So we’re enjoying a beautiful Indian Summer – the sunshine is most welcome as we venture into the autumnal hues.
This month has been busy getting ready for Norfolk Open Studios. At long last I’ve had the luxury of installing an under flooring heating system so my feet can now stay warm during the winter! A big thank you to Mr Ross for his hard work and to Norfolk Alarms Limited for laying the heat mat and wiring everything up. I’m thrilled as it’s a dream come true! My studio feels complete at last! It was a big upheaval getting everything out and now it’s tidying and sorting all the stuff that artists seem to collect.
Thank you to any new subscribers who have signed up to my mailing list/newsletter I hope you enjoyed the fresh new look.
What are you up to this month? The weather isn’t that sunny or hot and it’s a grey, drizzly kind of day as I’m writing this month’s inspirations.
Lovely visit from Sarah at Sea Pictures Gallery who came to collect four new paintings for their next show called ‘Sea Nature’ which opens on 9th September. To find out more visit the website: https://www.seapicturesgallery.com/
For those who came to visit me during North Norfolk Studios in the Spring will know that I love gardening.. here is how it’s looking this August. I adore ‘Agapanthus’ and Mr Ross loves these vibrant ‘Black eyed Susie’s’ What a zing they’re given to everyone who visits.
This month is all about new beginnings and is something I want to encourage any artist to try this month.
I started this large piece as a reaction to the first lockdown in March 2020. I wanted to explore new colours and brush marks. It was all very experimental and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or wanted to keep it – (some of you may have seen it during my solo exhibition at Salthouse church last August). After some deep thinking I decided to work back over it and to create something that felt more like ‘me’!
Sometimes it’s difficult to understand what more ‘me’ feels like, but having created hundred’s of artworks over the years I know it’s when I just focus on the process of making art rather than the final results!
Preparing to video my online art class!
Yes – it’s finally happening. This month I’ve started filming my first ever online art course. It’s challenging, but I’m determined to see this through. If you’re at all interested in progressing your art and learning from me then sign up to my mailing list for a special introductory offer.
June already and the weather has been glorious for the start of North Norfolk Open Studios! The event ends on and includes Sunday 6th June. I’m opening from 10am – 5pm. If you’d like to visit please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you’re welcome to make a private appointment to come and view the studio at a convenient date and time.
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch.
Delighted to say that I’m looking forward to opening my studio as part of North Norfolk Studios 29th May – 6th June. Time 10.00am – 5.00pm. I’m making an art trail with two other artists Nicholas Elliott and Vanda Richards. Nicholas Elliott lives in Fakenham and Vanda lives in Colkirk. I’m near Walsingham and we look forward to welcoming you. Social distancing measures shall be in place. If you cannot make it I’m creating a special page on my website so you can see what’s available to purchase. Or why not enjoy your own Private View with me! Just get in touch to let me know and we can arrange a Zoom meeting online. To book an appointment Click Here.
April already! I hope those who have signed up to my mailing list are getting my newsletters? I send one a month, so not too often, but several subscribers are saying they’re landing either in their spam or junk folders – so please take a look for them. This is why I’m looking into changing my email provider!
I’m writing this as we’re beginning to come out of lockdown…I’ve been emailing all of my students booked onto my art courses to say that two are being rearranged as the village hall is unable to open in May, due to the Government guidelines. So I’ll be running three art workshops this year and they’re all full. I’m sorry if you missed out but the good news is that I’m creating some online art courses and I’d love to hear what you’d like to learn? It could be anything from colour mixing to mark making just get in touch and let me know..
I’d love to hear what you’d like to learn from me – as the more I know what you’d like to learn the more exciting the course will be!
Thank you to the wonderful response about me getting on camera in a collaboration with Loxley Arts. I made a little promotional video for their YouTube channel – to take a look at it click here.
Oh and to say there’s a new selection of greeting cards available in the ‘Buy Art’ shop.
This is NEW! Delighted to say that I’m looking forward to opening my studio as part of North Norfolk Studios 29th May – 6th June. Time 10.00am – 5.00pm. I’m making an art trail with two other artists Nicholas Elliott and Vanda Richards, who live near me. You can find out more from the North Norfolk Studio website.
