Category Archives: Art technique

Feeling your ideal audience

At the heart of this journey as an artist & writer, I’ve been telling myself I simply don’t need an audience to be whatever it is that I am, to do what I do (and, on one level, its true); … Continue reading

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Losing my mojo

We all have moments when we lose our mojo, our sense of knowing why we do what we do, our reason for getting up and getting on with things in the morning or working towards certain goals. When we suddenly … Continue reading

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Portrait of the artist as a young woman

This year, I set myself a new goal – to master the art of portraiture – and so I set to it in the early weeks of January. What resulted (and this one is not of me, I hasten to … Continue reading

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Is “art commission” an oxymoron?

Art is fluid, art is inspired, art doesn’t know where its going until it does. When I’ve finished a work of art, I could never hope to reproduce it as I could never retrace the zillion steps that took me … Continue reading

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Painting progress

To get from blank canvas to finished work of art, we need to make some sort of progress between the two and yet it is a word that should not to be confused with “process”, something I’ve tended not to give … Continue reading

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Painting backgrounds – a weekend of art films

For two hours, or thereabouts, on Saturday I was held utterly absorbed by a film and, straight afterwards, held interested enough to avidly cross-reference what I had just seen with some reading until bedtime. The film was called ‘Effie Gray’ … Continue reading

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Love swept

My final painting of 2014 felt like it had saved itself up for last at the end of a year that was all about shift and transformation. This one came directly from the soul and took on an almost surreal … Continue reading

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The winter garden

A garden I know so well, from a different season…and here it was, dressed up in its winter clothing. There’s something eerily magical about a sleeping garden in mid winter; you can almost sense all that latent energy pulled deep … Continue reading

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Ten (painting) days in December

As the final month of the year approached, and my urge to take a step back from the long, super-intense painting process of my bigger work took hold, I decided to do something extremely light-hearted as a countdown to Christmas … Continue reading

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When time stood still in Provence…

We knew we were in France again as soon as we started seeing the electricity pylons that look like giant cats with whiskers. The second clue was the distinctive jingle that always plays (loudly) out of the French railway station … Continue reading

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