Week One of CVP and I’m Already Different

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in Art2Life CVP, Painting | No Comments

If you missed my last post, I have just started a 3-month online course called the Creative Visionary Program with Nicholas Wilton. The course doesn’t throw us right into painting – instead we are spending this week and next reflecting on what inspires us – not only artistically, but just in general – when do […]

An Incredible Stroke of Luck

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Art2Life CVP, Painting | 4 Comments

Apparently, the Dalai Lama once said: “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes an incredible stroke of luck.” This year I was determined to take my art to a new level and I picked out several artists I wanted to learn from. But none of them panned out- the classes were either fully […]

How I Made “Sky and Stone”

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Painting | 2 Comments

I’m excited about the direction of my latest work and I wanted to share one of my new paintings – but also to share my new process, because I think process and result are closely linked. I have found that whenever I start with an end in mind, the results are disappointing. If I plan […]

10 Ways to Get Past a Creative Block

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Painting | No Comments

I recently had an email conversation with a reader who is struggling with painter’s block (and yes there is such a thing – I can attest to that!). She wrote: I think part of my problem is my expectation that every painting turn out well. I know it’s not a reasonable expectation, but I still […]

Tangled up in Blue

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Painting | 6 Comments

The colour blue seems to have taken over my work lately. I assume it’s something to do with the arrival of winter although I honestly don’t know that for sure. Once upon a time, I would have worried about it – “all your paintings are blue” the mean little voice in my head would have […]

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 […]