How to make your own charcoal and bistre ink

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Making my own charcoal and ink sort of falls in line with stuffing a mushroom - life is too short. But on holiday we sometimes do strange things to fill time and make projects with children! It is a dream of mine to have a compact travelling…

Using black and white for stronger paintings

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Making two paintings just using black and white as a tonal painting exercise seemed a natural progression of my new contrast project, even if it is way outside my normal colour comfort zone. What did I hope to learn? Our eyes see high contrast…

Painting finished - that's it right? Wrong!

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Put your brush down - this painting is finished… and you’re done! But not so fast; even once the creative work is complete there are many other task between finishing the work and getting ready to show. This week I have had to draw a…
Kandinsky quote about colour

A yellow week for spring sunshine

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This is the week that spring has sprung! Walking on Monday morning the sunshine was welcome on my face and it made realise just how long it had been since I had felt that warm glow - and how GOOD it felt! Funny, how sometimes we don't know…
abstract landscape painting by Alice Sheridan display at Laveli

I'll have a coffee, and that painting please!

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What happens when a piece of work is finished? Sometimes, if I'm not ready to let it go, it stays a while. But the ultimate joy of making artwork is to see someone else fall in love with it, so much that they want to keep it and enjoy it forever. So…

Using a large sketchbook to explore materials

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Shaking things up is a great way to inject some new energy. Over the last year I have fallen into the habit of using smaller sketchbooks; usually ones that fit into the pocket of a waterproof jacket. So I deliberately bought a large sketchbook…
Alice Sheridan abstract watercolour sketchbook

Sunday Sketchbook experiments

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This morning dawned another grey and misty day on Dartmoor. Dartmoor mist is beautiful, but preferably not when it's supposed to be August. Listening to the radio I heard A.L. Kennedy describe this August's skies as "grey as a shark's armpit"…
Watercolour drawing in the sketchbook of Alice Sheridan, drawing on Dartmoor

Rain after a drought

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So far it's been a crazy summer - the sudden opportunity of a trip to Japan... the day after the open studios finished, swiftly followed by a family holiday to Turkey and then taking the children to Italy. Those of you who follow me on Facebook…

The blank page

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This is not really what you want to see when you peel a print back from the press... Oops! Practically a blank page. The plate had been inked and wiped, rolled with a second colour and fine paper cut and glued for chine collé... and yet…
Alice Sheridan 365create aprilcolour abstract painting

Discovering new colours

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Do you find that you are always attracted to the same colours? It may be colours you choose to wear, or to decorate your home. If you are a painter you will almost certainly have a colour palette that feels personal and natural to you. Some…
Alice Sheridan 365create aprilcolour abstract painting mixed media

Burnt Umber, Manganese Blue and Hansa Yellow Light

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Burnt Umber Manganese Blue Hansa Yellow Light My first colour choice was completely random. Although nothing is really random so something must have directed me... Ok then... Burnt Umber: because it is a staple colour and I needed somthing…
Alice Sheridan 365create abstract painting mixed media

Colour mixing for April

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My life needs simplifying! The first two months of #365create I have taken a random approach; a drawing while out and about, photographs, parts of larger paintings, getting ready for the Studio Show... And while this gives a good glimpse…