I enjoy working in a variety of media and surfaces, including sketchbooks. I often combine drawing and painting (you can read one of my studio chats about this here). In many respects, drawing is my first love! So it is probably no surprise that I love to create art on paper! However, over the last year or so, I have mainly created finished works on wood: cradle panel or ply. To an extent, I had moved away from work on paper. But in the spirit of what I call –‘All that you can’t leave behind’ I have recently returned to it. Whilst I enjoy layering materials onto boards and the evolutionary nature of it. I also love the fresh, spontaneous works on paper.Continue reading
Recently I have been woodland painting and collaging. I regularly draw and paint out in the landscape and you can read about that in a recent blog here.
These two videos share the mixed media works Plein Air followed by collaging back in the studio.
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I have started a new body of work: Inspired by nature (moorland, farmland and woodland). In these early days, it is mostly sketchbook and paper focused. I have described my overall approaches to starting new artwork, and you can read it here. In it I mentioned reading as part of my process. I want to get a more rounded understanding of the subjects I choose to paint, which goes beyond my own experiences and observations.Continue reading
For the last couple of weeks I have been procrastinating rather than preparing for new artwork development. There are a number of reasons why I think I’ve been hesitant. Firstly, I am doing something much bigger than I have done before in terms of the amount and variety of work. Secondly it’s a new area of work for me, (albeit with a common thread of my interest in Place). This means that there is more uncertainty of how it will evolve (although that is what makes it exciting!). Thirdly, it’s for a joint exhibition so there are insecurities about ensuring the work delivers and fits together to form a cohesive story!
I recently received a really interesting question from one of my sketchbook drawing workshop participants. He had seen another artist whom he thought had a similar ‘style’ to me. He asked: ‘Do professional artists see others (with similar ‘styles’) as rivals or fellow travellers’.Continue reading
This week, we have been able to go out and walk with fewer restrictions. This means that I have been able to get out into the landscape to draw, bringing back to my mind the question of drawing as part of the painting process. Just a couple of hours walking on Marsden Moor enabled me to create some quick simple sketches. You can see my previous blogs about drawing during lockdown here. I love to draw on location and those of you that follow my work will know that drawing is the basis of a lot of what I do.Continue reading
Since lockdown containment vs. expansion have been on my mind. I have been working from a small room at home instead of a large studio in an old mill. I talked about some of the changes I was making as a result of lockdown in my last blog: Taking Stock and Forging New Approaches. Of course, when our world changes, to be smaller, more contained and restricted, you would expect the things we create to somehow reflect that change….maybe. This blog talks about what I have found in my work and how I see it progressing.Continue reading
The world has changed considerably since my last blog post a couple of weeks ago when I shared my new exhibition: About Ashton in the market hall Ashton-Under-Lyne. As we end our first week in lockdown in the U.K. every day seems to present some fresh unfamiliar challenges. Whether around health, family, money, work-the list seems endless. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and consumed by it. But on reflection, taking stock and forging new approaches could be just what we need.Continue reading
As of today, Tuesday 17th March 2020, my About Ashton exhibition is on show in the Market Hall, Ashton-Under-Lyne!! You can read more about the venue in a previous blog here. After a few months putting this work together, it feels like a mixture of excitement, nerves and relief! On a practical note, it is likely that many fewer people will get to see it in person than we originally thought. This is because of the unprecedented times we are witnessing with Corvid19. But I want people to be able to have a good look at it and hear what it’s all about. Even if they can’t get to the market hall.Continue reading
My selected word/phrase for the year is Breathing Space. This idea of a word or phrase for your year, was part of the Juiced up Best Art Year 2020 discussions. You can see my plans for 2020 in my January blog here. Now, for those of you that know me, it will probably make you laugh out loud!! Because, I’m not that good at this ‘taking a breather’ notion. In fact, I’m really hopeless at it. So, why choose Breathing space and what do I think it’s going to mean for me this year-both in my life and my art?Continue reading
The Joy of Journaling was unknown to me until about 6 months ago. Before then, the only type of art journal I used was a sketchbook full of my latest on location drawings. But these were not for evolving, testing and solving. So what made me start keeping a different type of journal; what changed?Continue reading
These days there are all sorts of places for exhibiting art, outside of the traditional gallery. Pop up Galleries, Art Fairs, Open Studios, Pubs and cafes etc are all possibilities. But it’s not always easy to know what is going to work best for your work. There are definitely pros and cons, and often there appear to be positive and less positive experiences for any one of these! Therefore, I am taking the approach of keeping an open mind and just going with what feels right.Continue reading
I think I’m an organised person, but I’m not sure that it comes naturally! Perhaps its one of those ‘Eat Your Greens, they are good for you’? My 2020 Art Year plan has come about through two motivations:Continue reading
Over the past 6 weeks I have taken part in a second on-line course called Find Your Voice (FYV) with Louise Fletcher. This is a follow on to the Find Your Joy (FYJ) course. You can read my review, including my results, from FYJ here. The purpose of this second course was to continue to focus on developing our own personal voices. But with an intention in mind and looking at 4 key painting principles: tone; composition; colour and mark making.Continue reading
I’ve delivered a wide variety of exciting commissioned illustration projects throughout 2019. These include: a number of building-related commercial pieces. A wedding in Cheshire. Several key reportage (visual journalism) illustration projects and a book cover! Although I have shared some of these projects in dedicated blogs, this blog is an overview of some of these illustration projects.Continue reading