May has been warm and sunny with just the odd cold snap of north easterly gales knocking the garden plants around. How quickly this month has come around. At this time of year I’m usually sorting and decorating my studio to welcome visitors for Norfolk Open Studios, but sadly due to the COVID-19 I’m unable to open this year.
Instead I’m getting ready to send out my May newsletter with details about hosting an online Open Studio event with the release of two new collections. I have really enjoyed creating these especially for my subscribers. I shall send out the link to view the artworks on Friday 22nd May. My subscribers shall have the first viewing, so if you’d like to see them first feel free to sign up to my monthly newsletter, just click the ‘Sign up here’ link below: Sign up here
Due to COVID-19 the Artist Support Pledge was set up by Matthew Burrows. The idea is along these lines. Artists post images of their work to sell for no more than £200. Anyone can buy the work. Some pieces of my work will be offered on the Buy Art page for sale under this initiative and each time I reach £1000 of sales I agree to buy a piece of artwork from another artist for up to £200. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and other artists during this time, the ‘Sea Light’ Collection sold out in record time! THANK YOU.
Spring has sprung! I hope you have received my latest newsletter?
Life is somehow feeling slower and I’ve been creating a series of smaller artworks especially for the artist’s pledge that has been set up by artist Matthew Burrows on Instagram. This little piece called ‘Tide Times’ was one of the first to sell – here it is in it’s new home. I was really thrilled to receive this image. Just click on the ‘Buy Art’ page to see a variety of painting with more being added every week.
The new ‘Cockle Path Collection’ has just been released to my subscribers and is available on my website. You can take a look at them on the ‘Buy Art’ page where you’ll be able to see them under ‘Medium Sized Paintings’. I hope you enjoy them. If there’s a painting you’re interested in then please let me know.
I’ve been getting fitter – or trying too! by turning half of the studio into a mini gym to keep up with the Pilates classes I started in February but due to COVID-19 everything has naturally had to stop.
Below:Something of the latest paint palette and a detailed shot of a painting called ‘April Showers’ from the new Cockle Path.
Challenging times ahead and it’s hard to find the right words to say this month. Sometimes I’ve been feeling fearful during this time of self isolation but really most artists are use to working by themselves so what’s new? I have family members so I’m not totally alone like a lot of people I know, but I do feel called to be a light and bring hope, as this too shall pass.
Norfolk Open Studios has been cancelled or hopefully postponed until the Autumn. Likewise I’m rearranging my workshops to run either later during the year or into next year, however, this all depends on the government guideline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Norfolk by Design which is now called Contemporary and Country have cancelled their annual PoP up at Houghton Hall. They where due to show a selection of my paintings. With so many event being closed I’ve taken the opportunity to set up an online shop called ‘Buy Art’ where you’ll be able to either choose a painting, works on paper or even buy a selection of pretty greetings cards.
Last year I took a really interesting course called the Creative Visionary Project or CVP for short. It’s a 12 week online art course by American artist Nicholas Wilton. Enrollment for The Creative Visionary Program is now open — and there are only a few days left to enroll. Enrollment closes on Thursday 27th February at 7.59am GMT. UK time.
As a past student, I wanted to share a little more about how the program has impacted me personally… Before CVP, I was happy with my art but felt ready to take my art practice further. It was time to delve deeper in to the possibilities and learn more. One of my key statements for last year was BOLDNESS to be braver and take more risks. Before CVP I sometimes got stuck in the middle stages of a painting CVP helped me to work through the struggles of this stage with more confidence and boldness to break through the barriers which held me back.
One of the challenging modules for me was working in black and white, this exercise really helped me to see the tonal values. Then using a limited palette of 3 colours plus black and white.
As a result I really let go and created work that I never would have done before and to be honest without taking CVP I probably wouldn’t have even bothered trying something so different. I entered one of them into the Holt Art Prize and it was selected to be shown! Talk about taking risks. ‘Rocky Orange’ acrylic on board
In short, The Creative Visionary Program is a place where I was given the tools I needed to understand colour mixing and creating colour harmonies.
