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?”

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”

Why Me as Your Coach?

Choosing a Coach If you are choosing someone to work with as your coach it is important to find someone where you have the “right chemistry.” Chances are you will be talking about areas of your life where things might not have gone so well, and sharing some of your most important hopes, aspirations andContinue reading “Why Me as Your Coach?”

First Steps Art Workshop: How did it go?

First Steps in Art is a one day art workshop for absolute beginners to art.  Firstly after all the snow we had been having we were lucky with the weather.  No snow and everyone had a relatively easy journey. Six people assembled on a Friday in Buxton to take their first steps into learning aboutContinue reading “First Steps Art Workshop: How did it go?”

100 Days Project

  So, I signed up. My 100 Days Project is to complete a collage a day for my sketchbook. In part this is because I’m currently signed up for a three month online art development programme run by Nicholas Wilton from Art2Life,  Creative Visionary Path (CVP).   It’s proving to be a fascinating, challenging, amazing experience. I’mContinue reading “100 Days Project”

How to know when to STOP PAINTING and take a break!

There’s no doubt that we can absolutely lose ourselves when we are painting. The experience of creating can be so compelling and interesting that we lose track of time completely. And, while its great to be so involved in something I also think that sometimes we need to stop, give ourselves a break to comeContinue reading “How to know when to STOP PAINTING and take a break!”

Free yourself

I’m thinking about new ideas in my work particularly how to join up the skills I have as a psychotherapist of over ten years and as a practising artist. Having been on my own journey of artistic development; from someone who hadn’t picked up a paint brush since “A” level I’m very interested in working with peopleContinue reading “Free yourself”

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