If there’s one thing in modern art making which drives me crazy, it’s the notion that artists should keep to a fixed colour palette in order to be recognisable or consistent. Historically the colours in paintings may have been limited by available pigments, or relative cost but these days we have so much available and […]

Why does starting again feel so hard?

Painting should be an enjoyable process. It IS an enjoyable process - overall! But every stage also bring its doubts. Beginning a new series is full of potential; new ideas waiting to be discovered. I find colour often leads the way, endlessly…

How Studio Space Affects your Work as an Artist

3 months ago, in September 2019, I moved into my dream studio. It's 550sq ft with big windows and white walls. I've been painting at home for almost a decade so this feels rather miraculous. I've looked a few times before for studio…
Nicholas Wilton lesson on design and value

Are you just painting and hoping?

You know that feeling when some days you paint and it's great? Then other times it just doesn't work so well? Would you like more of the first and less of the second? We are mid way through an amazing free workshop offered by Nicholas Wilton…
Nicholas Wilton You're making a painting first

Find your path to making authentic art

Making art starts with the basics of form: colour, line, value, design. We need to become fluent in using these if we want to make art which takes this basic vocabulary and turns it into poetry. Nicholas Wilton joined me for this discussion…

Four ideas to help you make a better painting

We all want to make better paintings, get absorbed in the process of creating art and then stand back and discover a masterpiece. Often it doesn't work quite like that! We can get swamped in the middle stages and easily lose our way, or even…
Split Fused painting by Alice Sheridan Zoffany fabric

Paintings in good company

So excited finally to share this! One of three 'secret' projects which I have been keeping under wraps since the end of last year when I was asked to lend paintings for a Zoffany photoshoot. I love these experiments - there is no payment involved…
Starting large abstract paintings

Starting abstracts with black or with colour?

Facing a large white panel or canvas can be daunting, but once I get started I actually love this first stage of painting. With nothing established, there is nothing to lose and no risk.  Usually I begin by making marks with black - it's…
Art quote

Can you Kon Mari your studio?

This time of year always sparks a desire to freshen things up a little; often accompanied by a need to declutter and tidy my home and art studio. This year I've been accompanied by the #sparkjoy approach to decluttering of Marie Kondo who…