Why Buy Original Art?

So, what is the point of buying an original piece of art? When you can probably get something much cheaper from (insert name of the home or furniture store of choice) and it can be changed as you update your paint colour. I’d like to share a different perspective. Original art is not just forContinue reading “Why Buy Original Art?”

Build Your Confidence Challenge

Are you thinking that you might be interested in building your confidence as an artist? In my experience confidence is often based on how we account what we are good at, how much our self-limiting beliefs and critical inner dialogue affects us, how we prioritise ourselves and our work, and how effective we are atContinue reading “Build Your Confidence Challenge”

On Capacity and Connectedness

This post is about some discoveries about capacity and connectedness that emerged from a recent period of struggling to paint. I’ve been having a tough few weeks. My art; often a refuge, delight and source of energy has not been going well. I have been feeling frustrated, irritable, comparing my work to others and feeling selfContinue reading “On Capacity and Connectedness”

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.”

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”

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?”

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