Alice Sheridan figure drawing study of head resting in hands

Trust in emergence

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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…
365create with Alice Sheridan Day 20 photowalk

Collecting colours on a photo walk

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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…

3 tips to plan your best year yet

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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

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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…

Escaping

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Sshh... don't tell anyone, but yesterday I skipped printing and went to the cinema instead. During the day... I know - how wonderfully decadent! What luxury. But why on earth would I choose to miss an activity I love doing? Surely making art…

Artists' blog hop

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When I was invited to take part in this artists' blog hop I thought what a great way of sharing ideas and building new links to other artists. You write briefly about the the person who invited you, answer some set questions and then introduce…

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…

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…

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…

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…