art projects and exercises, art ideas to try

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…
Instagram Alice Sheridan

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…

Using black and white for stronger paintings

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Making two paintings just using black and white as a tonal painting exercise seemed a natural progression of my new contrast project, even if it is way outside my normal colour comfort zone. What did I hope to learn? Our eyes see high contrast…
the 100 day project

100 days of contrast

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After a bit of a break over Easter, there's nothing like a challenge to get you kick started on some new work so when I saw the 100 days project was about to begin again I was ready. This idea was started by @ElleLuna on Instagram: do something…
Showing texture detail on painting by Alice Sheridan

Can you develop your style as an artist?

A question I seem to have come across a lot recently is how to develop your style as an artist - both as questions from others and as I think about my own art work. I have a slight issue with the word 'style' when it comes to creating art of…