“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

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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A gift guide for artists: 11 ideas for Christmas

The festive season is almost upon us, and other such cliches. :) I generally like to keep things low key over the holiday period but there are some aspects of it that I love, fairy lights and mince pies among them. I also love choosing gifts for loved...

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How to let your paintings go

Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art. Konstantin Stanislavski We've all been there. You've just finished a painting, and it feels like you poured yourself into it. You want to make it available for sale {or perhaps give it away} but the thought of letting...

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inspiration and ideas from the #experimentsincollage project

A couple of months back, I embarked on a new project, which I called Experiments in Collage. It was a way to play with some ideas I had and stay creative in an easy way while I prepared for my imminent move to Cornwall, while connecting and sharing the experience on...

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7 day series challenge 2017: participant paintings

We've just completed the second 7 day series challenge, and it was another rousing success. :)  The premise of the challenge is to create a series spanning a week in whatever medium you like, as a chance to explore your own work within a focus and time container, and...

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Make a mini painting series: The 7 day challenge returns!

***NOTE: The 2017 live challenge has now ended, but you can still download the worksheet and do it any time. There will be another 7 day series challenge next year!*** Last year I ran a week long painting series challenge designed to help those of us with magpie...

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