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”

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”

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!”

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”