Summertime and the Living is Easy

It’s been a while since I posted a blog so apologises if you’re one of my followers.  Since starting my monthly newsletter programme I’m finding it a challenge to keep up with social media, blogs, newsletters and website updates.  Sadly my website and blog have missed out as a result.  But over the next fewContinue reading “Summertime and the Living is Easy”

Art Commissions

In April’s studio newsletter I talked about the fact that I had recently finished some commissions.  Selling a piece of your art is always such a buzz. But commissions are very different from selling something you have already created.  There is an element of risk that kicks in when you know you are creating artContinue reading “Art Commissions”

Well, hello 2022!

I hope you have all eaten well, enjoyed time with loved ones and generally had a break.  I had a whole week off work and feel so much better for the downtime.  The break also meant that I could get a few days in the studio which was a real bonus. New Year, New MeContinue reading “Well, hello 2022!”

Happy Christmas

I’m really pleased to say that I have come through the other end of my creative block. It has taken weeks. But, having played around with collage and completed a couple of paintings, things seem to be back on track. End of the Year As we head towards the end of the year its timeContinue reading “Happy Christmas”

Feeling a Bit Lost

In my last post I said that I was in a bit of funk art wise. Unfortunately, I’m still feeling that way.  I’ve read a few posts from others that paint, all are at pains to reassure you that its completely normal. Apparently everyone goes through phases like this.  But, rationally knowing that, and emotionallyContinue reading “Feeling a Bit Lost”

New Work

A few weeks ago I published a post about some new pieces I was working on which were a diversion from my abstracts. They started out as a bit of a distraction.  I was working on a large painting (still unresolved), and after a few hours of painting I needed a break.  We’re just aboutContinue reading “New Work”

Bank Holiday Weekend

The last few weeks I’ve been struggling to really throw myself back into painting.  I have kept up the studio habit but haven’t really been making much progress on the pieces I had already started, or indeed starting new works.  I used some of the time to finish off a few paintings – as IContinue reading “Bank Holiday Weekend”

A Wave of Optimism

I was watching BBC News this morning and they had a feature on the reopening of shops and bars serving outdoors.  The reporter was presenting from Newcastle city centre and it was great to see people enjoying being out and about again.  We may not be back to anything near normal, but things are certainlyContinue reading “A Wave of Optimism”

The Perfect Medicine

I’m now almost half way through my 100 day challenge – #100daysofcreativeplay (#the100dayproject). So far, I have to say, it has been a mainly positive experience.  I’ve dabbled with lino cut: I’ve pushed myself to create some more intuitive pieces: I have had a couple of days where I’ve been tired. Where the prospect ofContinue reading “The Perfect Medicine”

100 days of Creative Play 11-20

So the act of completing the first 10 days inspired me for the next 10.  Trying not to think – to just go with your instincts and make instant decisions was a lot tougher than I expected. But it is exactly what children do when they play.  So for the last 10 days I tookContinue reading “100 days of Creative Play 11-20”