Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Warm Wishes for 2019 and Looking at the sky for few moments helps my mind.

Warm Wishes for 2019.

My list of new years resolutions is endless and if I keep a couple up then I'll be pleased with myself.
Here are a few to share with you, telling you about them will help me to stick with them. (that what I'm hoping)!

1. To continue with BBC's App Couch potato to 5 K and jog/run for 3 times a week as I have found I really enjoy it and it's helps my mind too.
2. To keep this blog going at least one blog entry a month.
3. Loose weight
4. More family time and me time
5. To paint more, as I feel this helps me to keep calm and puts a smile on my face.

This month I'm really busy doing a juggling act with a number of projects and as a way of escaping for a couple of moments to get comfort -I look at the sky more, On Sunday it was a really windy day and the clouds where moving really fast and the sky was changing dramatically every second-I suppose this is what it is like in my head during Psychosis, every second seems like a minute of thoughts and different lines, colours and shapes in my mind. The sky is constantly changing and never do we see the same sky again. I love the randomness especially this time of year at the end of the day. Recently I have noticed things in the sky, just before Christmas  I attended some Peer Support training in Matlock , during my drive to Matlock there was a beautiful cloud shape that looked like a large white swan flying across derbyshire, during my dark times  which I call my blips I draw a lot of birds simple line drawings of birds,, starting with an ugly duckling and then gradually turning into a swan. During Psychosis I feel really ugly, but in my drawings I thrive to be a tall White graceful swan. Memories of my childhood visiting Swan Lake in Erewash Derbyshire.  Watercolours are a delight to use because they're also are like clouds, you can never do the same painting again as the watercolours mix with the water differently every time- I love to watch the watercolours do there thing. 

Saturday, 25 August 2018

25th August 2018
©Kate Smith 2018

YAY! Hello everyone!  SO sorry it's been a long time as I've become a Mum and have been reflecting on my business and creativity over the last couple of years. So first things first I just wanted to share with you my new wording for my Drawing for Wellbeing page and I've got the painting bug again with a BIG Thank you to Angela Terris video on Instagram. Hopefully I'm going to to my best and post on my blog regularly.

A close up of a postcard painting I did last night. First I close my eyes and draw with pencil the lines and shapes i see in my mind, then I open my eyes, add water and let the watercolours dance as during Psychosis my senses are heightened and colour and sound become bright and intense.  At the moment I feel as I want to celebrate the vibrancy and positivity of Psychosis. 

©Kate Smith 2018

Drawing for Wellbeing Page on my website:

I specialise in 'Drawing for Wellbeing' Workshops as I have been diagnosed with a mental health condition ‘Acute and Transient Psychotic Disorder’.
During my relapses I can become highly creative and draw and record every moment of my experiences of psychosis.
Using the ‘Arts as Therapy’ helps me to cope with my illness and can help others with similar issues to have a platform for self-expression.

Workshop Experience:

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Volunteer Artist

2015 Volunteer of the Year Award Winner
I volunteered and facilitated Creative Workshops at the Hope and Resilience Hub based in the Inpatient Radbourne Unit in Derby and continue to volunteer as and when I can.

Freelance QUAD Artist.

Founder of 3C’s Chat, Chill & Create Art and Social Group in Erewash.
Kate Smith Designs is a creative partner and founding member of All Being Well Art based group working with Derbyshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Service.
Other Clients include: Spiral Arts, Fleet Arts, Homestart and Rethink.

Ambassador for Mental Health

Using creativity and the arts to raise awareness of mental health challenges and help to reduce the stigma I have been on BBC East Midlands Today and BBC Radio Derby and have been mentioned on BBC Radio 2- Talking about my experiences, creative story, community work and artwork using the ‘Arts as Therapy’

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

3C's! 'CHAT, CHILL & CREATE' A NEW Short Creative Course

3C's! 'CHAT, CHILL & CREATE' Is a NEW Short Creative Course starting in April for the people of Erewash in Derbyshire, more information to follow soon.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Been inspired today, the leaves are so yellow and beautifull !

I'm not sure how this blog is going to pan out and I hope you don't mind me using it as a diary. I wanted to share with you that I've been really inspired this afternoon after working with a group and the leaves on the trees are so yellow and colourfull. I have just treated myself to a large sheet of hot press watercolour paper and I have just had a wonderful time making marks on the paper at the back of my mind I thought this is really posh paper but I just wanted make marks and scribbles on the paper.
Now I'm thinking, shall I add colour? I think I will tomorrow when there is more natural light.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Sorry it's  little short notice, but I would like to invite you to our BIG DRAW Event Tomorrow! No worries if you can't make it, I just thought I'd keep in the loop!