Wednesday, 15 December 2010


I've just finished and delivered my latest Pet Portraits commission, "Barney" :)


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Radio City

I go away tomorrow for a couple of days visiting a friend, but today I had the opportunity to record an interview with Radio City about myself, Art and ME. It will be played sometime between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday 5th December, so do listen in!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Pet Portraits


Do you have a pet? Be it a dog, a cat, a rabbit... or some other wonderful creature that helps make your house a home? Well, I'd love to paint him or her for you! You have more than one? Well, then I can paint them all! There are so many different options available to you, and me (or my husband!) would love to spend time discussing them with you, to create for you a piece of art you can treasure forever.

Prices vary depending on several factors, such as the size of work you want, how many pets you have and the style you want it in. Generally prices will start from about £30.

I work from a photograph (or multiple), which you can either provide yourself, or we can take for you. I am based in Wirral, and if you live in the North West region myself or my husband can arrange to come to your house and take appropriate pictures for you, for a small fee.

The various styles that I currently offer can be seen in the pictures above:

1. Acrylic paint on canvas - impressionist style
2. Acrylic paint on canvas - mixture of impressionist and detail
3. Acrylic paint on canvas - highly detailed
4. Watercolour paint on quality paper - impressionist style
5. Watercolour paint on quality paper - detailed
6. Pencil drawing

For a small extra cost, watercolour paintings and pencil drawings can be provided in a mount, or framed ready to hang.

All pieces come with a free booklet detailing the journey your art work has taken to reach the finished piece - this may include the original photograph, any pencil sketches undertaken, and the final piece as I transform it from a blank slate to your personalised piece of art.

I would love to hear from you if you are interested, and we can discuss options to suit your requirements!

Winter's Art Market @ St George's Hall & ME/CFS


Yesterday we were at the Winter's Art Market with Feel Good Fair at St George's Hall, Liverpool, organised by Open Culture. I want to share with you not only a bit about the market, but also about how I coped as an ME sufferer. I don't talk about my ME much here, but I think this is an important topic, and having shared some of my story with customers yesterday, I would like to share it here, too.

The market itself was a buzz of activity. From when we arrived just after 9, til when we left just after 5, there was a really positive atmosphere. It oozed creativity, there were over 100 stall holders alone! There was Christmas music playing all day, and the buzz of voices echoed around. I saw more people than I have all year, and had some wonderful conversations with utter strangers - about the content of my photographs, my health and my education. It was lovely to engage in this, as I have suffered from anxiety for years, and to be able to interact is something I am really pleased about.

The interest in Pet Portraits was huge, and has spurred me on to complete that section of this website. Many people were also interested in my photographs, and the shop will hopefully be launched within the week! I believe I was also interviewed for Kensington Community Radio - do send me a message if you heard it - though I have to say I have no idea what I said ;)

Anyway, me and my husband suffer from ME/CFS. This is a chronic illness, with symptoms as diverse as extreme fatigue, constant aches and pains in muscles and joints, gastric problems, headaches and sore throats, sleep problems, and cognitive difficulties. Just climbing the stairs can be a marathon, so doing the Arts Market was... Well, excruciating! Due to having major sleep problems, just waking before midday is a challenge, and getting up at half 7 after less than 4 hours sleep wasn't easy. Sitting in an upright chair without head support was exhausting, and I borrowed my hsuband's walking stick to be able to stand and converse with people. I disappeared for a massage at the fair for half an hour as I have an extremely bad back which the NHS won't fund help for. I had to call in my father-in-law to do all the loading and unloading in the morning and evening, as neither of us can lift anything. And when we returned home before 6pm, we were only able to throw a pizza in the oven, and curl up in bed to eat it. Neither of us could stand, my husband was collapsing, and we were too fatigued to talk and in too much pain to move.

So why did we put ourselves through doing that? Because it is my dream to be an artist and photographer, and the only way to make it happen is to get into the world and show them what I'm made of. I put a grin on my face and lift my voice so they don't see the pain inside. I hide the bandages on my legs which help me stand up. I disguise my inabilitiy to hold me head up with scarves. I hide heat packs under my clothes to ease the pain. For people to see my work, the pain is worth it. It's now the afternoon after, and I have only moved to go to the bathroom. I don't know when I will make it downstairs today - we will have to move at some point to eat. This is life with ME. This is why I can't work, this is why your commission may take longer with me than someone else. But know that I will put my heart and my energy into it, and I will reach perfection no matter what it takes. It's not a pity story, it's an insight into my life.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


Something that always shocks me, is when art events - of varying kinds - have bad graphics on their flyers etc. As far as I'm concerned, if there is one event which should have good graphics it's an art event, as it represents the quality of the work being displayed.

