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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…