Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday February 5th 2020 – #Blogging Brigid P. Gallagher, #Painting Emma Cownie, #ThaiFood Deventuretime

Brigid Gallagher has got into spring cleaning mode with a post on tips on how to declutter your blog to make it easier for readers to navigate.

Spring is traditionally a time for spring cleaning – a time of letting go of clutter, reorganising cupboards and drawers, painting, dusting and polishing…

We spring clean our homes, but what about our blogs?

How can you spring clean your blog and make it shine? I will share a few tips:
Imagine Yourself a First Time Visitor to Your Blog

Imagine you are a first time visitor to your blog:

  • How does it look?
  • Is it inviting?
  • Can visitors tell you are an author, a poet, an artist, a gardener?
  • Is your blog easy to navigate?

Head over to read the rest of the post including how to let go of clutter, update reusable posts and many other helpful tips: How to Spring Clean your blog and make it Shine

Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: Amazon UK – andAmazon US – Follow Brigid on : Goodreads –  Blog: Watching the Daisies

Now for something completely different in creativity, but there are some parallels with our work as writers I felt. This is from artist Emma Cownie, and if you paint, and have struggled with your composition then this post will help you I am sure… For the rest of us and fascinating look behind the scenes the finished painting…

The Art of the Large Landscape Painting

Failures are always a challenge. When I used to be a Secondary school teacher, I always learned more about teaching when I faced a difficult class than a nice docile one. They made me go away and think about what I was doing and how I could do it better. Painting is no different.

I have been thinking about the composition of larger paintings. When I used to think about painting a scene I used to think in terms of “that’s a small painting, it won’t “stretch” to a larger canvas”, or “That’s a mountain, definately, therefore, it’s subject suitable for a large canvas”. I am parodying myself somewhat but generally, I have this feeling that small birds belong on small canvases and big landscapes belong on larger ones.

My thinking was challenged by a commission I did in the summer where a client asked for a very large version (120 x 90cm) of a relatively small painting (41 x 33 cm). So I scaled up and despite my anxiety, it worked. This was important as my confidence had been dented by a previous large landscape painting that hadn’t work out for me.

Painting of Gola, Donegal

Head over to enjoy Emma’s artwork and also her tutorial on composition, something that is as important to writers as well as painters: The Art of the Large Landscape Painting

Paintings of Gower Book

Buy the book Ebook and Print : Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Emma Cownie is a Gower and Donegal artist. Her work is featured in John Lewis.

Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff and London, I am a professional Swansea-based contemporary artist, specializing in oil paintings. I also spend part of the year in Burtonport, Donegal, Ireland.

All my life I have loved being creative – whether it was drawing and sketching as a teenager, drawing with oil pastels and screen print-making in my 20s and finally focusing on photography and oil painting in adult life. Find out more about Emma: Emma Cownie Artist Donegal and Gower Swansea

And the last post today is from a new travel blog that I have been introduced to. Although most of our travel is armchair these days, I still love to visit exotic locations vicariously. This post is from Deventuretime

Top Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Ah, Chiang Mai. A beautiful city located in the North of Thailand, filled with gorgeous temples and activities for all ages. You can check out an elephant sanctuary, try out a cooking class, head out on a hike, or simply wander through the city and you will surely have an incredible time.

If you wander the streets of Chiang Mai, you’re bound to find many beautiful temples!

The food was absolutely incredible everywhere I went, especially in Chiang Mai. From Khao Soi, to Pad Thai, to Spring Rolls hot and fresh – there were so many different dishes to try! As a vegetarian, it can be tricky to find good restaurants in Asia. I’ve put together a list of my favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai to visit on your trip!
1. Ming Kwan Vegetarian Restaurant

By far the best and most affordable vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai is Ming Kwan Vegetarian Restaurant. This cash-only hole in the wall restaurant is located in Old Town near Wat Phra Singh Temple, serving rice and noodle dishes. This is where I had the best vegetarian Khao Soi I’ve ever had in my life. It was so good that I went back 3 times in 4 days, along with my meat-eating partner who was equally as passionate about the Khao Soi. The best part about this place is that the dishes are 25-40 baht (~$1 USD) each!!!

Head over to discover more restaurants in Chiang Mai and also to browse the archives for more exotic destinations:  Top Vegetarian friendly restaurants in Chiang Mai

About Deventuretime

Avid adventurer, travel blogger, and experience seeker. Starting each morning with a desire to see the world through a different lens.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

14 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday February 5th 2020 – #Blogging Brigid P. Gallagher, #Painting Emma Cownie, #ThaiFood Deventuretime

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  2. I agree with Brigid about cleaning up our blog for the presentation and navigation friendly for the readers. Great job, Brigid. I do watercolor painting so I could relate to Emma’s message. I haven’t been to Chiang Mai, but I have been to Bangkok and I love Thai food.

    Thank you for sharing these great read of the posts, Sally.

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  3. Emma’s landscape in oils is beautiful and brilliantly created. She is so talented. Brigid’s book, “Watching the Daisies Grow, Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is another art form and brilliantly created. Thailand and Asian foods are my favorite food choices as they are the healthiest on the planet and so delicious.

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