I was talking to my husband about this last night, as he is very good at looking at things with a different perspective to what my brain has locked on to. He pointed out, that just because someone is an artist, doesn't make them a graphic designer; just because they can use a paint brush, doesn't mean they can even switch a computer on. Being brutally honest, this was a revelation to me. Why? Well, graphics are integral to my art, my photography, everything. I am a jack of all trades, a master of none. I dabble in art - in various mediums, photography - in various styles, craft, and graphics. I don't know any of them inside out, like a specialist would. But I do all of them to a high standard, and I am able to intermingle them.

So how did I become like this? Why am I not just focussed on one creative path? Honestly, I think it's because I was influenced by my family as I've grown up. Let me explain!

My maternal Grandpa was a carpenter, even with heavy disabilities. I will never forget climbing all the dark twisty stairs in his old house up to the attic. It overlooked the River Mersey, which was always fascinating. But it smelt of wood, and it was full of tools and a lathe. It was amazing. A creative space.

My paternal Nan was an artist, and oil painter. She painted landscapes, scenery, animals. I remember going into the back room of my Grandparents house to see the latest project she was working on. All my famiy have works of her art up around their house. Me? Well, yes. But the piece I have was the piece she was working on at the end. It is maybe a third finished, it that. There is a beautiful wintery sky, and no more. It's in my art room, my inspiration to move forward.

My Dad is the creative type. An author, for one. He lectured in DTP, and knows graphics. He typesets and designs books. He has a collection of old printing presses - you can see my adventures with the Arab Platen here. When I was younger he always had a camera in his hand, and encouraged me to do the same. He bought me my first camera - a yellow one free with 4 Kodak films at Boots, and all my subsequent ones - an APS, my first digital camera, then the Samsung NV7, the Samsung WB5000 - until now. (My EOS 550D arrives this week!!) When most people were given a project at school, along the lines of "design a poster, in French, advertising your favourite TV programme" (I think that was Year 7!), they'd load up one of those Microsoft progammes, paste a picture in and put words around it. We didn't even have Microsoft. I'd load up Photoshop and Quark Xpress. I'd assemble it properly. It had to pass my Dad's eye before I could print it off. Sections had to be lined up, gaps had to be equal. No special effects here, just clear crisp graphics. I often found it a pain at the time, but it gave me the graphic designers eye, to know when something looks Right.

My Mum will deny any idea of being creative, and call herself a scientist. But she does embroidery, tapestry, knitting, and makes clothes. "It's just following patterns." But it's still a form of creativity. It's because of her I can mix these mediums with my work, and i am desperate to get a sewing machine and tailors dummy. It was also my Mum who let me cover the dining room table with my painting stuff as a young child (and it was my Dad who, by my teens, had moved me to the pool table, and then my own art desk in the spare room - they wanted somewhere to eat dinner again!!)

My brothers are an interesting mix of the scientist and the creative, you could almost say they create science. Mark's wife however is an artist, and she is an inspiration for achieving the work she has with ME. I will never forget Chris painting his GCSE Art either... And he went on to do a photography course, which helped inspire me to follow on.

Caroline, my sister, has probably been one of the bigger influences, in all honesty. Another ME sufferer (along with Mark and his wife), she lived with me until I was 14. She had her own card business, she painted, and she is one of these people who sees an idea and says "I can do that". She has no fear of trying new techniques. I remember tie-dying, silk painting, batik, using Fimo, fabric painting, foam stamping, rubber stamping, embossing... So many techniques I can't list them all! (Even sitting there for hours peeling off the back of double sided sticky tape to help her makes cards!!) We even have an enamelling oven to set up. I may not do much of any of that anymore, but it really enriched my young artistic life.

