“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

You’re SO much more creative than you think

  Have you ever had that conversation where one of you is quite adamant that you're really not that creative? Maybe you're talking to someone who finds out you're an artist and instantly goes into 'oh I'm not artistic at all' mode. Or you're talking to an artist you...

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My 5 favourite art supplies & why you might love them too

  I was pottering around in the studio recently and realised there are certain tools and materials I gravitate towards over and over again. These are the art supplies that work with me - they support my process and the kind of art I want to make - but they're also...

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Do you know your own painting language?

  Have you ever thought about your way of painting as a language? I've found this to be a very useful metaphor, because it instantly clarifies that a} it's something in which you can become ever more fluent, and b} just as with your handwriting, you do also have a...

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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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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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