Enrollment is open for just a few days and ends on early Thursday morning 27th February at 7.59am GMT although I’d probably do it earlier!
Happy 2020 and we’re halfway through January already. Today was one of the first really cold mornings, the primroses were all frosty and Saint Giles Church stood shrouded in mist.
As mentioned in last months inspirations I’ve taken several online courses and this year is about setting intentions and putting them into practice. Developing the business side of an art career is ongoing and I’m enjoying learning more about it. Those of you who have been following my work here or on social media have seen things evolve… so far I’m enjoying
Being an international artist with my paintings on show in Portugal
Enjoying one to one mentoring sessions
Running and teaching mixed media workshops on the Norfolk coast
Learning IT skills and developing my website
Being more of a risk taker!
A wonderful year of exhibitions is planned for the year ahead and I’m excited to announce my second solo exhibition at Salthouse Church on the North Norfolk coast opening in July.
This year is about developing a different approach to how l work, although it’s far too early to share these techniques at the moment. Here’s one tip for developing a richer body of work – try mixing colours such as Naples Yellow and Dioxazine Purple – now that’s an interesting combination of complementary colours. Try it and see!
Five new dates for my art workshops and they’re filling up fast. If you’re interested in joining me for a day of creativity click here to sign up to subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
More inspirations to follow next month…
Winter Open Studios came and went in a flash! Thank you to everyone who came to visit and as this last month of the year draws to a close it’s time to reflect on what went well this year and how to make 2020 one of my best art years to date!
During this year I’ve taken three online courses and I must be mad as I’ve found it so time consuming trying to keep up with the content. So if you’re looking at taking any online course then it’s best to probably just take one at a time and really enjoy it. The first one I signed up to is by Matt Tommey called ‘Created To Thrive’ CTT’. I really enjoy the community feel of this course and Matt is very good at marketing and engaging with his audience during the Facebook calls. The second one is called CVP which stands for the ‘Creative Visionary Project’ by an American artist called Nick Wilton. Nick opens this program once a year in the early Spring and it is for those artists who feel ready for a change in their art practice. This is why I took it as I felt the need to move myself forward and to take more risks with my art. This course helped me to try abstract painting with some great results with one of them being chosen for the Holt Art Prize. The third one is an online group called the ‘Connected Artists Group’ run by London based artist Alice Sheridan. It is mainly for supporting artists with the business side of running an art practice and Alice offers lots of support and tutorials which I’m finding very useful. So if you’re looking to try something new then I recommend taking a look at all of them for yourself.
Meanwhile back in the studio I’ve been creating and exploring new ideas from my walks and sketches along the coast. These photos are all works in progress for my up and coming solo show at Salthouse Church on the North Norfolk coast in July 2020. If you’re already on my monthly mailing list then you’ll have first insight about it, and if you’re not already on there then feel free to sign up to hear about my events, workshops and experimental projects. Lots more about this in the New Year….
Wishing you all the joy of the festive season and a Happy and Creative New Year.
The studio floor has been painted ready for Winter Open Studios! This year I’m opening my studio to celebrate the beginning of Advent and fellow still life artist Nick Elliot is opening his studio in Fakenham. All welcome to come and enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies.
Delighted to be showing with Norfolk by Design at Art Fair East at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Norwich. Opening Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December. 10.30am – 5.00pm. £3.50 entry fee (under 14s go free). Lots of interesting artists take part, making for an eclectic mix.
The winner of the ‘giveaway’ painting went to Rosanna Scott. Thank you to everyone who took part. I really appreciate it and hope to hold another subscriber winner event in the future. To be in with a chance of winning something original and created by me please join my monthly mailing list for news of up and coming events and workshops. Click on the link below-
October and I’m in the mood for a studio tidy up and refresh. It’s been five years of happiness since my studio was built at the top of the garden. And to celebrate I’m having a special ‘give away’ of an original piece of artwork.
