What a Week!!!

Well the past week has been a bit of high point art wise for me.  I’ve not only broken the creative slump I was struggling with, but I’ve had some significant wins to celebrate. Exhibiting My Work I mentioned in a previous blog a local arts centre (The Exchange) is showcasing my work in OctoberContinue reading “What a Week!!!”

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”

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”

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!”

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”

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”

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”

Perfectly Imperfect Take Two

I was awake this morning around 5am, which sadly seems to have become a new routine.  This whole COVID thing is an almighty pain in the butt and I, like many others, have been hugely effected by the economic ramifications of the restrictions which hasn’t left much time for my art recently. Flicking through Instagram, IContinue reading “Perfectly Imperfect Take Two”

Explaining Paintings

Thank you to everyone who commented or DMed me.  It seems that for most people they did really appreciate hearing a bit more about the rationale behind each painting.  I do have some explanation on my website, if you click on the painting and scroll down to description you’ll find a bit more of anContinue reading “Explaining Paintings”