Four ideas to help you make a better painting

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We all want to make better paintings, get absorbed in the process of creating art and then stand back and discover a masterpiece. Often it doesn't work quite like that! We can get swamped in the middle stages and easily lose our way, or even…
Starting large abstract paintings

Starting abstracts with black or with colour?

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Facing a large white panel or canvas can be daunting, but once I get started I actually love this first stage of painting. With nothing established, there is nothing to lose and no risk.  Usually I begin by making marks with black - it's…

Secret Art Prize: the story behind the painting

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Exciting news that my painting 'Breakwater' has been long-listed for the Secret Art Prize run by Curious Duke gallery. UPDATE: Voting has now closed As always with a gallery display, this just shows the final painting and I know you like…
sketchbook drawing Alice Sheridan

What happens in my artist day

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It seems as soon as I have a rhythm to my day, it changes!  When I first started painting again when my children were younger I found the day could so easily get swallowed up with the luxury (? I know! ) of doing domestic tasks in peace and…
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Identifying what makes each painting unique

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I find working on more than one painting at once helpful for a few things: • it stops me becoming obsessive and overworking one endlessly (hopefully) • it helps me to see an overall view of my work and how it's developing • working…

Stuck in the middle with you!

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Right, I’ve got to the middle stages of a painting, and I’m stuck… These days my paintings begin with no fixed idea of outcome. I may make early choices about colour or bold shapes to get the surface active, but as the layers build…

The story of a painting; Unearthed

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Ever wondered what happened on a painting before it was finished - how it looked along the way? I wrote a while back about knowing when a painting is finished but sometimes it's hard for me to remember where it began, and quite how many stages…

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…
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…