Do you share your life with a creative?
Is a member of your family pursuing the arts?
Maybe your best friend has just jacked in her job to finally lead a truly creative life?
Can they be a right royal pain in the backside at times? Don't worry, you can make them happy very easily with my top tips - I guarantee they'll appreciate your efforts.
“Do you do it from memory or just make that up out of your head?” I was asked this recently by a lady looking with admiring eyes at my latest horse painting “Waters edge”. I wasn’t quite able to explain in one sentence, but I’m going to try here.
There is buzz as I arrive at an art fair. Friendly, full of anticipation and the joy of seeing plenty people after a few months of flying solo in the studio creating new work. Many artists on the circuit know each other and have done for years. Whilst unloading our cars and vans laden heavily with canvases, sculptures and passpartout, there are hugs and kisses abound as everyone says hello and makes their way to their stand - Their home for the next few days.
There are some brushes I always reach for no matter how many hundreds of brushes sit on my worktop. There are some colours I always reach for the matter how many hundreds of tubes of paint there are and there are some canvases that I always seem to be ordering. So here are my top 10 materials that I use every single day.
January is a great time to get some useful business reading done. Here's my pick of some of the books that have already inspired me and the ones I hope with give me even more insight.
Here are my top three ways to get organised in 2019
How the French impressionists are leaving their mark on this artist.
There's no doubt about it, but a trip to Paris, Giverny and the Charvin paint shop is having an impact on my painting. But those French impressionists have been having an impact for years!
Last week I sat in a garden and painted the pond.
The thing is it was Monet’s Garden and it was his waterlily Pond
I've just delivered some brand new pieces to the Doll's house in Fordingbridge and I couldn't believe my eyes when I got there.
I'm very lucky in that I very rarely suffer from artists' block.
But for some it can be paralysing.
Here are my tops tips to keep your creativity on point.
My blogs, seem to refer to art being good for you quite a lot.
Drawing from observation uses both sides of the brain.
Drawing as an activity is calming and contemplative, and can lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
Drawing can develop and enhance our appreciation of our surroundings.
So, I dare you to come and draw with me! You'll have a super time.
Unless you're already an experienced art collector, the thought of buying an original piece of art might feel daunting, but with these tips you’ll have the confidence to choose art for your home, that suits your style and budget.
Or is it the business of good art?
"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art" Andy Warhol made this observation back in the 1960s.
Learning to live bravely. Last month my husband, my brother and my Mum all went on a family pilgrimage to Lido de Jesolo in Italy near Venice. The Kart track at Jesolo is world famous amongst karters and it was my Dad’s favourite place to race.
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