Smoke 11 painting Delphine Lebourgeois

Sea, sand, red wine and escaping the craziness: Nicky Bullard's recipe for creativity

MullenLowe Group UK chief creative officer reveals her creative inspiration

By Nicky Bullard


AKA Broadstairs. We bought a lockdown lock-away, that’s 80 steps from the pub and about 100 steps from the sea. On an occasional Thursday evening, I walk down the sloping hill from the train station towards the horizon and the closer I get the clearer my head gets – the lid just lifts. Dickens came here to write. John Buchan came here to write. The Clangers were born here. And a couple of miles down the road Turner learnt to paint his skies. There’s a magic and peace to this place. Wish I’d found it sooner.

Red Wine

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This Picture

This picture by Delphine Lebourgeois, called Smoke 11, hangs on my living room wall and is a constant inspiration and aspiration. To have moments like this when I can pop up out of the craziness. When the layers fall away and the ideas start to come.


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