Welcome to ‘wonderingmind studio’ – I’m glad you found your way here.

This is my online cubbyhole, where I keep together assorted evidence of my creative life. It’s part website, part blog. I hope you’ll have a look around and let me know what, if anything, you find useful.

I’m known as an artist but I consider myself more accurately a maker, or perhaps an artisan. I paint, yes, but sometimes on canvas, sometimes on silk or handmade papers. I also collage, print, weave, stitch and dye, on whatever materials best suit the task in hand and express the idea in mind. I’m more interested in what unfolds as I question possibilities than in producing a certain kind of art product. My brain thrives on a mix of curiosity and wonderment, which means my expressions are of a very eclectic nature.

I’ve written in more detail about the way I work in my artist’s statement. Also see the info page, and the portfolios page.

My work in education has been a significant and hugely rewarding part of my professional life. I’m now retired from formal teaching, but still enjoy mentoring and offering workshops – see the creative retreats page. My e-books – empty canvas : wondering mind – a series of 9 workbooks, including over 200 visual language activities, object-art activities and projects, are an ideal resource for teachers and students at all levels of practice; you can download the PDF files here for free.

From time to time I also turn to another favourite form of creative expression: I put down brushes and take up the pen – see the writing page. There are many other goodies related to creativity on the resources page.

What I love:

Making things. Marvelling at the way the stepping stones form under my feet when I’m walking the via creativa without fear of the unknown. The joy of watching students awaken to their authenticity, both in visual language and in the big artwork of Life.

And last but not least – the unknowable Bright, the silence behind everything thought, experienced or created. In another age I might have been called a mystic, but I’m much too greedy for Life to be a true contemplative. Everything I hunger for is right here under my nose, in the everyday moment-by-moment miracle of Creation. Not even under my nose – it’s inseparable from this matrix called ‘me’.

To give that immensity expression in a way that beckons, touches and embraces viewers with an ineffable yet tangible blessing – that’s what really interests me.

– Miriam Louisa Simons, 2016

new at the blog

Pigments… from ancient recipes to ‘modern’ colours

Dogen on painted cakes and hunger. Again.

how was it for you?

just DO!