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Filling empty spaces with new intentions

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The children rarely hop up and down with excitement when it's time to take the Christmas decorations down. There is a hesitation to say goodbye and fewer volunteers for this job than the excited unwrapping of the lights and re-discovery of favourite…

Secret Art Prize: the story behind the painting

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Exciting news that my painting 'Breakwater' has been long-listed for the Secret Art Prize run by Curious Duke gallery. UPDATE: Voting has now closed As always with a gallery display, this just shows the final painting and I know you like…

Video diary: location sketchbook tips

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It's just so good to take yourself to new places and get new stimulus. Sometimes we have to be responsible for filling our own idea 'pots' but it can also be great to be led by others. I've really enjoyed three days in the beautiful Yorkshire…

What happens in my artist day

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It seems as soon as I have a rhythm to my day, it changes!  When I first started painting again when my children were younger I found the day could so easily get swallowed up with the luxury (? I know! ) of doing domestic tasks in peace and…

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…

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…

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…