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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...

HAVING TO ADJUST EXPECTATIONS

HAVING TO ADJUST EXPECTATIONS

We all live with little voices in our heads; or little creatures whispering in our ears; my daughter, a corporate trainer, calls them...

 
 
 



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 ...

Viewmaster House / React Architects

Viewmaster House / React Architects

© George Messaritakis Architects: React Architects Location: Paros, Greece Category: Residential Area: 200.0 m2 Project Year: 2017 Photographs: George Messaritakis Read more ...

Inverdon House / Chloe Naughton

Inverdon House / Chloe Naughton

© Benjamin Hosking Architects: Chloe Naughton Location: Bowen QLD 4805, Australia Category: Residential Area: 275.0 m2 Project Year: 2016 Photographs: Benjamin Hosking Read more ...

Contemporary Landscape of the Southwest, "Sedona," by Amy Whitehouse

Contemporary Landscape of the Southwest, "Sedona," by Amy Whitehouse

Oil, 16" x 20" $150 Sedona is magical day or night. I wanted to capturethat joyful and surprising qualitywith this painting of Sedona at night. Read more ...

Mixed Media Collage Landscape Painting,Trees "Walking in the Woods" © Carol...

Mixed Media Collage Landscape Painting,Trees "Walking in the Woods" © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Walking in the Woods", 10x10 inches, by Carol Nelson This collage landscape has several different paper components that add texture and interest to the... Read more ...

Dancers, Ballet Dancers, Little Girls Dance,Pink Dresses, Figurative Fine...

Dancers, Ballet Dancers, Little Girls Dance,Pink Dresses, Figurative Fine Art Oil Paintings "Dance Class" By Texas Artist Debra Hurd

24"x36" Oil on Canvas/sold Commissions welcome, more info HERE Visit to Read more ...

Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Fine Art Painting for Sale, Blue Art...

Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Fine Art Painting for Sale, Blue Art “UP” by Contemporary Expressionist Pamela Fowler Lordi

30"x30"x.75" Acrylic on Canvas/Available Read more ...

Garden Restroom / LAAB Architects

Garden Restroom / LAAB Architects

Courtesy of LAAB Architects Architects: LAAB Architects Location: Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Category: Public Architecture Area: 100.0 m2 Project Year: 2017 Photographs... Read more ...

Sierra House / Steyn Studio

Sierra House / Steyn Studio

© Imagen Subliminal Architects: Steyn Studio Location: Madrid, Spain Category: Residential Area: 268.0 m2 Project Year: 2018 Photographs: Imagen Subliminal Read more ...

Sketches at Yakhyeon Catholic Church

Sketches at Yakhyeon Catholic Church

Pencil, pen, watercolor, A 4 Much thanks for joining us! It was a cloudy and cold Monday. We expected that the church would be quiet after regular mass of Sunday. But others... Read more ...

Coal Hole: 1938

Coal Hole: 1938

September 1938. "Coal mining community near Welch, West Virginia." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size. Read more ...