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The Value of Social Media/Open Studios

THE VALUE OF SOCIAL MEDIA/OPEN STUDIOS

"Social media" often attracts bad press, and would seem, at face value, to be rather introspective, with most people using the social...

TRIAL AND ERROR

TRIAL AND ERROR

I read somewhere "Life is too short to learn painting only by trial and error". When I visit art forums on line, I am often confronted...

 
 
 

IS THAT A REAL PAINTING?

One of my India pastel PAINTINGS Someone I know, who paints beautiful pastels, sold one of her images to a customer, who informed her...

Having a goal in mind

HAVING A GOAL IN MIND

If you have a local "OPEN STUDIO" organisation in your area, do find out when the artists will be showing their works, and have a good...

 
 
 
THE VALUE OF CROPPING

THE VALUE OF CROPPING

We have looked at the use of cropping, as a tool for the artist to employ. It is particularly helpful when the image just isn't working...

THE VALUE OF UNDERSTANDING COLOUR

THE VALUE OF UNDERSTANDING COLOUR

Today I received a Facebook message from someone who said this: "Where did you gain your understanding of colour? This something I...

 
 
 
APOLOGIES

APOLOGIES

This post is aimed at those who have chosen to follow this blog. I am sure the vast majority of you are painters, and as such, would...

A VERY USEFUL DRAWING TOOL

A VERY USEFUL DRAWING TOOL

For those of you who like to draw with accuracy - particularly perhaps those who draw from photos, there is a tool on the market which...

 
 
 
PRODUCING A SERIES

PRODUCING A SERIES

I have just returned from a glass "Masterclass", and throughout the week, we were shown slides of our tutor's work and the progression...

SO SORRY TO BE SO ABSENT/Landscape Artist of the Year

SO SORRY TO BE SO ABSENT/LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

I am afraid I have been a bit pants as a blogger for some time really....but I do have an excuse, sort of! This week we are moving...

 
 
 
Where ON EARTH did a year go? Update/newsletter

WHERE ON EARTH DID A YEAR GO? UPDATE/NEWSLETTER

My goodness....where did the year go? If my readers have lost patience and abandoned me for other blogs, I truly do not blame them! It...

"I love the light. How did you get that?"

"I LOVE THE LIGHT. HOW DID YOU GET THAT?"

To be more specific, the question asked was this: "I love the light. This is unmistakably your elegant style and I'm interested to...

 
 
 
Feeling blue? not exactly!!!!

FEELING BLUE? NOT EXACTLY!!!!

Sometimes, we artists are drawn to a particular colour.. Although I do paint or create using a variety of different colours, something...

IN THE STUDIO - my enamelling corner

IN THE STUDIO - MY ENAMELLING CORNER

People are usually curious about artist's workspaces, and also about HOW they do what they do, so this little post is just to give...

 
 
 
"The end is near.."

"THE END IS NEAR.."

And now...the end is near...goodness, I sound like Frank Sinatra... Seriously folks, the end of the year is really nearly here, and...

APPROACHING GALLERIES - HOW TO AVOID THE FEAR!

APPROACHING GALLERIES - HOW TO AVOID THE FEAR!

I recently responded to a post on one of the forums I regularly visit - someone said they were "scared" to approach galleries with...

 
 
 
WORKING AFTER SURGERY!

WORKING AFTER SURGERY!

"Silver cliffs " framed glass panel This year has been a tricky one so far. I have had surgery on my hip, which meant weeks of sitting...

A CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF ME

A CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF ME

Crikey, I think I have been watching too many good guys/bad guys tv shows! "So - you wanna piece of me?" You have to laugh. The expression...

 
 
 
Working in Three Dimensions and a happy accident

WORKING IN THREE DIMENSIONS AND A HAPPY ACCIDENT

Sometimes, we have "happy accident" things happen... Having always painted in a fairly literal fashion, with lots of pre-planning,...

"Painting is a mysterious process, hovering strangely between a thought and a thing"

"PAINTING IS A MYSTERIOUS PROCESS, HOVERING STRANGELY BETWEEN A THOUGHT AND A THING"

So said one of my favourite artists, Arthur Maderson. And this resonates with me very strongly. Painting can certainly be a mysterious...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Lesser Ury, Nächtliche Straßenszene, Berlin

Lesser Ury, Nächtliche Straßenszene, Berlin

Private collection Date: c. 1920 Technique: Oil on canvas, 78.5 x 60.5 cm Source Read more ...

Xiaochaye Hutong / Beijing Qingzhu Architecture Design

Xiaochaye Hutong / Beijing Qingzhu Architecture Design

Northern yard birdview. Image © Jun Liu Architects: Beijing Qingzhu Architecture Design Location: Beijing, China Category: Residential Architect In Charge: Jun Liu Sewage... Read more ...

DPW Auction: Scarborough Beach Rocks - oil - 8"x8" - SOLD!

DPW Auction: Scarborough Beach Rocks - oil - 8"x8" - SOLD!

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Original Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media, Figure Art Painting “Shaman VI”...

Original Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media, Figure Art Painting “Shaman VI” by Contemporary Arizona Artist Pat Stacy

Original Abstract Mixed Media Mystical Painting 24"x12"x1.5 Mixed Media on Canvas/Available Read more ...

Contemporary Seascape, Abstract Seascape, Coastal Living Decor, Fine Art...

Contemporary Seascape, Abstract Seascape, Coastal Living Decor, Fine Art , Stormy Sea, "Afternoon Splash II- Skillern's Seas Series" by International Contemporary Artist Kimberly Conrad

Original 24"x24"x1.5" Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas The paint flow continues around the sides for a beautiful finish, wired and ready to hang, Signed on the side. Read more ...

Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Painting "ACCEPTING IT ALL" by Abstract...

Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Painting "ACCEPTING IT ALL" by Abstract Artist Pamela Fowler Lordi

Free shipping within the United States. 30"x24"x1.5" Mixed Media on Canvas/Available $575 Read more ...

Basis International School Park Lane Harbour / ZHUBO-AAO

Basis International School Park Lane Harbour / ZHUBO-AAO

Campus aerial view. Image © Chao Zhang Architects: Zhubo Design Location: Huiyang Distric, Huizhou City, Guangdong Province,China Category: Schools Project Director : Qiao... Read more ...

China Resources Archives Library / Studio Link-Arc

China Resources Archives Library / Studio Link-Arc

© Shengliang Su Architects: Studio Link-Arc Location: Xiao-Jing-Wan, Shenzhen, China Category: Cultural Architecture Lead Architects: Yichen Lu, Qinwen Cai Design Team: Wen... Read more ...

Student work from Santa Fe workshop

Student work from Santa Fe workshop

I recently gave a 4 day workshop in Santa Fe, NM - two days of Geologic Abstracts, and two days of the Paper Landscape. Here is a small sampling of my students' work. They were... Read more ...

Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Painting "SPRING OF SOPHOMORE YEAR" by...

Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Painting "SPRING OF SOPHOMORE YEAR" by Abstract Artist Pamela Fowler Lordi

Free shipping within the United States. 18"x18"x2" Acrylic on Canvas/Available For more info, Read more ...