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ben

you flower collection is awesome.

Sarah

at the moment in my living room I have; a bouquet of flowers on the hearth - roses and lilies and lovely foliage from some dear friends; a posy of roses, berries and flowers I can't name (but I am sure you could!) tightly arranged in oasis in a gavanised bucket; a small bunch of brightly coloured gerberas in a vase, sat on a shelf. We both love fresh flowers around the house, it really does lift a room and I even have been known to buy flowers for the bathroom!

I try to curb my love of floral items like decorative items, kitchenware etc for the sake of a marital harmony (real flowers are one thing, floral teatowels quite another apparently!) but the odd thing or three does creep in from time to time :-)

Your paintings in your last picture are beautiful vanessa. You ignore everyone and follow your heart; I am sure you do. x

Lucy

oh mY oh my, your flower photos and collections are both magnificent! pllllllllease tell me where you got those washing up gloves, I SO WANT a pair!

I am going through something similar to do with roses, I never really cared for them that much but recently I have been obsessed with them - not necessarily the real thing, but like you, I am loving the decorative element of roses, the colours and smells. I have been drooling over paper roses, fabric with roses on, even greetings cards with pitcures of roses, and the scent of them - drawer liners, bath oil, rose soaps etc. Odd folk we are eh?!!
By the way, your paintings!!!!!!!!!! oh, they are incredibly beautiful. PLease hurry up and get that etsy shop open, they really are calling out to me!
xx

greta

I read your blog daily, but just HAD to comment on this post.
The real tragedy of art school is exactly as you have described...
not being free to be YOURSELF because of the pressure to be all kewl and artyschool radical...sigh.
PLEASE continue your gorgeous work that truly reflects YOU as the artist.
So glad you've come full circle to your authentic self!
xoxox

driftwood

your flowers and your flower pictures are a delight Vanessa, keep painting!!!

oh and I so want to see you in that swimming hat - the age 8 you, and the age 36 you!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Here's to freedom in maturity! Our youngest daugher (age 30) includes this in her favourite quotes: "Say what you want and be who you are because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" ~ Dr. Seuss
Cheers from your Canadian fan.

Jennie

Firstly you have just given me nightmares with that swimming hat. I was frequently peeled into a white one, exactly like that one when I was a child. I had thick curly long hair and it was not a pretty sight!
Secondly I am the same age as you.
And lastly, I denied for a long time that I was actually quite girly and liked pretty things, instead opting for big boots, black clothing and loud music. Imagine my surprise that now I am older I love all things sweet, pretty and calm.
Love all your beautiful pictures.
Jennie.

helle Jorgensen

So much beauty!

RI

TO SEE OURSELVES IN A GRAIN OF SAND..!!!
WE ARE ALLOWED..."TO BE"...
AND NO ONE CAN DENY THAT...
WHAT WE CAN SEE WITH OUR OWN "EYE"
IS A VALIDATION OF OUR OWN VALUES ...
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE ALL STAY TRUE TO
WHAT WE VALUE...IT IS UNTHINKABLE THAT WE WOULD CHANGE FOR ANOTHER VALUE THAT WE DO NOT HOLD TRUE TO...WELL DONE VANESSA..{:>)

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!


  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon