This months featured artist is my wonderful friend Denise Slattery. Through her amazing knowledge I have learnt so much about colour. She has shared her scenic artist knowledge with me … Continue reading Featured Artist Denise Slattery
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.
My work. This week I thought I would share my process for making the ‘bubble’ pieces which so many people have said that they enjoy and have purchased from me. … Continue reading Making the Bubble Paintings
If you are one of my weekly blog followers, you will know that I feature an artist on the first Sunday of every month. To date these artists have been … Continue reading Special Feature Barry Owen Jones Artist
Record keeping A number of my artist friends are due to file their tax returns to HMRC by the end of this month. I am sitting here with … Continue reading What Records should an Artist keep
1.What’s your background? My parents were both amazing artists and I didn’t feel equipped to compete when I was younger, so I became an accountant instead. Time spent in the … Continue reading Interview with Alison G Saunders (me)
Investing in your art education. For those of you who follow my blog, it should be clear that I am aiming these posts at people who are trying to get … Continue reading Investing in your art education.
10 Ways to Cope with Artist’s Block It happens to all creatives at some point in time. We just hit a brick wall, we don’t know what to do next. … Continue reading Artists Block
Following on from last weeks blog post about change. This week I am looking at loss and letting go of your unsold artwork. Just moments after I had posted last … Continue reading Clearing out your art studio
Change – how to cope with it and embrace it. It is that time of year when it is all change. Here in England, the children are going back to … Continue reading Change and how to cope with it
This months featured artist is Louise Collins. Louise is another of the artists I know based in Surrey, England and shares her art journey and her beautiful artwork. Please tell me … Continue reading Louise Collins Featured Artist
I don’t teach in a school and I don’t teach regular classes either, but I do teach groups of people, young and old to use mono-printmaking as a fun … Continue reading Teaching mono-printing classes.
Last week I visited the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London to see the ‘Modernist British Printmaking’ Exhibition, which showcases pioneers of British lino-cut printmaking in a fine display of … Continue reading Dulwich Gallery Print Exhibition
Design. Why design is so important in your artwork? I have had the luxury of being on an amazing painting course which started in May and which deals predominantly with … Continue reading How to improve your artwork
This months featured artist is Frances Jordan. Frances is based in Surrey, England and provided me with this enlightening interview about her life as an artist. Please tell me a … Continue reading Frances Jordan Featured Artist
An Artist Statement and Bio, what are they, why do you need one and how to go about writing them. An artist’s statement is a short, written piece about your … Continue reading How to write an Artists Statement and Bio
In last week’s blog, I talked about coming up with the designs for the hearts. This week I want to show you how I went about turning these designs into … Continue reading How to paint a heart – Part 2
Painting the hearts for St Catherine’s Hospice charity event. Well, the 4th of July might have been a big day for all Americans, but it is also a big day … Continue reading How to paint a heart!
Putting your work up for sale the first time is a scary business. You are putting your soul on show for other people to comment on. You need to applaud … Continue reading How to price your artwork for sale
This month it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Thomas Stimpson MBE. Thomas has been honoured by the Queen for services to the nation as a member … Continue reading PTSD Recovery of Thomas Stimpson MBE
Planning ahead! A friend came to visit me this week and was telling me of her frustrations. She is new to art and through lack of planning had caused herself … Continue reading 5 Steps to getting your artwork hanging-ready.
I covered paint quality in a previous blog ( https://alisongsaunders.art/blog/) but I just wanted to touch on it again here. My advice is always to use the best quality … Continue reading What an artist needs to get started
A very knowledgeable and talented master watercolourist friend of mine reminded me this past weekend of the mistakes I have made in the past when signing my work: more about … Continue reading 7 ‘need to knows’ when signing your artwork
What’s your background? I have been an artist per se since I was a little girl and have dabbled in lots of different types of creative crafts and art for … Continue reading Interview with Dee Kirkham
This week’s blog is mainly aimed at those of you who will be exhibiting in some form of Open Studio event in the next few months. Hopefully those of you … Continue reading Getting ready for Open Studios.
