New Year, Same Me

I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year celebrations.  When I was younger there was the inevitable pressure to plan big nights out. They generally failed to meet expectations and required long walks home as taxis were always harder to fine.  Now I’m older I don’t feel the need to cave into the hype.Continue reading “New Year, Same Me”

Happy New Year

Happy new year!  I hope everyone made the most of the Christmas break and whilst the festive season may have been a little different it was good to see family, even if on a very limited basis. 12 Day Christmas Art Challenge I was lucky and had a full two weeks off work so managedContinue reading “Happy New Year”

Enjoying the Process

As we end a bizarre, scary and damn right destructive year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on what I’ve learnt.  This may be a pretty desperate way to look for positives, but I’m generally a fairly optimistic person. Like so many others, however, I’ve struggled over the past few months.  It’s anContinue reading “Enjoying the Process”

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

In my day job I have no issue in making decisions. In fact, I often have to remind myself to step back and take some time as I generally get an immediate gut feel on which way to go.  When you’re managing large teams of people I find they are often looking for decisiveness.  TheyContinue reading “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions”

The Wisdom of Others

The Power of Community One of the things I like, or should say liked (past tense) prior to lockdown, was time to myself creating art.  I spend much of my working day with members of my team or colleagues, so escaping to the studio always gave me a much needed break.  Since March, however, theContinue reading “The Wisdom of Others”

Well that was unexpected!

Back in May, my parents presented me with a torn a page from the Daily Mail asking for entries for a painting competition.  I have to say, the Daily Mail isn’t my newspaper of choice so I was a bit sniffy about entering. But then I thought, What the hell? The competition theme was GloriousContinue reading “Well that was unexpected!”

Another Online Art Course

If you’ve read my previous updates you may have guessed I’m a bit of sucker for a workshop. As we seem to have been in lockdown forever this has meant switching from physical attendance to virtual learning.  Benefits of Online Training On the plus side, virtual courses mean you get to work through at yourContinue reading “Another Online Art Course”

A First Time for Everything

I’ve posted previously that I have been doing an online course with the wonderful @lornacrane called Perfectly Imperfect: Discovering Your Visual Language It has been a real voyage of discovery.  Not only have I made my own brushes, I’ve also been experimenting with acrylic inks (both firsts!) and I’ve even been staining papers with coffee. Continue reading “A First Time for Everything”

Studio Progress

Just a short update this week – my day job is still keeping me very busy which doesn’t leave much time for painting but I did finally get round to finishing four paintings that have been propped up against my studio wall for weeks.  They are four 30cm square paintings on wooden board and allContinue reading “Studio Progress”