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…
Alice Sheridan at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 2016

Making a selection - work on show

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  It’s always exciting to see the empty walls of art fair stands transformed during the day into a show with a rich variety of colour and styles as artists hang and arrange their work. It was my first time exhibiting at Windsor…

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…

Barbara Rae sketchbooks to inspire

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This week I have been looking again at the sketchbook work of Barbara Rae * - if you don't know her work you are in for a treat! Which materials are right for the job? Finding the right materials to work in sketchbooks can be a search.…

Art for charity

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I'm often asked to donate work to help raise funds for charity and, where I can, I love to help out. So I was pleased to discover that at Reading Contemporary Art Fair they have a section where exhibiting artists are asked to provide a painting…

Peter Lanyon Soaring Flight

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"It is impossible for me to make painting that has no reference to the very powerful landscape in which I live" spoke Peter Lanyon in 1963. He was painting at a time when American Abstract Expressionism was taking over the contemporary art…
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…

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…

Learning from the story of Matisse

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I know everyone has been raving about the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition which is currently showing at Tate Modern but I have to admit I wasn't that tempted. Matisse isn't one of my favourite artits; although I love the simplicity of many of his…