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Robin Redbreast

‘Robin in the Rain’, (watercolour study), ©Kat Healy, 2023

It’s fair to say I’ve painted quite a few robins this season. We had not one but two robin watercolour workshops in the village this November; such is their popularity.

Robins…

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The White Reindeer

‘Reindeer in the Snow’, (watercolour study), ©2023, Kat Healy

According to Sámi folklore, the white reindeer is often seen as a good omen or a spiritual sign, with their appearance in traditional art, poetry, and music symbolising purity, hope, and…

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Winter Solstice

‘The Holly King’, watercolour by Kat Healy ©2023 Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when published
The Year's Midnight
GILLIAN CLARKE
The flown, the fallen
the golden ones,
the deciduous dead, all gone
to ground, to dust,
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Ripening 🍓

‘Dream Angus’, performed by Kat Healy and Thilo Pfander / © Kat Healy 2023

List' to the curlew cryin', Faintly the echos dyin', Even the birdies and the beasties are sleepin', But my bonny bairn is weepin' weepin'

~ Dream…

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Ripening 🍓

“This is a case in which I need more than words to find the meaning. This is a case in which I need whatever it is I think or believe to be penetrable, if only for myself.”

—(Joan Didion, The

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Ripening 🍓

©Kat Healy 2023 / Gran Clark, Mum, Moy & Kate, Celle, circa autumn 1983
Weihnachtsmarkt with Mum
KAT HEALY
Celle, Weihnachtsmarkt circa December, 1984.
Gingerbread swings from wooden stalls.
Sticky hands scoop sugared almonds.
Plumed hats cast winter shadows.
Steam
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Fault Lines

‘Kat Healy’ / Photo by Jannica Honey

There are fault planes buried within us. Active, waiting to shift.

Sometimes, a rupture is so seismic it razes us. All we can do is fight to rebuild and steady ourselves through the…

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Curlews & Creating with Confidence

Curlew Study (watercolour and gouache), by Kat Healy, 2023

Autumn is upon us, and I’m making headway with my VACMA project, ‘Cry of the Curlew’. I’ve spent the summer studying and sketching Curlews, getting to know them as subjects and…

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Cry of the Curlew

Good news! I'm delighted to share that I've been awarded the Visual Artists & Craft Makers Award (VACMA) by East Lothian Council. The award is a devolved funding scheme in partnership with Creative Scotland to support artists' creative practice.

The…

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"Hearts Starve as Well as Bodies"

Bread & Roses

From the archives! Kat Healy and Karina Smillie, a live session around one (beautiful) mic at Slate Room Studios in Pencaitland, 2020.

It’s always a pleasure to share a song with women, and singing with the very…

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Tibbie Shiel's Inn

Hello from the road. Well, not quite. I was meant to be up north, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to abandon plans and find myself taking time out closer to home.

St Mary’s Loch, Selkirk

I’ve never ventured…

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Madonna

Witch, Oil Painting, Wellcome Collection (Public Domain)

“I can confirm, women with long grey hair can make people anxious.” (Mary Beard, 2021)

Madonna Ciccone does not have long grey hair (currently), but she does make people anxious.

I’m not here…

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