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...

The Living Studio

I was honoured to be asked a while back to make a contribution to the Living Studio – a free video series on the inspiring creative network by Jeanne Oliver. The whole philosophy of The Living Studio as Jeanne describes it is to have the chance to …...

Settling in to a new life

It is hard to believe we have been living here, in Northumberland for almost five weeks now. Of course the first few weeks went by in a blur of shifting, unpacking and procrastinating over cardboard boxes and in truth we are not quite there yet. But the house is...

On the move …..

  Whilst things are a little bit quiet here on my blog, website and in my social media world it is certainly not the case in my real life! I can be a little all or nothing about posting consistently but for now there is a very good reason and that is that we are...

Art Inspiration – Elisabeth Frink Exhibition

Recently with all of the teaching I have been doing and as I embark on creating a fresh, new body of work (more on that later) I am ever more mindful that I need to feel fed, inspired and full artistically. I have a desire to see and experience more art, to sit and...

Wonky eyes and charcoal smudges

It seems so long since I have shared any of my own work as many of my recent posts seem to have been about teaching and classes and e-courses. Whilst Autumn is without a doubt my favourite season, these weeks since I returned home from the US seem to have been...