Getting ready for summer sketching

Getting ready for summer sketching

Summer is coming and it’s a great excuse to get out of the studio and into the big wide world to capture what’s going on around you. Here are some tips about sketching outside.   Why sketch outside? Working from life is very different to working from...
Sketching

Sketching

I’ve spent the weekend sketching (with paint) and it’s really brought home to me the importance of keeping up with regular painting and drawing from life. I think it might have been my last year’s resolution to sketch more, though I didn’t do...
Finding your art style

Finding your art style

When you are learning how to draw and paint being able to recognise your style can be one of the biggest frustrations, but it just means learning how to paint consistently, confidently and recognisably in your own visual ‘voice’. Learning from others For a...
Confidence

Confidence

I had a wobbly week the other week, I completely lost my confidence. Being an artist is pretty much all about having confidence in your work to show people what you’ve done so it’s not great when you lose it, but I think it’s an occupational hazard...
Keeping myself organised

Keeping myself organised

I’m the sort of person who embraces creative chaos and wears it as a badge of honour, my husband jokes that I leave a trail of destruction in my wake, but this year my new year’s resolution was to be more organised and three months in I think it’s...
Finding a tutor

Finding a tutor

When I first started painting I was very definite that I wanted to learn all by myself without going to learn from a tutor. The reason I gave myself was that I didn’t want to pick up the style of that particular tutor and use it in place of developing my own....

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