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Video diary: location sketchbook tips

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It's just so good to take yourself to new places and get new stimulus. Sometimes we have to be responsible for filling our own idea 'pots' but it can also be great to be led by others. I've really enjoyed three days in the beautiful Yorkshire…
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Exploring sketchbooks for abstract art

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As my own approach to painting abstract art has changed over the last year, this has left me wondering where sketchbooks fit in with the whole picture... If sketchbooks help to plan alternatives, test compositions and colours, how does this…

Sketchbook summer-y

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Summer is sketchbook time for me - a time to re-stock the pages which can be the starting point for so many ideas. I enjoy essential time away to become absorbed in a drawing and the feeling of working on something with no judgement on the…

Barbara Rae sketchbooks to inspire

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This week I have been looking again at the sketchbook work of Barbara Rae * - if you don't know her work you are in for a treat! Which materials are right for the job? Finding the right materials to work in sketchbooks can be a search.…
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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…

Curating or creating?

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I wonder if any artists know in advance how their painting will look at the final outcome? I certainly don't and as I start this new year I'm even more unsure of the direction my work is going... but perhaps with a stronger vision of what I'd…

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…
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…

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…