A rather long story about a painting – from tantrum to breakthrough.

During the past Summer I took some time to be a student once again – booking on some classes at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. You can find my blog post about the Painting the Portrait class I did here. I also took another course which I had been planning to write about a wee while ago. This course …

Studio Notes – February

 A mark-making exercise to chase away the gremlins of worry and overwhelm. Mixed Media on paper 32 x 23 inches I feel a real shift happening with my work in the studio – dedicated time to work, space to create, making art without worrying about expectations. Whilst I will always have moments of procrastination and staring at the wall – the …

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 studio and I thought it would be interesting to also write my …

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 ‘secondary’ somehow and folks only need to look at my studio …

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 endlessly grey and rainy, unlike the crisp, colourful blue …