How to support your artist mindset.

Belief in Ourselves, or Believing Ourselves. Do you have belief in yourself? Or, do you believe yourself when you are repeating some unhelpful or critical inner dialogue?  This post is one of a number I will be writing over the next few weeks on how to support your artist mindset. I’m a member of aContinue reading “How to support your artist mindset.”

Colour, Collage and Texture Workshop

This post is to introduce my new Colour, Collage and Texture Workshop which i am excited to be running next year.  This workshop is all about painting abstractly and using colour, collage and texture in the work to create impact. It is a follow on session to my introductory session into Abstract Painting.  For peopleContinue reading “Colour, Collage and Texture Workshop”

Why Coaching – Five Reasons

I’m going to keep this pretty simple, I thought I would write a short post of my top 5 reasons why coaching can be useful and beneficial. Support Art coaching can support us so we don’t feel alone or isolated, struggling without help. Even when the work is going well sometimes we can feel thisContinue reading “Why Coaching – Five Reasons”

100 Days of Learning

Some of you might remember that earlier this year I signed up for the 100 Day Project. I was intending to write about the experience and interestingly it’s taken me a while to get around to it. Some of the delay is due to being busy over the summer, but I also think that itContinue reading “100 Days of Learning”

Art Books

I love books and I’ve quite a few art books on my shelves. Some are almost encyclopaedias of techniques with different media. Others more inspirational – examples of other artist’s work I use when I want to think about new ways of developing my own style of painting.  My collection reflects my development as anContinue reading “Art Books”

Are we over?

I sometimes find myself standing in front of a painting thinking,  “Are we over?” Artistic Process A little like a relationship that is no longer working, with our art do we need to ask this question?   Are there times we have to decide that a painting is not working and move on from it.  Or can we persevereContinue reading “Are we over?”

Falling in love?

Last night I fell in and out of love. With a painting. Creativity You may remember that I have recently completed a 12 week online art development programme (CVP) with  Nicholas Wilton, from Art2Life. One of his phrases about painting, and one that has stayed with me is  “Don’t fall in love too early” WhatContinue reading “Falling in love?”

Abstract Landscape Workshop: what can you expect?

We’ll be spending the day together at a lovely venue, The Old House Studio in the middle of open countryside about 3  miles from Glossop. We will begin with some simple ideas about how to compose abstract paintings, as well as spending half an hour looking at abstract work to get some ideas of whyContinue reading “Abstract Landscape Workshop: what can you expect?”

Open Arts: What a Scorcher!

Wasn’t it just?  Fabulous weather over the Bank Holiday weekend and a thoroughly successful show at Spring Bank Arts Centre in New Mills. We had a steady stream of visitors over the three days and a wide variety of artists and makers for them to meet and talk to about their work. The raffle andContinue reading “Open Arts: What a Scorcher!”

Preparing for Derbyshire Open Arts

I am in the throes of preparing for Derbyshire Open Arts which is happening this bank holiday weekend.  There are 6 new paintings upstairs laid out in my studio, with the varnish drying and I’m about to measure out a 9ft x 6ft space on the floor of my living room so I can planContinue reading “Preparing for Derbyshire Open Arts”

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