Last Thoughts on the Monochrome Challenge

My last thoughts on the monochrone challenge are that it was fun! I produced a lovely series of small paintings that I am pleased with as examples of fresh, spontaneous abstract work. What else came out of the experience? Well, it was a bit of a distraction over the summer. The challenge is an exampleContinue reading “Last Thoughts on the Monochrome Challenge”

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”

Sticking to the knitting – or how to build an arts business

I wanted a comparable arty phrase but couldn’t come up with one, so sticking to the knitting it had to be.  What am I talking about?  Being focused and keeping with a plan, or how I have gone about building an arts business. I’m an emerging artist.  I have been a painting for about eightContinue reading “Sticking to the knitting – or how to build an arts business”

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”

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”

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?”

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!”

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