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Talking titles with Alice Neave

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Of course, with the same first name, how could I resist? I first met Alice a year ago at The Other Art Fair and we've been in touch since then via Instagram (her and me).  We recently had brief exchange about the importance of titles for abstract…

Sea Fever: Where is your favourite sea view?

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Discovering your favourite art and artists can be a tricky business. You can visit art fairs and meet the artist or see what your favourite gallery has to offer but it's good to see innovative ways to bring art buyers and artists together. So…

My Secret Sauce

Every month I talk to my friend Judith. She didn’t start out as friend, but by now we have both vented, cried, laughed, talked politics and replied to messages later in the evening than would usually be considered polite. I feel she knows…

Nicholas Wilton's CVP - is it worth it?

I joined Nicholas Wilton’s CVP (Creative Visionary Path) programme in March 2016 the first time he ran it. Why? I knew I needed something else to elevate my art practice. I had been looking at learning how to improve my website, or should…

Want help finding the right art?

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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...!

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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…

Secret Art Prize: the story behind the painting

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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

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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

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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…
Art work entitled 'Ace, 1962' by US artist Robert Rauschenberg during a press preview at the Tate Modern in London

Endless combinations: Rauschenberg restrospective

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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!

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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…

Stuck in the middle with you!

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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…