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 […]

Scheduling time for art

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…
connecting with other artists online

Does online art leave you raring to go or feeling like a Chinese meal?

One of my hesitations about creating art is that it can feel a rather solitary pursuit. You have to be your own rocket fuel, judge, teacher, whip-cracker and cheerleader. (Insert slightly dodgy stock-library photography of your own choosing…

Change your drawing style with new materials

We all have our own personal way of drawing. I may admire other people's work and even aspire to it. But when I draw it always comes out looking like 'mine', like handwriting. This can be reassuring as you build your personal approach and…

French fail or future?

During my week in France I wanted to complete my challenge of a sketchbook in a day. I failed. Talking with a friend on my return, she said "I'm not surprised you didn't have much time to sketch on a family holiday; don't be too harsh!" And…

Sketchbook in a day challenge

I seem to be surrounded by articles and courses that all encourage you to do something everyday for 30 days. There's no denying that drawing everyday is a good habit to get into. Some of us manage it. Some of us don't. I'm not telling you which…
tonal exercise in sketchbook of Alice Sheridan

try this 5 minute drawing exercise

This exercise should help you simplify your seeing into drawing. I found this pasted into a sketchbook of mine and wanted to share it with you. The aim is to try to encourage you to think in tonal areas. My natural habit is to draw in a linear…

Drawing on your surroundings

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…