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 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 …

Learning Oil Painting

My journey into oil painting continues. Rather than fussing about, I decided to start from scratch – as if I knew nothing (I knew very little). I found this website with tutorials (I purchased the course but then found the tutorials are actually on his website for free which is a bit confusing but I suppose I at least have …