How to buy art…. …or how to commission a piece of art. Now don’t go running for the hills, it really isn’t that scary. So why would you consider commissioning … Continue reading Commissioning Art
I get asked all the time, who is your favourite artist, who influences your work. I have always said that I don’t have favourites in anything. And I don’t. I … Continue reading Sorolla or Bonnard, who is your favourite artists and why?
Please introduce yourself. Shirley Ann: I’m Shirley Ann – my other name is Aphrodite – I believe that I am Aphrodite’s envoy to the world at the present time – … Continue reading Meet the Artist – Shirley Ann
https://alisongsaunders.art/blog/ To the uninitiated ‘mark making’ sounds a bit pretentious, but I am not sure what else you could call it without making it sound childish and lacking in skill. … Continue reading How to explore ‘mark making’ and get great results.
I start preparing my blog posts on Tuesdays. That way there is time to get my thoughts onto paper, share them with my long-suffering husband who proof reads them, re-read … Continue reading MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COLOUR
If you visit my website and sign up for my newsletter, you will automatically receive my free Guide to Buying Art. You can get yours too by clicking here. https://alisongsaunders.art/about/ … Continue reading How to Guide to Framing your Artwork, originals and prints.
It doesn’t really matter where you are on your art journey but being a part of some kind of art group is really valuable. But why? You know that … Continue reading Why join an art group and what to expect?
The following interview was with Michele a member of the amazing Torpedo Factory Arts Center which is situated in Alexandria VA USA. This old munitions plant was founded into an … Continue reading Meet the Artist – Michele Hoben
My followers will know that I have committed to writing a weekly blog post. Break that down and it is 52 subjects I need to find to write about each … Continue reading How to get started writing blog posts
Just about every artist’s guide book you will ever read, about learning to paint will tell you that you should always use the best paints, brushes and substrates you can … Continue reading Which artists paints and substrates to use and why?
This is a question I am asked a lot but in many different guises. For instance: – “What influences your art?” “How do you pick a theme?” “Do you paint … Continue reading How do you come up with ideas for your artwork?
This is the first in my series of interviews with artists and artisans who I have met, found to be interesting people and have agreed to be interviewed by me. … Continue reading Introducing this months artist – Beáta Bősze
Now I know that there are hundreds of thousands of artists out there, many far more talented and better known than me, but even more unknown, just getting started, taking … Continue reading How to use your sketch book (or how I use mine)
17th Feb 2019 I am asked a lot why I am taking a BA in art. I am up to my neck in producing work for exhibitions etc., I am … Continue reading Why take a BA in art? And how hard can it be?
Following on from last weeks ‘do something which frightens you’ blog post, I am going to be taking part in a really big grownup art exhibition with the Contemporary Art … Continue reading How to prepare for taking part in an art exhibition
Why you should do something which terrifies you. If you write the above sentence into google, you will find a number of articles on this theme and most of them … Continue reading Why you should do something which terrifies you.
About Making Money! You don’t always have to do something just to make money. Please let me explain. Last weekend I joined a wonderful group of men and ladies, showing … Continue reading About Making Money
This is fundamentally a piece about growing a thick skin. Why because when you have someone say to you, as I did about my work in an exhibition only last … Continue reading Why make art and how to cope with the thoughtless remarks.
Learning from Lewis Nobel Last month (September ‘18) I was so lucky to be able to join the lovely Lewis Nobel for a three-day class in Ashbourne, Derbyshire along with … Continue reading How to make the most of a course
Fairly easily, you would think. And yes, once you have understood about balance and the mathematics of balance it is fairly easy. Well a piece like this one here is fairly … Continue reading How to create a Mobile
It seems that the work I produce, on a daily basis, in my concertina sketch book has gained a following. How exciting. With that said, I thought it might be a … Continue reading My Daily Sketch Book Work.
As yet I have not had any of my designs accepted and I might not have any of them accepted, but I said I would share the story, so here … Continue reading Decorating the Heart
So I have finished the last of the assignments for the Sculpture section of my BA. My work has been sent off to the tutor and returned to me in … Continue reading My BA Assignment
Earlier this year I decorated a 5ft high fibre glass hare for the Surrey town of Haslemere to auction off later this year.