Taking shape and passing things on

The end of a drizzly half term day. The children have been squabbling and I have been quietly getting on with a job that has been waiting two years; making blinds for the bathroom. Suddenly I was thinking of my grandmother. Often as young…

Christmas Art

Being invited into someone’s home is always a treat. So I was thrilled when I was invited to join a group of local artists and makers to join their pre-Christmas art show. It always takes a fair bit of effort to bring these events together:…

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…

Do you really want art to be a bargain?

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So did you get caught up in the Black Friday mayhem last week? The consumerist Christmas binge day when we're all encouraged to bag a bargain. Or did you remember that a bargain is only good value if you really wanted it in the first place? Whenever…

Escaping

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Sshh... don't tell anyone, but yesterday I skipped printing and went to the cinema instead. During the day... I know - how wonderfully decadent! What luxury. But why on earth would I choose to miss an activity I love doing? Surely making art…

Studio tip: from zero to hero

Sometimes it can feel a big jump making the transition from a sketchbook up to a 'proper' painting. So what to do when you want to get from zero to hero? One of the ways I have used in the studio to bridge the gap is to work on a set of 'improper'…

Following the music

Are you guilty of encouraging your children to try new things and yet ducking out of activities you love yourself? This morning I met with other mums at my son's school to talk about the upcoming school events. Early next year is an Anonymous…

Scheduling time for art

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How do you find time for making art? If you find your creative output grinds to a stop as domestic life takes over, you are not the only one. Finding time can be hard to do, but this is my solution.... hope it helps. Last week was the usual…

"I wish I could draw"

Ask any grown-up and they have often decided that they are either creative or not. Sometimes this happens even younger; from childhood we start to build our own self-image. I wonder what it would take to change that perception? Guests to…