Using black and white for stronger paintings

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Making two paintings just using black and white as a tonal painting exercise seemed a natural progression of my new contrast project, even if it is way outside my normal colour comfort zone. What did I hope to learn? Our eyes see high contrast…
the 100 day project

100 days of contrast

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After a bit of a break over Easter, there's nothing like a challenge to get you kick started on some new work so when I saw the 100 days project was about to begin again I was ready. This idea was started by @ElleLuna on Instagram: do something…

Art for charity

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I'm often asked to donate work to help raise funds for charity and, where I can, I love to help out. So I was pleased to discover that at Reading Contemporary Art Fair they have a section where exhibiting artists are asked to provide a painting…

Painting finished - that's it right? Wrong!

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Put your brush down - this painting is finished… and you’re done! But not so fast; even once the creative work is complete there are many other task between finishing the work and getting ready to show. This week I have had to draw a…
Showing texture detail on painting by Alice Sheridan

Can you develop your style as an artist?

A question I seem to have come across a lot recently is how to develop your style as an artist - both as questions from others and as I think about my own art work. I have a slight issue with the word 'style' when it comes to creating art of…
Kandinsky quote about colour

A yellow week for spring sunshine

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This is the week that spring has sprung! Walking on Monday morning the sunshine was welcome on my face and it made realise just how long it had been since I had felt that warm glow - and how GOOD it felt! Funny, how sometimes we don't know…
abstract landscape painting by Alice Sheridan display at Laveli

I'll have a coffee, and that painting please!

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What happens when a piece of work is finished? Sometimes, if I'm not ready to let it go, it stays a while. But the ultimate joy of making artwork is to see someone else fall in love with it, so much that they want to keep it and enjoy it forever. So…

Taking shape and passing things on

The end of a drizzly half term day. The children have been squabbling and I have been quietly getting on with a job that has been waiting two years; making blinds for the bathroom. Suddenly I was thinking of my grandmother. Often as young…

Curating or creating?

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I wonder if any artists know in advance how their painting will look at the final outcome? I certainly don't and as I start this new year I'm even more unsure of the direction my work is going... but perhaps with a stronger vision of what I'd…