A practical, hard working, no-nonsense but extreme eccentric, my mum has long frowned on art as a waste of time and an embarrassing activity that people who are bad at everything else end up doing.

However, today she put in her words what it means to be creative as follows:

‘You produce something no one else has thought of. Eventually you will do it. Accumulate all these good ones. Improve, improve, improve. Many years you observe when young. Make mistakes, give you insight to improve. Every time you improve. Next one, next one, next one, don’t know when. 80, 90 year old still think not perfect yet, still got a lot in there. This is what drive you.’

Nice words! Here she is doing Tai Chi in winter with a crazy assortment of clothes on…

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