It hasn't been easy though. I think when you're in a family, and they've seen you grow up, it's hard to take a step back and realise what your "youngest daughter" or "little sister" has become. I'm not sure if my family have got their heads round it yet, that I am trying everyday to live my dream. I spent so long in my life being told, by various people, that I couldn't make it as an artist/photographer, and I definitely wouldn't make money. But I'm trying everyday. And one day I know I will succeed. My husband supports me unwaveringly, and if there's one thing which pushes me forward when there seems no way, it's him. He is an amazing muse, and he has ideas when my mind just fails. Without his parents none of my photography would be printed or framed. They'd all still be sat on my computer screaming for light of day!

Really, I am an accumulation of all my family's talents, all these influences. And I quite like being an eclectic mix of talents, each of which I can throw into a project as necessary.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Liverpool Academy of Arts Christmas Open

These two are currently in the Liverpool Academy of Art's Christmas Open exhibition 2010!

You can find them at:
32 Seel Street
L1 4BE

From tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd November) until Thursday 9th December, 12-4pm.

Do pop in, there is a great array of different mediums and styles, from rocking horses to fused glass work, photography, acrylics, pastels - everything!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Winter's Art Market @ St George's Hall

I found out today that out of 200 applicants for 125 places, I got a stall at the Winter's Art Market at St George's Hall!! Put the date in your diary now! :)

Monday, 25 October 2010

Wallpaper Cards


The other week my parents gave me a gorgeous roll of wallpaper from their first house, in the early 70s. It is so lovely, and after covering my wardrobe in it, I decided it would make some beautiful cards :) They are A6 in size, with various layers of pearl card/paper and different colours of paper and card. I added embellishments with glitter pens and pearlescent paint, and I think it really sets them off :)



Back in September, my brother got married down at Sheldrakes, in Lower Heswall, Wirral. Earlier this year, they requested a painting from me as a wedding present, and who was I to decline?! On 21st June, Summer Solstice, me and my husband were down in Lower Heswall, and I managed to capture some beauitful shots of the area in a lovely late summer evening light. One of them (as can be seen in my old laptop in the photos) was my inspiration for this painting. They received it yesterday, and they're thrilled with it, and now I can share! Considering I started it in late August, this has been quite good going for me!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Painting Now by Kate Fielding & Luminosity of Light by Simon A Yorke @ The Corke Art Gallery

Last night me and the husband returned to the Corke Art Gallery for the private viewing of their next exhibition as part of the Liverpool Biennial. This exhibition features Painting Now by Kate Fielding and Luminosity of Light by Simon A Yorke. Fielding's paintings are huge canvasses, truly abstract in form, with paint thickly spread on. It is not until the artist herself starts to point out a park bench here and a cat there that you can truly start to see the world through her eyes. At first glance, the paint appears haphazardly applied, then you look closer, and there is such detail expressed.

Moving out of the main rooms of the art gallery, and into the hall, the office, and the dark barely lit back room is moving into another artist's head. Yorke has been a buddhist for 18 years, and his paintings built up of over 100 layers of paint show his journey with his faith, and his explorations of life. The pictures are full of light, colour and movement, and we stopped a while to talk with his parents about the meanings behind them.

If you like abstract art, this is an exhibition of two artists with local roots which is well worth seeing - you've got til Saturday!

Oh, and I Found A Pound!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

"'Outsiders' In" @ The Corke Art Gallery


If you're in the local area you're sure to know that the Liverpool Biennial is currently taking over the Liverpool art scene in it's normal fantastic way.

Yesterday, me and the husband called in to the Corke Art Gallery on Aigburth Road to catch the last day of the exhibition "'Outsiders' In", featuring work by many famous worldwise street artists, including the likes of Banksy.

I love discovering art galleries like this one. It's not in the most direct of places for me, but it is well worth the trek. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and the owner Nic is chatty and seems so enthusiastic. Photography is welcome, which is great for people like me, and the space is clean and bright, even when packed full of great art.

I'm just going to comment on a few pieces of work which stood out to me...
This is my second exhibition of work by Banksy, and a gorilla poster from his Bristol show made an appearance!
Bestie's "Day Out at Nurenberg" caught my attention for the use of accetate over painting - it produced fantastic outlines, and is a technique I intend to implement myself.

SPQR's "See No More" is another piece which caught my attention. I love the fact that this style of art works on canvas, and I love the fact it's in an exhibition. It just screams to the world of the complaints about graffiti, whilst also making such a point about how the country is watched itself. Yet on canvas in a gallery is so far away from being caught on camera on the streets!
And I won't deny a tear caught in my eye when I saw the Superlambanana in that state - can you imagine if someone did that to George?!

