee



Retirement — A Dream — A wish or a deluded mind set

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BLUE VIEW - Original oil painting on ply - Sold to a private collection in Brighton. Prints available  ptlpaintings.com


Interesting looking for blogs on retirement. Seems to be a plethora of intellectual or financial articles helping us all realise that maybe we didn’t plan to retire.

Well personally I feel insulted by the term. It conjures up “a stepping back or giving up resolve”. Also the “when I retire” conversation is often curtailed by increasing evidence that our working life is smattered with occurrences of decreasing and undetected health issues.

Then its time to retire because you have to. Take me for an example; I worked as hard as I could for years trying to comply with an ill fitting and poorly chosen career path that eventually led to a heart attack. Strange this work ethic seemingly is brought on by a desire to do well. However for all of the possible clear management decision that are available, very often the action is one of least resistance.

This process of avoiding problems only leads to suffering for all concerned. I managed to bypass situations that were uncomfortable in my working life. This, at the end of the day contributed to my health and habits leading to a life that could never be fully enjoyed.

Of course for all of us I am sure there are joyful times. Often it seemed that after Xmas I would work hard to pay off my debts or save up for something. Maybe that was a holiday. Then I would be enslaved by my work regime in order to fulfil promises that I never really agreed to in the first place

For me the heart attack I suffered was a pivot point, because I have been able start to live the life that I want to. Not so I can sit back in a deckchair or spend my pennies on filling the pockets of the leisure industry. No it is my hope to have a go at encouraging others to reveal their true potential and break away from the financial slavery that is so gloriously manufactured by our caring society.

I am not bitter though; in fact it is a wonderful opportunity to defy all and spend the next 30 odd years creating value.

Patrick Turner-Lee



Creativity and Health



Lifestyle Art – Health and Well Being

There is growing evidence to show that Creative Activity is a crucial in maintaining Wellness and good Health.

It’s not uncommon to feel down in the dumps from time to time, especially during periods of hardship and transition. Thankfully, from simple doodling to singing your favourite song, moments of intentional creativity can come to the rescue no matter your current lot in life.

Creative activities also help the brain recover after illness, injury, or stress

Of course, other factors such as diet and exercise matter, too. But when it comes to caring for your brain, less stress is best.


The beauty of creating is that it doesn’t have to be elaborate or ground breaking. It can be just about whatever you want, as long as it’s unrelated to work inside or outside the home.


In an increasingly competitive world many people experience a loss of power and a lack of self esteem. I believe it is so important to develop a means to return the core existence of mankind to its primary concern. That being the real happiness of themselves and consequently those around them.


The tools of creativity seem to have become lost to many who think they are not worthy to be part of the creative world.


I believe Painting, Banging a drum or singing a song to name but a few are primal activities that have become clouded. This division from the person and their potential needs to be addressed for the well being of future generations.


A healthy creative life is essential to our well-being, period. It’s exactly what a person needs to fill her heart—and mind—with positivity and affirmation. Without a solid community, it’s easy for our mental health to crumble.