Learning a Lesson the Hard Way

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Painting | 4 Comments

In the last 2 weeks I have lost 3 good paintings. I didn’t misplace them. I painted over them. I didn’t do it on purpose, of course. I thought I was developing each one from interesting idea into finished piece. But in each case, my additional work made the painting worse and my subsequent attempts […]

Here’s to Glorious Messes!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Painting | 10 Comments

  “People forget that art is work. Nobody never just did awesome things all the time without pain and practice, perseverance and exploration.” These wise words came to me in an email this week from a fellow artist. A few months ago, the painter Lesley Birch told me something similar. “This is hard!” she said, “no-one ever […]

No More Cows!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
No More Cows!

A few years ago, I became fascinated with cows. I photographed them, talked to them, painted them, and drew them. It was great fun and people liked them. They proved it by handing over their hard-earned money. It would be easy to just keep painting the same subject given its popularity, but I’ve never been […]

The Evolution of a Painting

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Painting | 12 Comments
The Evolution of a Painting

If you’re anything like I used to be, you think that real artists know exactly what they are doing. They sit down at their easel or table with an idea in mind. And when they start working, they proceed steadily until that idea has been realized, at which point they sit back with a satisfied […]

A New Start

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

I have been stuck with my work for some time. I knew what I wanted to express, but I didn’t know where to begin. Until recently, it had been a year since I produced anything I really liked. I tried waiting for inspiration and it didn’t come. I tried forcing myself to paint and just […]

I’m in Love Again!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Do you know that Bjork song? The one about falling in love. Where it’s all so quiet and then it all goes nuts? And she keeps falling in and out of love … quiet, then loud, then quiet, then loud … That’s how making art feels to me. I get lost sometimes and fall out […]

I Remember this Feeling!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such a sense of direction and purpose to my art. The truth is that I’ve been feeling a little lost for maybe the last year or more. The thing is, I know better.  I know how to do this.  I know that it’s all about showing up […]

Another Brick in the Wall

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I haven’t painted much in the last few months. Or at least, I haven’t painted the kind of work I’m excited to share.  I don’t know if it’s the weather (which has been unremittingly awful here in the North of England) or if it’s something else, but I just haven’t felt inspired by my work at […]

Red Dot!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

A few months ago, I entered 3 mixed media pieces into a local juried art exhibition. It’s only the second time I’ve done that as I mostly sell via Facebook and RedBubble. And this is new work is in a different style, so I was unsure how it would be received. But all 3 pieces […]

Feeling The Way Towards an Idea

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | One Comment

At night where I live it gets very dark. There are no street lights and once everyone goes to bed, it’s hard to see more than a few steps ahead. I like to go outside late at night and just listen to the quiet, but I have to hold my hand out in front of me […]