Hello. I’m Sarah, the face behind The House With the Blue Door. I’m an artist and writer as well as the creator of soulful art journaling techniques and workshops. The House With The Blue Door is the name of my quirky wooden chalet on the Humberston Fitties in Cleethorpes – the open spaces in this area and distinctive landscape that inspired me to start painting during the Covid lockdown of 2020.
I have worked as a teacher, lecturer and journalist, but in September 2020 when I was made redundant I realised that I’d been given the perfect opportunity to do what I’ve wanted to do my entire life; work as an artist.
Everything I’ve done in my working career is now informing my artistic practice. My work based around sketchbooks, watercolours and ink. I learned calligraphy when I was child and ink pens inform my style and my writing – I love adding a calligraphic flourish to my paintings! I also enjoy collecting my work together in book form, which I did with my Cleethorpes Sketchbook – a collection of my paintings and sea-inspired quotes that celebrate the beauty of this part of the north-east coast.
As well as my paintings, I am also a practitioner of soulful art journaling. This is the daily practice of writing, creating, illustrating and recording. I was first drawn to this artistic discipline when I discovered that it really helped with my mental health. It’s a mix of bullet journaling, creativity and art therapy. I enjoy doing this so much and believe so much in its effectiveness that I now offer workshops so I can teach this technique to others.