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…
"Art is never finished, only abandoned"

This is the end my friend

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I know he was a genius but I have to disagree with Leonardo da Vinci. Apparently he once wrote; Art is never finished, only abandoned. ...which strikes me as a rather defeatist way of deciding when a piece of work is complete. But if getting…
365create with Alice Sheridan Day 20 photowalk

Collecting colours on a photo walk

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If you expect 'being creative' is the same as being productive you are expecting too much. Part of the process is simply a conscious awareness. An awareness of surroundings and influences so that you choose which of these are relevant and which…