“We do not always create works of art, but rather, experiments.
It is not our intention to fill museums. We are gathering experience.”

Josef Albers

14 ways to be a happy artist: the workbook

  A while back I wrote a post titled 14 ways to be a happy artist. In it I talked about the things I'd learned in almost a decade of painting  - things which felt fundamental to being what I call a 'happy artist'. I feel I always have to qualify that phrase, because...

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13 artists share tips on loosening up your art

Looking for quick and easy ideas to loosen up your art? Read on! With the Loosen Up course currently open for registration, this whole idea of shaking up our art and moving away from tight habits has been on my mind a lot lately. So I decided to...

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Loosen Up: Free Sample Lesson

  Friends, I'm so excited - my latest course, Loosen Up, is finally here! As with all my courses, the not-so-secret premise is about supporting you in uncovering and developing your unique process and style as an artist. I've filled it with my favourite approaches...

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Giveaway! Win a place on the new Loosen Up painting course

***THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*** Thank you to all who entered and helped spread the word! The winners are: Terry Ellis Cassandra Arnold Dawn Hebig Tracey Downing Look out for an email with more details! *******   Well this one has been quite a long time coming! It's...

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On being inspired without copying – 3 examples

  I talk about being inspired by other artists fairly often, here on the blog and in some of my courses, because it's unavoidable for any of us who don't live in a vacuum. {Or have Instagram in our phones. ;) } For many of course it simply isn't an issue, perhaps...

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Artist Inspired II: Free Sample Lesson

Artist Inspired II is back! To celebrate, I decided to release part of a lesson from it for you to enjoy absolutely free. Perhaps it will inspire you to have a go at this approach, perhaps you'll decide you want to join us, or maybe it'll help you decide against it!...

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The 7 Day Series Challenge: Participant Paintings 2

Welcome to the second gallery of participant art from the most recent 7 Day Series challenge! So many of you responded after I put out a call for work from the week to share on the blog, I had to create two posts! Thank you for making the challenge such a fun and...

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artist + teacher + creative encourager

Welcome, artist friend!

I'm Tara, an artist, teacher, and creative encourager living in Cornwall in the UK. My work is about helping you find confidence and clarity in your process and expression as an artist.

I offer courses that focus on uncovering and developing what's unique about your artistic voice, loosening up for freedom of self expression, and a lighthearted but deeply meaningful approach to making art. I'm a big fan of action taking too, so you'll always find practical things to try here. Thank you for visiting!

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