Journeys End 1995

I’ve finally uploaded the song texts and paintings to my final autobiographical exhibition ‘Journeys End’ here on my website (it’s on it’s own page). The exhibition was held in 1995 after which I didn’t exhibit again; I no longer draw or paint any more for public consumption. At some point I will upload the audio recordings of the songs. 

Sometimes even a writer is lost for words

For about a year before I retired I’d been mooting the idea of treating myself to an old classic convertible. I had one years ago (An Emerald Green Triumph Spitfire which I loved but traded in for a caravette when our then dog Bodie became poorly which I used to take him on a last holiday to the Lake District).

Today my fab son in law Dan took me into an old barn on some excuse and said ‘Happy (early) 60th birthday’ pointing at something. It appears he and my lovely daughter Benita had bought me this Rover convertible in British Racing Green and he had spent months stripping it down and restoring it.

With the engine running and John Lennon coming through the sound system I was left speechless. I’m totally humbled but very very proud to have such a loving, thoughtful and generous family; although Dan still needs to finish off the car (put the seats back in) he had no option but to show me the car today as he has to move it out of the barn as the farmer needs the storage space. After the past few weeks I’ve had the surprise was a wonderful tonic; thank you so much Dan And Beats. X x love daddy x x

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Private Journey

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Between 1989 and 1995 I went through a period of reflection during which I had quite heavy counselling; the past seemed to have caught up with me and I wasn’t in a good place. At the time I was well known in the press for my artwork and so my counsellor suggested I used my art skills to depict my feelings. Over a period of about a year I sketched at bedtime on bits of paper and the backs of envelopes and this collection is the result. ‘Private Journey’ became the first of three exhibitions I would stage, the second being ‘Journeyman’ and the last being ‘Journey’s End’ in 1995. I haven’t exhibited since. I deliberately haven’t given these sketches a clean up because I prefer them to remain in their raw, organic state.

Through my work over the years with vulnerable adults and children I have often encouraged people to use their creative skills as a way to address some of the pains they have experienced in life and have become a firm advocate of Creative Arts Therapy. As time goes by and I continue to develop my website I will, at some point, come round to uploading the other two exhibitions as (like Private Journey) they are a major part of my biography. Meanwhile if you would like to see this collection please click on either the link below or the one above x

https://spailpinfanac.com/private-journey/

‘Feelings’ Bingo for children.

Print off eight copies preferably on card. Keep 4 cards as they are for the players – then cut the other four up and put the pieces in a bag. Pass the bag round, players take one piece out of the bag each time it comes round to them. Players demonstrate the feeling then place the piece on their card. If a player picks a piece they already have they must put it back in the bag and give the bag to the next player

Play for four corners (win a sweet) a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line (win a sweet) then a full house (win three sweets). These prizes are just examples, you may want to choose your own.

Enjoy 🙂

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A children’s game to help them manage their feelings

For some time I’ve been trying to design a game to help children manage some of their negative feelings and finally settled on this one. Up until today I didn’t know whether it would work or how it would be received because I’d never tried it out (other than inside my head) but today I bit the bullet and ran it out for real. I’m thrilled to say it was a runaway success and because of that I hope to use the design again with other concepts.

The aim of the game (of up to four players) is not dissimilar to the standard Ludo game whereby the winner takes their counter from the start to the finish although the concept is slightly different in that each coloured path represents a day -from getting up (on the white square) to going to bed (on the pink square). Along the way players may land on purple squares which indicate one of four moods: sad, angry, tired and bored. When landing on these squares the player can choose to do nothing and miss a turn – or address their feelings and choose (a card) to do something about it after which they can move forward a square. At the end of the game the players can see the negative feelings they have had and how they have dealt with them; of course the winner is the first one to get back to bed and may receive a small prize such as a sweet.

If you work with children who have difficulty managing their negative feelings and you feel my game may be of some help, please do feel free to use my template and adapt it to suit the youngster you’re working with. It’s simple to make and can be tweaked to suit quite easily, but let me know if you need any help. Good luck 🙂

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A children’s board game about feelings

I’ve recently been working with children who struggle to identify how they feel and how to cope with their feelings. To help me to support them I’ve begun developing a board game designed to address 4 of the emotions – happy, sad, bored and angry – and look at ways they can manage these. In my mind the game works really well but I guess the proof of the pudding will be when I try it out for real later in the week. Watch this space….

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