Visiting an art fair

, ,
Art fairs are a fabulous way to discover new artists and to buy exciting original art for your home, but they can also be overwhelming. I often see visitors wandering with a slightly glazed expression as there can be so much to look at. So…

Want help finding the right art?

, ,
Nadia Waterfield Fine Art is a leading art gallery near Andover, Hampshire specialising in contemporary paintings, sculptures and bespoke furniture. Coming soon is their bi-annual Art Fair which draws collectors and interior designers. Twice…

A sprinkle of fame...!

,
When I paint, I never know where a painting will end up. Sometimes I imagine the home it may go to, or a room I think it would be well suited for. Usually though, I'm just figuring out the painting itself. This summer I was asked by a stylist…

What questions do you have for me?

, ,
ukHandmade is an amazing online publication which features artists and makers from many disciplines - find great textiles, jewellers, potters, illustrators and artists. Actually it would be a great starting point if you want to buy unique and…

Secret Art Prize: the story behind the painting

,
Exciting news that my painting 'Breakwater' has been long-listed for the Secret Art Prize run by Curious Duke gallery. UPDATE: Voting has now closed As always with a gallery display, this just shows the final painting and I know you like…

Video diary: location sketchbook tips

, ,
It's just so good to take yourself to new places and get new stimulus. Sometimes we have to be responsible for filling our own idea 'pots' but it can also be great to be led by others. I've really enjoyed three days in the beautiful Yorkshire…

Exploring sketchbooks for abstract art

, ,
As my own approach to painting abstract art has changed over the last year, this has left me wondering where sketchbooks fit in with the whole picture... If sketchbooks help to plan alternatives, test compositions and colours, how does this…

What happens in my artist day

, ,
It seems as soon as I have a rhythm to my day, it changes!  When I first started painting again when my children were younger I found the day could so easily get swallowed up with the luxury (? I know! ) of doing domestic tasks in peace and…
Art work entitled 'Ace, 1962' by US artist Robert Rauschenberg during a press preview at the Tate Modern in London

Endless combinations: Rauschenberg restrospective

, ,
There is nothing like sneaking things in at the last minute. The Robert Rauschenberg retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern ends on 2 April. If you’re reading this too late, I apologise - go and look up the catalogue which is a hefty almost…
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Making it in against the odds!

,
12,000 people apply to the Royal Academy summer exhibition each year. They limit the applications and the limit is often reached much earlier than the deadline so you have to be on your toes! Back in January I chose two paintings I had…

Identifying what makes each painting unique

,
I find working on more than one painting at once helpful for a few things: • it stops me becoming obsessive and overworking one endlessly (hopefully) • it helps me to see an overall view of my work and how it's developing • working…

Stuck in the middle with you!

, ,
Right, I’ve got to the middle stages of a painting, and I’m stuck… These days my paintings begin with no fixed idea of outcome. I may make early choices about colour or bold shapes to get the surface active, but as the layers build…