My adventure into this fabulous craft. Earlier this year, when some kind of normality was allowed and ‘real’ classes were running, I took the opportunity to spend the day with … Continue reading Book binding and hand made journals
I DON’T LIKE BORING BEIGE! But I do love colour! Would you like to come on a journey with me exploring colour? I love putting colours together to see how they play with each other and i love sharing my passion with you. Every piece of work I make is a journey into what different colours do to each other. It is the most magical way to live, I get to live it every day and I would love for you to live it with me.
Christmas is coming I have really battled this week to come up with a topic to write about which a) you will find interesting to read and b) could be … Continue reading Making a Christmas art list.
Let’s be honest, this Covid-19 crisis has had a huge effect on all of us. Trying to stay positive is difficult but believe me when I say that being negative … Continue reading Being positive about your art and life
Sadly, there still exists in the UK, a huge amount of snobbery around being an artist versus crafter or craftsperson. It is a snobbery I have never understood and, having … Continue reading Arts v Crafts
Your name?Tracey Elizabeth Downing Where do you live?Carshalton, Surrey (nowadays part of the London Borough of Sutton) What is your background?I was always good at art at school and it … Continue reading Featured Artist – Tracey Elizabeth Downing
What I have learned making my first few videos of my art demos and classes Whilst Covid-19 has caused huge problems and great sadness there are always good things which … Continue reading Getting started with making video lessons
Selling your work through galleries – the pros and cons I am regularly asked why I do not approach galleries to show my artwork and I have many artist friends … Continue reading Art Galleries
Art words and what they mean Every profession has their own language, possibly designed to make people within that profession feel special, elite even and to make outsiders feel inferior, … Continue reading Art Words and what they mean
Your name Lee Caller Where do you live? Shepperton in Surrey What is your background? I grew up at a time when the home computer was starting to appear everywhere … Continue reading Featured Artist Lee Caller
Earlier this year I said that I would share more information with you about other types of screen-printing technique. Exposed screen-printing method If you are lucky to live near a … Continue reading More about Screen-printing
During the lockdown many of you will have spent time filling your days with your children or grandchildren making art. And now you have tons of it and don’t know … Continue reading How to display your children’s artwork
How to take care of Artwork Paintings You have spent many hours and a huge amount of energy to make your art so you really should think about what will … Continue reading How to take care of Artwork.
This month’s featured artist is Lin Chatfield. Read her interesting story here. Your name? Lin Chatfield, though for a time I did use my middle name, Louise, when I was … Continue reading September’s Featured Artist
I was asked to write this blog post by a very dear Hungarian friend. She wanted to know more about them and how best to go about getting them for … Continue reading Certificates of authenticity: What they are and why you need them.
I am sure many of you are wondering the same thing: Should I take part in that exhibition or should I just walk away? Currently, there is no definitive answer … Continue reading How safe is it to be taking part in art exhibitions in 2020?
I was listening today to a podcast called Art Juice which, if you haven’t listened to it, you really should. The fabulous Alice Sheridan and the equally fabulous Louise Fletcher … Continue reading Why you should show your artwork to the world.
How to be confident in your art making. How to avoid mistakes which could or have already destroyed your creativity and learn how to put fear in its place. I … Continue reading How to be confident in your art making.
I do hope you enjoy reading about this months featured artist and please do send feedback to me for her. Your name? Gill Edwards Where do you live? Southwell, Nottinghamshire … Continue reading August Featured Artist – Gill Edwards
I would like to bet that, like me, whenever you go into an art store, you are seduced by the colours on the side of paint tubes or pots and … Continue reading How to Experiment with Colour
Or trying to understand the anti-art education movement This week, I am sounding off on a topic I feel very strongly about: the anti-art education movement. What do I mean … Continue reading Art Education and the Funding Argument
Although we are in the middle of a pandemic, speaking to my friends and family we have all remarked that we can’t understand why, with all this time on our … Continue reading How to – Work Smarter Not Harder
This months featured artist is the lovely Zoe Ashbrook. Your name: Zoe Ashbrook Where do you live? Gloucestershire, UK. What is your background? I have always been creative and had … Continue reading Featured Artist – Zoe Ashbrook
I know it doesn’t feel like we are ready yet but I think we artists need to be planning for being part of exhibitions again when the world does re-open … Continue reading Getting ready for the art world to re-open.
