Oiled Up….

I don’t know what I was expecting from my first ever oil painting class, but it wasn’t this! As I drove up the hill to the venue, past beautiful views and curious horses, I was expecting a messy day of oil paints, linseed oil and solvents. Instead, I discovered a way of working with oil…

Derwent Graphitint Gift

Apart from family, friends, cake and cards, one of the lovely things about having a birthday is being given new art supplies. This year, my mother-in-law gave me a fantastic set of 12 Derwent Graphitint pencils. Unlike the creamy and smooth watercolour pencils that I’ve previously used, these have a much more textured finish. You…

It’s About Time for Joanne Hall

In another blog post about finding creative time, I’m thrilled to share with you the advice and tips from writer Joanne Hall.You may know her as the author of The Art Of Forgetting series, Spark and Carousel and the forthcoming book The Summer Goddess. Jo is not only a full time author, but also the…

yltnereffiD kooL

Don’t Panic – I haven’t suddenly lapsed into Welsh for this blog post! I just wanted to highlight a few tips that could help you with your latest work in progress, and that is to stop and look differently at what you are doing. As artists, we often spend hours and hours focussed on the…

My Space

  Let me lead you through a closed door to a corner of the bedroom that is now my mini ‘studio’.   It has one window that isn’t north facing as coveted by so many artists. Instead, I have a lighting set up that allows me to make the most of any free time I…

Have Paint Will Travel

Having all our family back home in Wales, I spend a lot of time away from the ‘studio’ of the spare bedroom and living in various parent’s houses. While it is lovely to see everyone that we miss, it does take up a lot of painting time – especially if you miss out on one…