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”

Royal Academy of Arts Varnishing Day

Just a short post this week to share some of the photos from my day at the Royal Academy.  It is the first time one of my paintings has been accepted for the summer exhibition. So, on Sunday we drove down to Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire and on Monday hopped on the train into London.  TheContinue reading “Royal Academy of Arts Varnishing Day”

Holiday Over – Normal Service Resumed

So my first official two week staycation is over and have to say I loved it.  Usually we jet off somewhere hot. This year, with the prospect of mask wearing and potential traffic light status changing we stayed in the UK.  Last year I didn’t manage to get a full two week break because ofContinue reading “Holiday Over – Normal Service Resumed”

Reflections

It has been a few months since completing CVP. Now I’m dipping in and out of the portal to re-watch content. I thought I’d reflect on my first pass to capture and remind myself of some of the key learnings.  There was so much great content in the 3 month course I definitely need toContinue reading “Reflections”

Studio Update

The collection of partially finished or just started work in my studio has been mounting up.  Many of the paintings started as CVP boards but have taken different directions, changing with each layer of paint.  I finished a few with a generous layer of gloss medium and finally a coat of cold wax. In theContinue reading “Studio Update”

Graduating CVP

So before I get into this post the first question I want to address is ‘would I recommend CVP’?  And the answer is a very definite ‘yes’. What is CVP? CVP is a three month, online art course provided by Art2Life with Nicholas Wilton. Nicholas is a very charismatic lead and importantly a heavy weightContinue reading “Graduating CVP”

Spring Break

This week we have a break in CVP and I have to say I feel like I really need it.  Judging by the comments on social media I haven’t felt as overwhelmed as some of the other participants. All the same, keeping up the pace of tutorials, group & coaching calls and painting practice hasContinue reading “Spring Break”

Brrrr – It’s April!

Well, despite the freezing cold weather there does seem to be a lot more optimism around at the moment.  Who would have thought that we’d be so excited about meeting people outdoors in April!  I just hope the news coverage of the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t put people off having the jab.  I had mine aContinue reading “Brrrr – It’s April!”

Mixing Things Up

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone who messaged me about the #oneofmanypostcard initiative.  I have now packaged up and posted out all 9.  It was a very fair selection – names on scrunched up paper were picked randomly out of a bowl and I’ve had a few lovely messages on Instagram from people who haveContinue reading “Mixing Things Up”

January GiveAway

So in last week’s blog I mentioned that one of the things on my 2021 plan was to throw myself into a few more challenges. I kicked this off last week by creating some postcard sized pieces for the #oneofmanypostcards initiative.  #oneofmanypostcards The initiative is the brainchild of talented artist and print maker John Pedder . Continue reading “January GiveAway”