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

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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…
creative logistics from Alice Sheridan blog

Creative logistics

This project is 98% logistics and 2% creativity said artist Joshua Sofaer on Radio 4 this morning. He was talking about his current project 'The Rubbish Collection' which is one entire month's worth of the museum's rubbish laid out to…

Learning from the story of Matisse

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I know everyone has been raving about the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition which is currently showing at Tate Modern but I have to admit I wasn't that tempted. Matisse isn't one of my favourite artits; although I love the simplicity of many of his…

Prints made by 200+ people

As I was preparing for the recent Open House event I knew that one of the things people enjoy about it is the chance to find out more about the way an artist approaches their work. I always have sketchbooks on show, this time I also wanted to…

Visiting and finding new art

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Wow! What a weekend. Thanks to all who came to visit us at Artists at Home this weekend - it was a record number of visitors. Whether this was due to the weather (not too hot, not too wet!) or the fact that I had Louise Richards showing her…
Alice Sheridan etching with chine collée

Artists at Home 2014

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The last time I showed at Artists at Home my work was mainly landscape paintings. I had started to incorporate printed line and collage and was keen to try printmaking techniques to explore the mix between a controlled and gestural mark in a…
Creativity is allowing mistakes... from alicesheridan.com

Making the most of mistakes

So today I have been sorting through work and framing up selected prints. The past few years has been a time of many experiments as I work my way through the print studio like a child in a sweet shop! I have generated a lot of work on paper…

Discovery...

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This weekend I went along to the Untitled Artists Fair at Chelsea old townhall.  It's always inspiring to see work that other people are creating and it usually sparks new ideas of your own. One of the first displays that caught my attention…

Find your secret starting point

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Almost a decade ago I was a frustrated artist. At home with two small children I just never had the time to pursue what I wanted, and I couldn't see anyway I could make it possible. It was simply beyond the realm of my possibilities; no time…