Studio Notes II January 2017

During my twenties (and after an unsuccessful application to Art College) I had a huge gap of around ten years where I did not create any art at all. Nothing. I had been a good art student at school and whilst don’t have a single piece of art from that time, I...

Studio Notes – January 2017

For a while now I have been writing daily pages as inspired by Julia Cameron. I don’t necessarily do them first thing in the morning but generally after breakfast and before I begin working for the day. Last week I had a few wonderful, productive days at my...

Forever a student – Painting big in Spain!

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. (Abigail Adams) One of the most important things I did last year as far as my art goes, was to take some time to be a student again. After teaching for the last three years I was...

Cheerio 2016!

Looking back on 2016 and what a year it was …. We made the life changing decision to move 200 miles North from the city to a small town a mere 10 minutes drive from the sea – this was us on our first weekend in our new home – hailstones on the beach...

New Ecourse – Portraits – Your Art, Your Way

I am very excited to be immersed in creating my brand new Ecourse – Portraits – Your Art, Your Way. Whilst Unearth Gather Create and Drawn to Expression included a variety of subject matter from portraits to still life to landscape, I have been wanting to...

Working on a new Series – #1 Introduction

One of the most satisfying and productive periods I have had in recent years of creating art was when I worked on my body of work We all Cast Shadows. This was a theme and a collection of work that I had had bubbling around in my thoughts for a long time before I even...

Studio Update – Drawing to paint better

Following on from my last post where I wrote about how important ‘drawing for the sake of it is’ in my practice, I was also thinking last week about how important drawing is as a tool for improving my painting skills. I often think that drawing as seen as...

Studio Update – A time for everything.

Studio life is grand! Whilst the last month or so has flown by (don’t they all?) I have been managing to get down to the studio lots. Outside … not so much but that is okay. I used to think I could do it all at once and after years of trying, the penny has...

Plein Air Postcards – A beginning

Now that I am settled here in Northumberland and working on creating a new routine, the choices facing me in my working week can seem endless. With an office space at home, my new studio a short drive away and the infinite number of places to go to be inspired, I am...

My new Studio

It finally happened – Ten days ago I moved into my new rented studio space and after a time of unpacking and organising I had my first few working days there last week. I had been looking for a studio space to hire since moving to Northumberland at the beginning...