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…

Peter Lanyon Soaring Flight

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"It is impossible for me to make painting that has no reference to the very powerful landscape in which I live" spoke Peter Lanyon in 1963. He was painting at a time when American Abstract Expressionism was taking over the contemporary art…

Christmas Art

Being invited into someone’s home is always a treat. So I was thrilled when I was invited to join a group of local artists and makers to join their pre-Christmas art show. It always takes a fair bit of effort to bring these events together:…

Using a large sketchbook to explore materials

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Shaking things up is a great way to inject some new energy. Over the last year I have fallen into the habit of using smaller sketchbooks; usually ones that fit into the pocket of a waterproof jacket. So I deliberately bought a large sketchbook…
Alice Sheridan abstract watercolour sketchbook

Sunday Sketchbook experiments

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This morning dawned another grey and misty day on Dartmoor. Dartmoor mist is beautiful, but preferably not when it's supposed to be August. Listening to the radio I heard A.L. Kennedy describe this August's skies as "grey as a shark's armpit"…
Watercolour drawing in the sketchbook of Alice Sheridan, drawing on Dartmoor

Rain after a drought

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So far it's been a crazy summer - the sudden opportunity of a trip to Japan... the day after the open studios finished, swiftly followed by a family holiday to Turkey and then taking the children to Italy. Those of you who follow me on Facebook…

The blank page

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This is not really what you want to see when you peel a print back from the press... Oops! Practically a blank page. The plate had been inked and wiped, rolled with a second colour and fine paper cut and glued for chine collé... and yet…
Alice Sheridan 365create aprilcolour abstract painting

Discovering new colours

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Do you find that you are always attracted to the same colours? It may be colours you choose to wear, or to decorate your home. If you are a painter you will almost certainly have a colour palette that feels personal and natural to you. Some…
Alice Sheridan 365create aprilcolour abstract painting mixed media

Burnt Umber, Manganese Blue and Hansa Yellow Light

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Burnt Umber Manganese Blue Hansa Yellow Light My first colour choice was completely random. Although nothing is really random so something must have directed me... Ok then... Burnt Umber: because it is a staple colour and I needed somthing…
Alice Sheridan 365create abstract painting mixed media

Colour mixing for April

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My life needs simplifying! The first two months of #365create I have taken a random approach; a drawing while out and about, photographs, parts of larger paintings, getting ready for the Studio Show... And while this gives a good glimpse…
Alice Sheridan figure drawing study of head resting in hands

Trust in emergence

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Any drawing is a process of interpreting what you see rather than what you think you see. Our brains are so strong in their collection of pre-conceived images that it can be hard to filter out what we know and instead draw what we are really…