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Sentience in a splash of colour

Lindsay Lewis on using watercolour to show that each animal is an individual

When did you learn to paint?

Art has been an interest and a wonderful source of therapy for my entire life. I have always been artistically inclined, but found I did not thrive in formal art classrooms or when given much instruction on my creativity. Thus, I have self-taught in a variety of mediums by trial and error. I began to play with watercolour paint, the medium used for a large portion of my current work, about two years ago. With each painting, I develop more techniques and tricks. One of the great things about art is that it is a lifelong learning process. You never say, “Ok, I’m there. I’ve arrived and am the best artist I can be now.” There is endless room to grow.

Which artists inspire you?

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I recently attended a lecture on The Magic of Writing by Adrian May. As a writer, it is interesting to hear other people talk about their experiences, their frustrations and the little quirks which make us all unique. I, for example, like to prepare my research in advance when writing a ‘long read’. Sitting with my research on one screen, a dauntingly blank document on the other and a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea, I can start writing. To the infinite amusement of the rest of Vegan Life HQ, I also like to listen to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack as I write… it is my quirk. It occurs to me that we, as vegans, are all as unique as writers, with our own quirks, experiences and frustrations. We recently began featuring a monthly debate in the magazine and I have been thrilled at the width and depth of responses we have had to our questions. This month, we put truffles on the stand. A plant based, naturally occurring product that many vegans abstain from, and others adore. Hearing the contrary views of fellow vegans reminds me that, although we are all striving towards a common goal, we are all taking different paths there. This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Will Gould from the band Creeper. Creeper has won multiple awards including the Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer and is using its growing platform to speak about issues close to its heart, including veganism. I am also extremely excited to share my experience from a private screening of an incredible film called Down to Earth, which is set to be released on 14th September 2018. Find my review on page 102. Finally, we have an article on the dairy industry from Viva! on page 48. 60 per cent of people are unaware of exactly how milk is produced and therefore this is the perfect article to give to a friend or family member who still drinks cow’s milk. As ever, please feel free to get in touch. Olivia Middlebrook Editor