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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"…
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…
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…
viewing at an art fair

Why you shouldn't be scared of a creative detour

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Any creative journey is a strange balance between knowing where you are going and being open to new things along the way. On Thursday I headed off to see the Works on Paper show which is currently on at the Science Museum in London. A lot…

3 tips to plan your best year yet

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It can be so easy to get caught up in daily life, let it wash over you and then suddenly think "Where did that time go?" Whether it's a family or demanding job that take your attention, keeping your mind on a longer term vision can really…

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…

Drawing on your surroundings

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I've just come home from a glorious weekend in Dartmoor; blue skies, fresh grass, the English countryside at its best. Great for an afternoon relaxing with a book, but not so good for me looking for new inspiration for paintings. It can feel…

Find your secret starting point

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Almost a decade ago I was a frustrated artist. At home with two small children I just never had the time to pursue what I wanted, and I couldn't see anyway I could make it possible. It was simply beyond the realm of my possibilities; no time…