Scheduling time for art

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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

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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

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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…