Talking Paint

"Painting is silent poetry & poetry is painting that speaks." Plutarch

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I'm Vivien Steels. Thank you for visiting my 'Talking Paint' website. Please do take a moment to leave a comment. (NB Your email address will not appear with your comment.)

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Reply Pamela Gant
11:58 AM on January 7, 2018 

Hi Vivi. Love the website, artwork and poems. Very uplifting. 

Reply Patricia Beeton
7:48 AM on December 30, 2016 

Hello Vivien, I have just read your new book of poems Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees.  The poems are a pleasures to read. They show your heart felt understanding of all aspects of nature and human emotion.  A little tear came to my eye when reading 'Honey' which is a beautiful tribute to a beloved pet rabbit. what a talented lady you are, not only produce such lovely words but to be able to illustrate them with such beautiful artwork. X

Reply ★ Owner
3:45 PM on January 18, 2016 

Hi there, Kate*

Thank you for stopping by & looking at my painting of All Hallows' Church, Gedling.

Best wishes, Vivi xx


Reply Kate Farnsworth
1:33 PM on January 18, 2016 
Had a look at your picture of All Hallows' it's lovely 😀
Reply ★ Owner
11:48 AM on April 21, 2015 

Hi Katie*

Thank you for visiting my website & leaving a lovely comment.  Glad you like my paintings & especially 'Spring Blossom'.

Best wishes, Vivi xx

Katie says...

Hello Vivien, absolutely love your paintings! Each one is so intricate and delicate. My favourite has to be the cherry blossom with the handsome little bumble bee. 

Look forward to speaking to you soon! 

Katie (from the barber shop) x

Reply Katie
9:08 AM on April 21, 2015 

Hello Vivien, absolutely love your paintings! Each one is so intricate and delicate. My favourite has to be the cherry blossom with the handsome little bumble bee. 

Look forward to speaking to you soon! 

Katie (from the barber shop) x

Reply ★ Owner
5:10 PM on April 10, 2014 

I have just added two sections of comments above, which were lost when I moved to my new Guestbook!

Reply ★ Owner
5:05 PM on April 10, 2014 

Paula Puddephatt:

Hi Vivien,

How are you? It felt like a long time since we were last in touch, so thought I would stop by and look at your poetry site. If you're on Facebook, then it would be wonderful to connect with you on there. I still write but no longer publish my work in small press magazines, which I can't afford. I have recently started to read some of my old small press magazines again and still appreciate your poetry on a deep level. Love to you and Ian, your furry friends, etc. Did we have cockatiels when I was last in touch? Lost the linnies and both canaries, but still have some budgies and finches. xxx



Arwyn Quick:

Dear Vivien

I have only just discovered that Mandy accidentally put a few of your cards in with mine when I collected them from Muse Gallery.

Lovely work: especially the fiord scene.

Will post them on, if you could supply your address.

Yours in art,

Arwyn Quick




Hello Vivien,

Being an artist myself, I am particularly interested in your artwork, it is beautiful. Hope your are feeling well. Enjoyed your website immensely.



Reply ★ Owner
5:00 PM on April 10, 2014 


Paul Morris:

Heard a lot about you from Ian, we will have to get together sometime and I can tell you stories about what Ian used to get up to at school!!!

Great website,




Steve Ross:

Vivien, It is a lovely web-site and a wonderful example of what can be achieved. The butterflies are friendly company. The paintings are cheerful bright and breezy with interesting content.

Good luck with your creative writing and lokforward to seeing you again. Best Wishes for Christmas and much luck in the New Year, Steve x



Sheila Howard:

enjoyed looking at your website vivien .loved malkie. thankyou for your card. hope to see some donkeys on here soon. love and best wishes sheilax




beautiful work! enjoyed my visit...



Linda Barron:

Hi Vivien

What a lovely surprise to receive your card with this web address. I have read some of your poems, what a delight they are. I hope we will meet again one day. Take care Linda (White Stables Cattery) x



Louise Whilde:

Hi there, I live just opposite All Hallows Church and came across your painting of it. Lovely! I would love a print of it! x



Reply Linda Howard
6:36 AM on October 25, 2008 
Hi Vivien A lovely website, a pleasure to look at your paintings and read your poems. What a talented lady you are! Look forward to seeing you soon, Lots of Love Linda xx
Reply Sharmagne
1:17 PM on October 19, 2008 
What a treat! Thank you for the link. Please let me know when your interview is posted. and please don;t forget about us over at! We miss your beautiful poetry!
Reply Ishvara
10:47 AM on October 15, 2008 
Hello Vivien, I think our new website is absolutely marvellous. I would echo other people who especially like your Native American paintings and I was very touched by your poem about childhood. Blessings, Ishvara
Reply Chris Nicolaides
2:35 AM on October 15, 2008 
The new website looks great and your art & poetry are wonderful. Keep up the fantastic work! Best wishes, Chris
Reply Paula Puddephatt
4:38 AM on October 13, 2008 
There wasn't supposed to be a space in my second website title, quote last entry. My name is all one word. Love to you, P. xxx
Reply Paula Puddephatt
4:36 AM on October 13, 2008 
Hi there, Vivien! Hope you're well. Your new site is looking great. I will visit again soon, for a more in-depth look. Love and blessings always, Paula. xxx
Reply viviensteels
3:04 AM on October 13, 2008 
Hello there. Lovely to read all your comments. Thank you for visiting Talking Paint. I am adding material all the time and hope to add a webstore page, so do come back to visit. Hi Gill, no, you aren't able to turn off the two 'flitting' butterflies!! I don't think they're too intrusive, as they only waft across the screen occasionally. Love to everyone, Vivien xxx
Reply Gill Hawkey
2:45 AM on October 13, 2008 
Hi Vivien! Nice to hear from you because I don't think that we'll be meeting in class this year. I haven't had time to look at all of this fabulous website yet, but will look forward to perusing it. Not so keen on the butterflies flitting, for me it distracts from full enjoyment of your work. Is there a way for the reader to switch them off? Much Love Gill
Reply Christine
6:34 PM on October 12, 2008 
Hello Vivien, I am very impressed with your website. Your paintings of all things North American particularly appeal to me as I have seen them 'in the flesh'and know their authenticity. Thank you for givng others the opportunity to see them in this way.
Reply Aurora
1:42 PM on October 12, 2008 
Vivien, what a beautiful, artistically designed site! It is a treat to visit here. I shall be back often.
Reply Barbara Wadd
12:41 PM on October 12, 2008 
Hi Vivien. I like the new website. It's easy to navigate and i love Maukie the virtual cat. Not as nice as mittens though! As ever, I love both the paintings and the poetry. My favourites are the painting of St Edmund's Church and the poem "Give me a pen".
Reply Melanie
12:13 PM on October 12, 2008 
I love the richness and variety of Vivien's poetry; it comes from a big heart and speaks to me of someone who has a reverence for life and its fragile beauty. I very much enjoyed the 'Home from Home' collection.
Reply Esmond
8:08 AM on October 12, 2008 
Hey,hello,Vivien. Nice to see that you are as creative as ever! Nice site!