My February mood board came about from de-cluttering my studio and finding lots of hidden photos, odd prints and drawings that I just couldn’t throw away. I really do feel that it’s a mistake to chuck out all of this inspiring stuff – hence the idea came to turn one corner of my studio into an inspirations board.
This month has been about learning new techniques and I’ve enjoyed using what’s known as a Gelli Plate. A Gelli Plate is made out of clear gel – they are easy to clean and ideal for creating monoprints. A monoprint is a single ‘one off’ print. Best suited for use with acrylics paints there are endless possibles and the outcome is quite a surprise! This month I’ve been experimenting with a different colour palette of muted grays and Prussian blue. I tried various different types of paper, such as banana paper and tissue paper with pleasing results.
Having produced lots of prints the next thing was to try using them in a collection of semi-abstract ideas on paper. This is a brilliant way to learn without the pressure of creating a ‘finished’ painting. Play time should be encouraged and something I try to build into my art practice every so often.
These mini abstract landscapes are the results from tearing bits of printed paper and scraping through with the end of a paint brush.
Being inspired by the graphic black and white tones on the mood board I explored the Gelli Prints further by making several abstract pieces on paper using the torn magazines, white acrylic paint and added accents of rust orange and teal blue to give a pop of colour. The results were urban edge and are quite different for me and I’ve even surprised myself with the results.
Excited by this progress I then went on to create a more contemporary piece using bits of torn tissue paper and collaging them into the painting. I’ll be demonstrating several of these techniques on my Art Workshops this year.
It’s January and I’ve been thinking over the Christmas break just what do I want from this year? Here are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself : 1, How to keep my faith and prayer life fresh? 2, How to keep my studio in order? 3, Where to exhibit and find new opportunities? 4, Mentoring – who and how do I find them? These are things I aim to address during this year…. I don’t ‘blog’ as such but this year I aim to keep more of a written journal/diary about what it is I love doing and to be more ‘open’ to sharing these things with you.
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Looking around my studio I can see it’s holding far too much stuff so I’m using the inspirational Marie Kondo method of tidying up and having a good declutter. Starting with my brushes! as you can see many have been well used and seen better days. This insightful method is all about sparking JOY and as my work is about creating uplifting and joyful artworks then I aim to have this feeling all around me as I continue painting. Well that’s definitely one goal to master this year. https://konmari.com/
Art tools – keep trying new things
Artworks in Progress
Sanding back paintings that are not really working all helps to create something new!
Try mixing Triadic colours – very interesting and you can learn so much from this exercise
Sketching at Holkham beach North Norfolk
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Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December. Time 10.00am till 3.30pm
This will be my first ever Christmas open studio. Lots of fresh artwork on display together with prints and cards. Offering a warm welcome, mince pies and hot mulled wine. More details about this exciting event is on my News section…
Bright crisp November days are here and there’s a chilly nip in the air. However, in keeping with the rich autumnal hues I have been inspired by the beautiful views around my studio and coastal walks, creating several new paintings for galleries here and abroad. Top tip! with shorter days it’s always challenging to keep ahead of the fading light during my painting sessions and it’s never a good idea to mix paint under artificial lights, mainly as they completely change the tonal values, so always mix enough paint to see you through!
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Autumnal sunny October – a season of changing colours bringing fresh inspiration. The warm weather has been a delight to sketch in, especially after my sketching holiday on Patmos – a small Greek island where Saint John wrote ‘Revelation’, the last book in the bible.
Since coming back I’ve been walking and sketching in the dunes at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea, capturing the light and exploring different mark making ideas using Inktense blocks and pencil. Meanwhile back in the studio I’ve been working on finishing two new pieces for the Corte-Real Gallery in Portugal – more about this and other galleries on my News post. Enjoy the rest of this glorious sunshine!
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Above are just two of my paintings available at Creake Abbey Cafe until the 16th October. Featuring large and medium sized paintings, plus great coffee & cakes!
A busy start in the studio preparing these large canvases for the Corte-Real Gallery in Portugal and for the gift shop at Holkham Hall. If you would like to make an appointment to visit my studio and latest artworks then you’d be very welcome. Tel: 07786 401396 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio workshops 2019! – new dates are on my creative art workshop page but here they are again. Please do contact me by email or call me if you are interested in enjoying a day of create play: Tel: 07786 401396 or email: email@example.com
Now open – my largest solo show to date at Salthouse Church. Free entry. All welcome, there is disabled parking and access to the church.
This exhibition explores the theme of LIGHT, inspired by my sketching walks where I enjoy embracing the beautiful light and colours of the North Norfolk coastline. Enjoy browsing through my sketchbooks and seeing a diverse range of mixed media paintings on display. Open every day 10.30am – 5pm. Exhibition continues until the 29th July.
Saint Nicholas Church, Church Lane, off Cross St, Salthouse, North Norfolk, NR25 7XH.
After months of preparation, I’m so looking forward to hanging my largest exhibition to date. ‘L I G H T’ is at Saint Nicholas Church in Salthouse, NR25 7XH. This magnificent church is the perfect setting for an art show and will feature my sketchbooks alongside an eclectic mix of over thirty spiritual and coastal artworks exploring the theme of light, faith and art. 14th – 29th July. I shall be there everyday 10.30am – 5.00pm. Free entry. All welcome.