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Alice Sheridan sketchbook

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…
Painting detail Alice Sheridan

How do you learn to take your art to the next level?

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When I first decided I wanted to commit to making art full time, instead of going back to my graphic design career, one of the first things I investigated was whether I should be applying to do an MA in Fine Art. Because that's what you need…
Chiswick House lantern festival

Using a filter for what see, and what we choose to see

Sorry - this isn't a post about using Instagram filters! Just a view on how we choose to see the world, and why that's so important (especially these days) The beauty of a misty morning seems to appeal to everyone and recently we have had…

Taking time to prepare for new work

To create art you have to accept that a certain amount of the time you spend will be wasted. You have to show up and do the work anyway, knowing that the first three hours you may spend going in circles. But you also know that those hours…

Waking up and tuning in

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I'm not going to lie - getting back to school routine this week has been hard. Getting up in the dark is not my idea of fun. Add a bit of a cold wintery weather into the mix and I would far rather be tucked up under the duvet for a gentle start…

The story of a painting; Unearthed

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Ever wondered what happened on a painting before it was finished - how it looked along the way? I wrote a while back about knowing when a painting is finished but sometimes it's hard for me to remember where it began, and quite how many stages…

How to make your own charcoal and bistre ink

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Making my own charcoal and ink sort of falls in line with stuffing a mushroom - life is too short. But on holiday we sometimes do strange things to fill time and make projects with children! It is a dream of mine to have a compact travelling…
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Artist's block...

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"This time I was sure it would be easier" - how wrong could I be? It's not unusual after getting ready for an event to have a bit of downtime. (That seems more forgiving than 'artist's block') Often it takes me time to get going again. A while…

Wanting art for your home that makes you buzz!

What we all want from art is much discussed… Is it something ‘to go with the sofa’ or something that makes us feel rested, or something that challenges us and makes us see things in a new way? Perhaps all of these. Certainly it’s different…