Keeping an Art Journal Getting Started

Getting Started The best thing about art journaling is that you don’t need much to get started.  You don’t need any special equipment, you don’t need a guidebook and you don’t need a teacher and importantly you don’t need to conform to any stereotypes of “being good at art”.   The Basics There’s no need to spend a fortune, in fact when you start out … Continue reading Keeping an Art Journal Getting Started

On This Day in History……

A German-British painter Frank Auerbach was born on this day in 1931. A gifted artist who created portraits and city scenes of London the city he made his home after being sent to the UK by his parents in 1939. In 1916 after six days of fighting, Irish rebel leaders abandoned the post office in Dublin and surrendered , marking the end of the Easter … Continue reading On This Day in History……

Why Keep an Art Journal

There are many different reasons why people choose to keep an art journal.  For me it’s mainly because it helps me to unwind and makes me feel a bit more productive enjoying an evening watching TV but it’s also about practising and sharpening up my skills.  I find that when I don’t draw for a while I’m not as good at really observing things.  Plus … Continue reading Why Keep an Art Journal

Make a Dragon

Today is St. George’s Day, generally not well celebrated in England as the iconography has sadly been appropriated by extreme nationalist and racist groups but it is time to take back the myth and symbols and celebrate. The earliest document referring to St. George was from Bede, a monk who lived in my home county of Northumberland.  The mythical story that we all grew up … Continue reading Make a Dragon

National Tea Day

Well apparently today is national tea day so would be rude not to indulge in a cup of two. Unsurprisingly the media have a load of interesting articles worth taking a quick break and brewing yourself a cuppa A great historical article from The Guardian – The Independent provides what they claim to be a definitive guide to making a great cuppa – Advice on how … Continue reading National Tea Day