Summer Sketching – Craster

The beautiful harbour cottages at Craster I have had a few much-needed sketching days around and about my local area despite the unpredictability of our ‘summer’ weather. Craster is always a favourite place to go and even though I have sketched there many times I will never get bored with this beautiful harbour that is set back in time. Simple, …

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 remember many of the pieces I created as …

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 …

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 and as happy as can be!! …

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 of February and with it being a rural area I …

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 starting to feel like home and with a bit of elbow …