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 […]

Alice Sheridan figure drawing study of head resting in hands

Trust in emergence

Any drawing is a process of interpreting what you see rather than what you think you see. Our brains are so strong in their collection of pre-conceived images that it can be hard to filter out what we know and instead draw what we are really…
"Art is never finished, only abandoned"

This is the end my friend

I know he was a genius but I have to disagree with Leonardo da Vinci. Apparently he once wrote; Art is never finished, only abandoned. ...which strikes me as a rather defeatist way of deciding when a piece of work is complete. But if getting…
365create with Alice Sheridan Day 20 photowalk

Collecting colours on a photo walk

If you expect 'being creative' is the same as being productive you are expecting too much. Part of the process is simply a conscious awareness. An awareness of surroundings and influences so that you choose which of these are relevant and which…
viewing at an art fair

Why you shouldn’t be scared of a creative detour

Any creative journey is a strange balance between knowing where you are going and being open to new things along the way. On Thursday I headed off to see the Works on Paper show which is currently on at the Science Museum in London. A lot…
Alice Sheridan beginning of landscape painting

Magic contact lenses and how we see

I love my magic contact lenses. I wear them during the night and they correct my vision so that when I remove them in the morning I can see - what could be more magic! Unfortunately they don't do all the hard work for me and there are still…
Alice Sheridan abstract landscape painting

One painting that says it all

How do you choose one image that represents all your paintings? If part of the process of painting is eliminating and refining ideas then one image simply can't say it all. This is what I had to consider earlier this month when the deadline…

3 tips to plan your best year yet

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…
detail of painting

Keeping the hope

Anyone who says painting is easy has clearly never tried. Each mark is the result of a myriad different decisions, some are conscious and some are led by intuition. Which builds through knowledge and practice. One of the hardest things when…