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Can you Kon Mari your studio?

This time of year always sparks a desire to freshen things up a little; often accompanied by a need to declutter and tidy my home and art studio. This year I've been accompanied by the #sparkjoy approach to decluttering of Marie Kondo who…

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…

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…

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…
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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…