Meet my sister, Vandy Massey. One of those people who has a gazillion ideas a minute. Her grasp of financial maths is amazing – Her spreadsheets are works of art and a wonder to me (the member of the family who still counts on her fingers and toes). Whenever I have a geek problem (like trying to get this website set up) – I call my sister, because she understands computers too!


Malta 2010 - the beginning of the journey
Malta 2010 – the beginning of the journey


A couple of years ago she decided that her logical number and code crunching self needed a bit of creative stimulation, so she toddled off to France and attended a week of art classes with Mark Judson  and dabbled in all the media and materials on offer. I am not sure at which point she asked the innocent question: “What about watercolours?”. The answer was essentially: “Forget it, you’re a newbie, watercolours are the hardest paints to control”. But of course, being the person she is, she decided that watercolours would be her thing!

Her adventures have taken her to lots of different artists for tuition as well as workshops . Then she started painting, blogging and networking. She joined the 100 washes challenge with artists Maggie Latham, Jane MinterChristy Lemp, Suzanne Linfield, Theresa Evans  and Olivia Quintin and has continued to engage with artists all over the globe just for the love of creativity.

The Sentinel- November 2011
The Sentinel- November 2011

Let this be a lesson to all of us
Vandy connects people. Very often her blog post is not about her – but about another artists she has discovered, an exhibition or workshop she has attended, or a watercolour exercise that she has found useful. She is generous in her praise of other artists and is thrilled when they are successful. If you want a lesson in “give to get – in other words, by promoting others and talking about others, she gets talked about and is promoted as well – I suggest you follow Vandy and see how she does it.

She is almost annoying in her ability to run a business, investigate investments and,  Hey!  just throw some paint at paper in the moments in between.


And the point of this blog post?
Firstly: to reciprocate, for the many times she has mentioned me on her blog and on other people’s blogs – thanks Sis! Secondly : I received a postcard painted by Vandy last week and I realised that I now own three of her paintings. They clearly demonstrate the progress that this watercolour pilgrim has made in the last few years.
1. Tight and tentative
2. Confident
3. Loose and light

Now, if only I could get as good at spreadsheets, but then maybe not, they aren’t nearly as fun as art.

Pilgrim’s Progress
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4 thoughts on “Pilgrim’s Progress

  • May 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    How interesting to see my paintings in time progression like this – I wouldn’t have thought of looking at them like this, but they are very different.

    You’ve been more than generous with your description of my abilities, especially given that it was your work that inspired me to try my hand at painting in the first place. (Thank you).

    Now I may just have to challenge you to becoming spreadsheet-expert! 😀

    • May 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

      NOOOOOOO! 🙂

      And you are welcome! – look how different that all are and they clearly demonstrate your artistic development!

      Keep it up and we can do another comparison in a couple of years 🙂

  • May 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Vandy , a sincere friend and artist. I recognize her in your portrait Lori. Thank you for the mention of washing girls 😉 ! Amitiés.

    • May 14, 2013 at 10:06 am


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