“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

Expressive drawing with charcoal: A free video lesson

  If you've been hanging around here for a while, you'll know I 'quite like' charcoal. It perfectly suits my love of freedom and expressive art making - it's tactile, bold, versatile, and yeah, pretty gloriously messy. :) I love it so much I created a course to share...

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One simple trick to make better paintings

  Let me preface this with a caveat - I endeavour not to use qualitative statements about art. No 'good', 'bad', and therefore also no 'better' or 'worse'. Value judgements are both arbitrary and not helpful, especially when you're in the early stages of learning your...

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16 ways to make a painting more abstract

  One of the most popular questions I hear from artists is 'how can I make a painting more abstract?' So many of us come from a background that told us 'good art = realistic art", and it can be hard to break away from that into something more abstract and expressive....

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2017: A year in creative business | 2

Continuing from Part 1 of my annual look back over the year in my art and work... Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.   July Podcasting By far the scariest thing I did this year was.... wait for it.... a podcast interview. Kristen Kalp's podcast, brilliantly...

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2017: A year in creative business | 1

In recent years each December I've done a round up of the past twelve months in my art and business. It's always surprising, validating, and insight-bringing to revisit the things I did, the boundaries I broke through, the things that didn't work out as well as...

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My Creative Year: Free ‘non planner’ for creatives

  It's that time of year again, when we start to think about where we've been and where we might be going in the months ahead. I both love and don't really love this time. I do love to look back over the year just gone, because I'm always surprised to see...

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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.

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