So excited! the new ‘Light & Hope’ collection, especially for the Artist Support Pledge is being released on Friday 5th March to my subscribers. To view them feel free to join my mailing list. Click here to join.
A BIG thank you to all the subscribers who kindly bought a painting as part of the #artistsupportpledge. I’m truly delighted that all nine paintings sold out within the first day of releasing them. With such an overwhelming response several hopeful buyers sadly missed out – so I’m offering to create something similar as a commission at the same price of £200, including the frame, (plus £10 P+P). All you need to do is to get in touch and let me know which style of painting you liked the look of and I’ll create something special just for you.
Below is a recent commission for a client who I first met during Norfolk Open Studios several years ago. It’s always wonderful when people get in touch again to say they’d love something special for their home.
Last year I started working on some ideas for a branding refresh with a local graphic designer called J S Creative. Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with. He’s helped me to redesign my business cards, art workshop flyers and a new signature logo. You can take a look at his website at:
It’s snowing as I write my February Monthly Inspirations from the studio. With grey skies and a strong north easterly wind it’s feeling very cold in here today! I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to work even with the electric heater on but the views over the Holy Valley are stunning.
The new ‘Light & Hope’ collection of paintings is now at the framers, they will be available to purchase at the end of February or the beginning of March and subscribers will have the first viewing. If you’d like to hear more feel free to sign up to my mailing list. To join click here.
As the lockdown continues I’m offering them as part of the Artist Support Pledge as set up by Matthew Burrows on Instagram. I hope this collection releases the light and love of my calling as an artist and helps to lifts ones spirits whilst waiting for spring.
Have you heard? There is an exciting opportunity coming up that I want to share with you…I went on to take the full course in 2019 as I was ready to learn more and I wanted to try something new. Artist and tutor Nicholas Wilton, is about to begin his annual Art2Life online course. The Creative Visionary Program or CVP is now open. Enrollment is between 19 – 24th February 11:59 Pacific time. Or until Thursday 25th Feb 7:59am UK time. There’s still time to join!
Well here we are in 2021! It’s been a hard start to the New Year for so many of us in many ways. Especially here in the UK with a third lock down and in the US. To be honest it’s sometimes best just to switch off listening to the news to try and have a clear head.
Meanwhile back in the studio it’s feeling very cold even with thermal socks and fluffy boots! However, I’m slowly getting back into painting and creating a new collection. If you take a look at the photograph below you can see I’m in the middle stages where it’s easy to get stuck and not sure how to move them forward. This is when I tend to just leave them and make a start on some more blank panels…and I have to say it’s not a good habit at all. At the beginning of a New Year I like to pull out all of my unfinished paintings and take a fresh look at them. I like to write notes on pieces of masking tape and stick them onto the paintings as a reminder of things to try.
Another tip to check if a painting may be finished or not is to lay it on top of a spare frame. This can transform what you may have thought as an unfinished piece into a definite ‘yes’ it is finished. Then you have the joy of putting it aside as part of your finished paintings.
Exciting news! I’m just about ready to release a collection of new paintings especially for the Artist Support Pledge as set up by Matthew Burrows on Instagram. If you’re already on my mailing list then you’ll receive a link to view them once they’re released. Called ‘Light & Hope’ I hope this collection brings some light and lifts your spirit as we look forward to the Spring. To join my mailing list Click here.
Above is a recent painting which is now on show and available to purchase at Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare in Suffolk. ‘Restful Spirit I’ Beautifully framed by Heather at Great Walsingham Gallery in Norfolk.
As mentioned in last month’s inspirations I thought I’d share with you some of the colours I used for my latest commission and recent collection of paintings. Colour mixing is an interesting and fascinating way to learn about how different hues work together. At the moment I’m really enjoying mixing Liquitex Acrylic Green Gold with Liquitex Dioxazine Purple to create a rich mix of autumnal greens. The tonal values are lightened by adding either Titanium White or Buff Titanium as seen below. For the marshes I used a mix of Dioxazine Purple and Daler Rowney Quinacridone Burnt Orange which created an interesting mix of muddy looking purples. By adding some Buff Titaninum the colours became more opaque. Another way to darken the mix would be to add a touch of Burnt Umber. If you’re interested in creating something similar then why not give it a try!
Thank you for your support and interest in my artwork through a difficult and challenging year. It’s been very much appreciated.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a creative New Year!