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 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 …

New material – new daily portraits for July

I began another series of daily portraits last week – planning again, to do one for every day this month of July but switching to a different material this time. I wanted to do something that would be a bit quicker than painting as I have lots of other work to get on with this month so I decided to …

What my current daily practice is teaching me.

“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice reduces the imperfection.”  Toba Beta Considering where I was in terms of ‘getting to the easel’ little more than a month ago, it might feel a little premature to be talking about how this daily practice of creating ‘a face a day’ has transformed the way I work. But the process has been so exciting …

A face a day in June – Acrylic Portraits on Paper

All finished! Thirty portraits in acrylics on paper – one for each day of the month. This is the first daily challenge I have ever completed and I am so over the moon to see them all together. (You can read more about the journey of this project here, here and here) This project began as a way to get …

Painted portraits – How Dr Pepper helps me get to the easel …

The daily portraits continue on and as I suspected would happen (as I have discovered many times in the past) the decision to just get to the easel becomes easier and easier the more I do it! No surprises there then … I often think how crazy it is that I even forget this – at how, from time to …