When I was younger I used to do a fair amount of creative writing. I used wonder up and down the landing as a small child imaging these large universes and they were my friends. As I got older I played around more with song lyrics and got a little more emotional in my writing. … More The stories behind the monsters
The senseless chatter continued to get louder as he played around with his hands. He attempted to drown out the insistent groaning of his gut, which demanded attention. To the right a steamy window was trapping him in as he was dragged by the swaying motion of the bus. To the left was his escape, … More Derek’s Story
Autism Awareness Week is swiftly approaching and along with a series of blog posts I will be raising money for National Autistic Society through my online art store. The NAS is the leading UK charity for autistic people and do wonderful work for many individuals on the spectrum, including myself. They have given me many … More Raising money for the National Autistic Society!
My artwork has been a platform for discussing my mental health with other for years now and I have had varying different therapies to help me along through life. While my mental state hasn’t been “cured” I have been able to gain a better perspective on it and I’m often aware why I’m feeling a … More My mental health and CBT
A lot has happened in 2016 in the world of Haydn Gardner. Unfortunately I started the year in a rather bad depressive period but despite this I was pushing myself to undergo the beginnings of Messy Miscreation. I started the year attending a course to start a business with the Princes Trust. I had a … More Goodbye 2016, Hi 2017
As an adult on autistic spectrum, I have experienced a lot of mental health struggles. In fact my artwork is based around our perception of mental health. I paint monsters. They are about the struggles that many of us experience in our lives. I started using mental health as a theme because I felt strongly … More World Mental Health Day (My experience with mental health)
Whether you like it or not, Pokemon Go is everywhere. If you go into any town or city you will find people out and about catching Pokemon on their phones. It is the latest fad that has everyone hooked and like everything popular, it can get bad publicity. The unfortunate side to this game is … More Pokemon Go! and anxiety.
During June I went quiet. My artist social media was barely touched and my studio space empty. My work is centred around the relationship we share with mental health and unfortunately mine got the better of me. A combination of things led to this hiatus and none of it was planned or could be escaped. … More Stress, Anxiety and the grinding of teeth.
This week marks the five year anniversary since I finished my studies in sixth form. It was in my final project that I started to paint monsters like I had always wanted to. I believe this is when my style began and shaped what it is I paint today. To celebrate this there will be … More Sale on the MessyMiscreation store!
This weeks Spotlight Sunday will be covering the painting known as Liz. This particular painting was created in March 2016 and was one of the first paintings on perspex that transitioned from acetate. Perspex feels completely different to acetate and the ink dries with the colour remaining vivid and strong. The other positive was it … More Spotlight Sunday [Liz]