Nic has put some photos up on Facebook if you wish to see more...

Monday, 13 September 2010

Piazza Art Market at the Hope Street Feast

I am pleased to announce that Creative Chaos has a stall at the Piazza Art Market this Sunday, 19th September. There will be prints of many of my photographs for sale, along with postcards, and the release of my latest project, "Pet Portraits". I would love to see you there, as there will be art to suit all tastes and styles :) You can find out more information on the Metropolitan Cathedral's website.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Welcome :)

I can't quite believe Creative Chaos is here on BlogSpot, having always been an LJ person! But yes, it is here...

I hope to use this blog to connect with other artisits, and people interested in art and photography. I have some exciting new priojects over the coming months which I would love people to be involved in!

If you want to get a feel for my art do check out my website. Hopefully I will remember to post future blogs and projects here too!

About Me :)

Hi, I’m Helen Morris and I’m the artist behind Creative Chaos Art. I’m 22, and based on the Wirral, England. (You may know me by the name Helen Burnley, as I was involved in several big art projects before I got married!) I suffer from M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and so things like studying for my Art Foundation have had to be put on hold until I'm a bit more able!

During this time away from education I am channelling the energy I have into developing myself as an artist. I am exploring as many pathways as I can, so as to learn from different areas and different people and create my own style, and my own unique ideas.

My main focuses are painting and photography. Painting tends to be varied just now, but my primary medium is acrylic on canvas, with some mixed media. Photography is an area I am constantly experimenting in, pushing every boundary there is, however my heart will always come back to macro and sunsets!

I have also recently developed quite a love for crochet, especially with it being something I can do without having to sit up!

I maybe see beauty where others don’t. I view things from a different perspective to most, and I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What do you see when you see a derelict building, or a piece of rust? Decay, destruction, something unpleasant? I see beauty. I see colour, texture and inspiration. I hope my work can open your eyes to beauty in unusual places.

Why Creative Chaos Art as my outlet? I am creative, right to the core of my soul. I believe this world was chaos, and was created into what it is now, something beautiful, and inspiring. I take something chaotic, and I create it into art. Something to be enjoyed, appreciated, and to inspire others.

Thanks for visiting, and do look around!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

George Returns!

If you've been following this blog, or my art in general, you have probably been wondering "What happened to George?!" - I certainly was! Just over a week ago an email landed in front of me, with news that he has returned to the Lady Lever! I, of course, jumped right in the car with my fiance and went to see him. Apparently he had been on display, but due to being unsecured he had had a bit of an accident and was now locked away. A very kind person unlocked the door, and allowed us to spend some time with him. He has suffered some scratches, and I am hopeful to touch them up soon. George has been bought by Phil Redmond (the man behind Brookside, Grange Hill, and Go Penguins itself) and he will be on permanent display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in the near future. And he has raised a wonderful £750 for ME Research UK!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

George at the Lady Lever, and a Thank You

Well, with George being sold this week at the Go Penguins auction, it seems only right to post a few thoughts.

Firstly, I cannot thank people enough for their support throughout this project. Especially my fiance, my family and my friends, but also other people who have come forward with words of encouragement. Thank you to everyone behind the scenes - at Go Penguins, at the secret location, at Wild in Art, and everyone else involved. Thank you to the press for the amount of coverage given to this wonderful art project. And thank you to everyone involved at the Lady Lever. Not only for choosing my design in the first place, but for their constant attention to George. Everyone at the gallery have looked after him so well, and me and George really appreciate that - I know he has enjoyed his time there :)

Thank you also to everyone who has stopped to think. "Do I look like I have an invisible disability?" ME is in the media a lot just now, and I believe every little thing brings more awareness and understanding to the world on invisible disabilites. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to look at my website, and contact me as a result of this, and I hope you have come away with more knowledge on the subject.

This has been a truly wonderful project for me, and I am looking forward to hearing where George will travel to next.

I am also hoping to be involved in future art projects, such as Rhino Mania in Chester this summer.

I spent a lot of time in the Lady Lever during George's stay, and it was lovely to rediscover somewhere I would visit in school holidays as a child. Please click here for a few photos of George in situ at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, especially for those who were unable to visit. Enjoy!
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