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As part of this celebration I invited photographer Charlotte Bromley Davenport to take some photographs of me in the studio. It was a wonderful fun experience and I’m delighted with the results Charlotte managed to create.
In the studio I’ve been focused on working in a series of four paintings at a time so when displayed they will compliment each other. This seems to be a lot harder than it sounds as I’m a bit impulsive when creating and spring from one colour to the next. Although my colour palette is mainly blue I do love to experiment with sunset colours. Working as a painter there is never enough time to discover all the beautiful colours one can find just by using a limited palette. I recently went on a colour day workshop with artist and tutor Martin Laurance at Anteros in Norwich, it was a great day and I learnt so much from his knowledge of colour.
Having taken the Creative Visionary Project (CVP) course with Nicholas Wilton I feel my art is continuing to develop and is moving towards abstraction. I don’t really consider myself as an abstract painter but I do find it engaging and meditative to do.
Out and about this month in-between the rain showers!
Thank you to Reverent Rachel Alexander for inviting me to speak about Art & Faith at St. Mary’s Church in Snettisham. Public speaking really does require a leap of faith!
September inspiration comes from sailing around the Greek islands. My husband Robert and I had were invited to join some friends on their yacht. It was a wonderful adventure sailing the blue Ionian sea, however, I’m not too sure where this trip will take me regarding my artwork but that’s the point of exploring new places – you never know!
Below: Delighted this latest painting called ‘Sea Bright’ has found a new home. Thanks to ‘Sea Pictures’ Gallery, in Suffolk.
Below: Such a great day for the last of this year’s mixed media workshops at Burnham Overy Staithe. Ten students enjoyed the challenge of sketching outside in the elements, before working up one of their sketches into a painting using acrylics and mixed media. I’ve just booked some dates for my 2020 workshops so if you’re interested in learning how to use mixed media in your artwork then you may like to join one of my classes. Just click on the link below to find out more.
Meanwhile back in the studio I’ve had a fabulous photo shoot with the highly talented photograper and artist Charlotte I’m having a bit of clear up before creating a new series of artworks for various exhibitions and galleries representing my work.
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It’s all about play! I’ve just finished an online course called CVP (Creative Visionary Project) with Artist Nick Wilton which has taken over most of my life for the last three months. Now I’m in the process of letting what I’ve learnt sink into developing my art practice. Every artist,at some point, has that urge to progress, take more risks and to push themselves out of the boat and into the deeper waters. For me, I normally do this through setting my self some ‘play time’ that is getting into the studio and work in my sketchbook or directly onto 30x30cm boards, once set up I make different marks using various brushes, scrapers and palette knives. I’m also trying out different colours to the ones that I’d normally use. As you can see below I have used a limited palette of just three colours Amsterdam ‘Kings Blue’ Winsor & Newton ‘Lemon Yellow’, Daler Rowney Systems 3 ‘Process Magenta’ plus Paynes Grey and Titanium White. The brush used to apply the colour samples is by Jackson’s art supplies. S.5551 No.6 PROCRYL. The sketchbook is by Seawhite of Brighton 19.5×19.5cm.
Above: experimental work in progress, adding torn bits of paper for creating a sense of composition and ideas
Below: my evolving style from taking the CVP art workshop, here I’m using a brighter colour palette!
Above: Top Tip – try cropping areas of your paintings using a cardboard framing mount. Quickly maneuver it over areas of interest to find intriguing shapes, colour and design. Remember to take a quick photo for future reference
Above: ‘Fisher of Men’ painted ‘live’ during worship at the New Dawn Christian Conference 2019. This is something new and I’m inviting lots of other artists who’d like to join me in 2020 to contact me and get involved
Student’s work: from a recent workshop I gave to a local art group
Above: Student’s enjoying a fun morning painting at a recent art workshop I gave for a 60th birthday party
Feel free to get in touch if you’d like me to deliver an art workshop for you or your art group.