Writing an artist’s biography. The first thing you need to bear in mind when writing an artist’s biography (usually shortened to bio) is that this is a short statement about … Continue reading Writing an artists Bio
A new online exhibition group born out of Covid 19
70th blog should an artist listen to the “get yourself a proper job” advice. Chatting to an old friend last weekend about how she is coping with the lock down … Continue reading How to become an artist
This months featured artist is Anna Clarke. I have known Anna for a few years now and we have exhibited at the same locations on numerous occasions. I hope you … Continue reading Featured Artist Anna Clarke
How to cope with artists block. I know that many of you during this Covid crisis are suffering from the inability to create any artwork at all. If you are, … Continue reading How to cope with artists block.
Collage adventures. Someone sent me this photo and I just had to share it with you all. It is beginning to get tough now but this is the most crucial … Continue reading Finding inspiration in Covid times through trying collage.
I am sharing my tips for coping with working at home during the Covid 19 crisis. There are plenty of other tips and tricks out there if you just want … Continue reading Tips for working at home during covid 19
I am re-posting this months featured artists blog with a huge apology to Sue Roberts as I had used the wrong photos. Please take a look at her fabulous artwork … Continue reading Featured Artist Sue Roberts
Thinking about taking an online course during the lock down? It might be worth reading this first. In these unsettled times, one thing I have noticed is the huge increase … Continue reading Online courses during Covid 19
Mono-printing at home during the covid 19 lock down. If you have never tried printmaking before this is a great project to do yourself and this is a really easy … Continue reading Printing at home during covid 19
looking for art projects for yourself, your children or grandchildren?
This months featured artist is the wonderfully talented Carol Gillan. Your name?Carol Gillan Where do you live? Ashtead, Surrey What is your background? When I was growing up my parents … Continue reading Featured Artist Carol Gillan
As I’m sure you are all aware, here in the UK we are now on hard lock-down. Don’t let this frighten you. This is the perfect time to try … Continue reading How to learn how to start sketching
How to make to most of the time Coronavirus Covid-19 will give us. I know; you are being inundated with emails from a plethora of companies telling you how they … Continue reading Covid – 19 How will you let it affect you?
Understanding the risks when signing up to follow a blog.
This months featured artist is a wonderful lady who I have only recently had the pleasure of meeting. Her story is really interesting as is her work. Your name? Gwynne … Continue reading March Featured Artist
Some more ways to make interesting screen prints. A few weeks ago I wrote about screen printing using stencils. This week is about producing painted mono-screenprints. The process is very … Continue reading Screen-printing more interesting uses.
I know I have written about putting on an exhibition before, but bear with me, this is different. In the past I have exhibited with large organisations where you pay … Continue reading 5 important lessons I learned from organising a professional group art exhibition.
As many of you already know, I set up a group last year called the Exhibition Collective. This group consists of over 60 artists throughout the UK who are either … Continue reading The benefits from connecting with other artists.
This month’s featured artist is an old friend of mine whose artistry is performed through his love of photography. When I first knew him, his interest lay in photographing aircraft … Continue reading February’s Featured Artist – Mark Wheeler
Being part of an art community will help you achieve more than trying out on your own.
Screen-printing at home the easy way to get great home printing results There are many ways to produce great effects with screen printing and I will discuss a couple of … Continue reading How to do Screen-printing at home
This week’s blog is about Keith Coomber, who I met through the Dorking Group of Artists. Keith is a lovely man, generous of spirit and always happy to help others, … Continue reading Featured Artist – Keith Coomber
Celebrating your wins both in art and life. Why is it we tend to let the negative overrule or dominate over the positive? Generally, we are quick to take on … Continue reading Celebrating your wins
54th blog How to start making artwork after a break . Last week I wrote about the importance of stepping away from your work to produce better results. This is … Continue reading How to restart your art production