Do you really want art to be a bargain?

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So did you get caught up in the Black Friday mayhem last week? The consumerist Christmas binge day when we're all encouraged to bag a bargain. Or did you remember that a bargain is only good value if you really wanted it in the first place? Whenever…

Escaping

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Sshh... don't tell anyone, but yesterday I skipped printing and went to the cinema instead. During the day... I know - how wonderfully decadent! What luxury. But why on earth would I choose to miss an activity I love doing? Surely making art…

Who's really in charge here?

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This week in the studio I began with some fixed intentions...  But it didn't go quite as planned... I was working on a commissioned painting that will be a birthday gift. It's making me pretty nervous as it is hard to predict which direction…

Studio tip: from zero to hero

Sometimes it can feel a big jump making the transition from a sketchbook up to a 'proper' painting. So what to do when you want to get from zero to hero? One of the ways I have used in the studio to bridge the gap is to work on a set of 'improper'…

Following the music

Are you guilty of encouraging your children to try new things and yet ducking out of activities you love yourself? This morning I met with other mums at my son's school to talk about the upcoming school events. Early next year is an Anonymous…
Are you nervous about your sketchbook, or not quite as productive as you want to be? Alice Sheridan shares a new way of thinking that will help you be more creative.

3 ways to boost your sketchbook

This weekend I completed my Sketchbook in a Day project: a whole sketchbook completed in exactly the same surroundings that I had found so uninspiring at the start of the summer. Yet this time I had no trouble at all finding things I wanted…

Exhibition news

Yesterday I delivered a piece of work that has been selected for the National Original Print Exhibition, to be held at the Bankside Gallery. Stone Calligraphy II is one of a pair of large plates (58 x 20cm) created by layers of hard ground…

Artists' blog hop

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When I was invited to take part in this artists' blog hop I thought what a great way of sharing ideas and building new links to other artists. You write briefly about the the person who invited you, answer some set questions and then introduce…

Scheduling time for art

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How do you find time for making art? If you find your creative output grinds to a stop as domestic life takes over, you are not the only one. Finding time can be hard to do, but this is my solution.... hope it helps. Last week was the usual…

"I wish I could draw"

Ask any grown-up and they have often decided that they are either creative or not. Sometimes this happens even younger; from childhood we start to build our own self-image. I wonder what it would take to change that perception? Guests to…
connecting with other artists online

Does online art leave you raring to go or feeling like a Chinese meal?

One of my hesitations about creating art is that it can feel a rather solitary pursuit. You have to be your own rocket fuel, judge, teacher, whip-cracker and cheerleader. (Insert slightly dodgy stock-library photography of your own choosing…
connecting with other artists online

Change your drawing style with new materials

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We all have our own personal way of drawing. I may admire other people's work and even aspire to it. But when I draw it always comes out looking like 'mine', like handwriting. This can be reassuring as you build your personal approach and…