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”

Watercolours!!

Anyone who has read my blog may have picked up that I’m don’t really paint much using watercolours. I paint in oils and acrylic and I’ve been using pastels recently, but satisfaction with watercolours has so far eluded me.  I was thinking about this recently and it dates back to school.  I was using oilsContinue reading “Watercolours!!”

Doodling

I was in Sheffield this week and found a second hand book shop on Sharrow Vale Road.  I bought three lovely art book bargains, one on drawing for beginners that I thought might have some useful exercises for my upcoming workshops, one on painting outside as, although I sketch outside, I tend to work mainlyContinue reading “Doodling”

Afternoon pastels

I’ve been experimenting with working with pastels recently.   Getting used to the properties and techniques.  Here’s a colour study of some silver birch trees on Curbar Gap during winter. Dry pastel on cool blue grey paper 160g 30cmx22cm.  This is going to sit for a while now while I evaluate it.  I’ll be lookingContinue reading “Afternoon pastels”

Morning walks

My morning walks are a often a time of inspiration and thinking. Planning the day.  Enjoying the colours this time of year.   I love autumn, it often feels like its the last gasp of glory from nature before everything shuts down for the winter. Here are three photos from my regular walk along theContinue reading “Morning walks”

Art Workshop Programme 2016

I’ve been putting together my new programme of workshops for 2016 and as a result thinking about some of the comments people have made to me at times.   When I talk about painting I so often hear a response that goes  something like – “Oh, I’d love to, but I can’t draw”, or “SomeoneContinue reading “Art Workshop Programme 2016”