Poetic Mapping: Walking into Art. What does it mean? Well, it’s about walking, but not just physically. It’s about mapping, but not in the Ordnance Survey sense. It’s about mapping through feeling expressed through art. It’s about finding what and how to map. I’m talking to myself out loud. I’m writing to myself out loud. I’m making art to myself out loud. I’m sometimes singing to myself out loud.

I’ve been running this blog since 2010. Writing blog posts has improved my writing, art, mapping and even singing. I have a stash of flash fiction stories waiting to be developed. Importantly, I’m continually meeting and exchanging ideas and opinions with other arty folks; that’s inspiring and uplifting. Some of my bests walks are those I take into (and poach from!) other artists’ territories!

English: Birds' footprints Several birds have ...Bio: born and bred in Northumberland (the English side of the Scottish border, on the east coast. First class honours BA, Fine Art (1987); TEFL Certificate (TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language); various proofreading/editing courses; fluent in French; several years classical vocal training (ABRSM and Vaccai Method) in France and UK.

I’ve lived and/or taught, exhibited, in and around the UK, Dubai, Grand Cayman, France and the US.  I write articles and short stories, blogs, and am editing my manuscript of a first novel and writing a second. Mixed media artist. In my spare time (ha!) doing up a boat (Albin Vega) with my husband;  renovating an allotment to grow organic veggies and plants for their dyeing properties. I live in Rochester and Sidcup, Kent, (the Garden of England), walk and wander. I’ve sung soprano in a number of choral societies in France and England and solo (to date) for charity on two occasions.

37 Responses to About

  1. roweeee says:

    Hello Ann, Thank you for visiting my blog and I’m pleased to find yours. I have been blogging for three years and am finding it’s really improving my writing and storytelling abilities an d helped me to find and develop my voice…which is actually quite different to what I thought. I’m quite sensitive and yet there’s humour in that voice. Take care and best wishes Rowena

    • AnnIsikArts says:

      I’m happy to have found ‘you’ too Rowena. I can’t find a ‘follow’ button on your blog though. Where is it? My writing’s much improved since starting a blog, too. And I’ve ‘met’ a lot of really talented and inspiring people. :)

  2. Seth says:

    Hi Ann. Thanks so much for the note on my blog today asking about me teaching in the UK. Ironically I am in Harrogate today and this weekend teaching workshops. So sorry you didn’t know. I hope to be back here next year too!

    • AnnIsikArts says:

      Oh, no! And I have friends in Harrogate! I had a computer crash a while back when trying to upgrade to Windows 10 and lost a lot of stuff. Oh well. Do alert me when you’re coming next year. And where. :)

  3. Hi Ann and thanks for following my blog. I really eenjoy reading about your rambles and excellent Art. Regards

  4. milliethom says:

    Hello, Ann. I’ve just read your lovely comment on my FF post page. It’s good to connect with someone who recalls some of the same things as me. The information on your About page is really interesting too – not to mention impressive! You’ve ceratinly lived in a lot of places and are talented in so many areas. Thank you for following my blog and I’ll look forward to reading more of your work. :)

  5. Hi – Thanks for following my blog, am enjoying reading yours, many wonderful people out there in bloggerland.

    • AnnIsikArts says:

      I found you via Don Charisma’s blog. I was interested in your pre-cognitive dream stories. I have this sort of dream too. Recently, also, I have had dreams about a new friend which turned out to be past events in her life and environment. The dreams were very specific and so it wasn’t about ‘reading into’ them to find links. It raises interesting questions about the nature of the mind and space and time. I’m somewhat skeptical about tarot, crystals, astrology, but have an open mind. :)

  6. meenas17 says:

    It is a beautiful blog making lot of sense.
    I like your blog very much.
    Thanks for the follow.

  7. Taygibay says:

    Not my best but your nonetheless for that lovely sad comment :

  8. babso2you says:

    I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for signing up to follow my blog! Have a great day! – B

  9. As a follower of “A Way With Words”, you are invited to a domain warming party as I move to a new blog address. Click on this link –


    You’ll think you are in a parallel universe.

    While you are there, be sure to click the “Follow” button. Within the next week, I plan to publish exclusively from this site. Don’t miss out on any of the fun!

    • annisik51 says:

      Hello Tony, thanks for your invitation, which I rescued from my spam folder! I’m happy to follow you. I won’t agree with everything you write. And I hope you will also make fun from time to time of your own ‘sacred cows’. :)


  10. Merci de suivre mon blog. d–0.o–b

  11. AnElephantCant deny it
    He visits your blog and never gets bored
    He likes what you show him
    Just loves the above poem
    Especially that everyone can create their own Lord

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    Hi thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking the post “Deepak Chopra Quote” and the follow. I am enjoying your blog as well. Have a wonderful day. Betty

  13. ahmrita natural mental health says:

    Wonderful site! – and thank you so much for popping by on my blog. Lokking forward to your Deepak book review, I must admitt it is one of his books I have not read :)

    • annisik51 says:

      I think it’s funny that a book in which the vocabulary embraces words such as ‘neuropeptides’ can bring tears of wonder to my eyes and my jaw to drop! Ann

      • ahmrita natural mental health says:

        lol, but you are right, Deepak Chopra has a way of writing which resonates

      • annisik51 says:

        And more than that for me. As a visual artist I’ve always had a problem with the representation of ‘space’ and now I know that the reason was that I didn’t understand what space really is, which Deepak’s explains, in Quantum Healing. I have a bunch of paintings sitting unfinished which I can now resolve. It will be interesting to see how I can represent space as ‘intelligence’! Ann

      • ahmrita natural mental health says:

        I would love to see your work – do you ever put it up on your blog?

      • annisik51 says:

        There’s artwork at various points on my blog – try searching for Books of the Dead, for instance. And also my web site: http://www.annisikarts.com and also on You Tube. Thanks for asking!

  14. N Filbert says:

    happy to discover your blog and looking forward to more time here – we appreciate reading and viewing your work!

    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks for your appreciation! My late reply is due to a painful attack of Writer’s Block! I like your blog too and will be following you about in future. Ann

  15. Pingback: Reader Appreciation Award – Thank you! | COMBINATORY ART IN MOTION

    • annisik51 says:

      Hello and thank you for your comment. If you check out my latest blog you’ll see I’ve mentioned you. I look forward to the time when I can visit with your blog in greater depth. Ann

  16. What a fascinating site
    John Bainbridge

    • annisik51 says:

      Hello John
      Thanks for your comment! I’ve been following your blog for a little while. I should post a comment, instead of lurking.
      The quality of your writing is humbling. And I WILL join the Ramblers soon I promise. Just come back to the UK after many years living abroad.

      Kind regards


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