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…
Alice Sheridan abstract landscape painting

One painting that says it all

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How do you choose one image that represents all your paintings? If part of the process of painting is eliminating and refining ideas then one image simply can't say it all. This is what I had to consider earlier this month when the deadline…
Are you nervous about your sketchbook, or not quite as productive as you want to be? Alice Sheridan shares a new way of thinking that will help you be more creative.

3 ways to boost your sketchbook

This weekend I completed my Sketchbook in a Day project: a whole sketchbook completed in exactly the same surroundings that I had found so uninspiring at the start of the summer. Yet this time I had no trouble at all finding things I wanted…

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…

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…

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…