It’s Ok To Hit a Wall

As a writer, writer’s block is not unfamiliar to me. What surprised me, since starting to dabble with other art forms, is that you can hit a wall where all arts are concerned, I recently attempted to paint a portrait of The Beatles: I met the wall at this point. I was due to start…

The Art of Learning

“Live, as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn, as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi. If, like me, you are a budding artist, so to speak, and relatively new to art and if, like me, you are an untrained artist, what thoughts or plans do you have about how to develop…

Making a Canvas Wash

In this post, you will see how I go about making the background wash for my acrylic works. There is a short time-lapse video to watch, too. Do you enjoy the process of creating the wash? What is your experience of this aspect of building your artwork? Are you one for not laying down a…

Spring Advent

Evolution: I’m looking at the evolution of this, I feel I have made the final piece overly busy, Note to self, ‘less is more.’ I

‘The Green Man.’

The Green Man has been part of the culture of the British islands for perhaps as long as thousands of years; back into the days when pagan culture was prevalent, prior to the advent of Christianity. Here, I have created my own Green Man in the form of a painting. Have you been influenced to…

Portrait: Rupert Brooke

Evolution: I’m pleased with this. The more I look at the image I was painting from, the more I see good shaping. Yet, somehow I feel a compulsion to return to this and do more on it; maybe on shading and skin tone? How does an artist know when to stop and consider a piece…

Palette Art

I’ve been asked whether I use a ‘proper’ artist’s palette, for my paintings? Well, I’m not a trained artist and I just make practical use of whatever is around me. I have discovered that either the side of a cardboard box, the pages of a magazine or even just something that is about to be…

‘Bladerunner.’

I was stuck for ideas of what to paint. I decided to go to YouTube and just see what my news feed on there would show me. up popped a video on Bladerunner and there were other links that took me to a poster for the film. I decided to make y own interpretation of…

Portrait: James Dean

I am pleased with this portrait and, furthermore, it now hangs on the wall of our Aunty Ann’s little cottage, here in Suffolk!

Portrait: Barak Obama

This artwork was never about the politics. Park your political views aside and just focus on the fact that this man is a truly historic figure in world history. I felt fascinated by him and, with the cover of a book on the speeches of famous historical figures, I decided to try and paint the…