“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

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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The 7 Day Series Challenge: Participant Paintings 1

  Last week we finished up the third round of the 7 Day Series challenge over on Instagram, and once again it turned out to be a rich and interesting week for the participants! A week can seem deceptively short; every time I run this challenge I see people surprising...

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Make a mini painting series: The 7 day challenge is back!

Do you ever feel as though you might actually have several different artists with wildly varying ideas and skill sets living inside you? I have felt like this a lot over the years, particularly in the early days. One day I’d be making a vibrant abstract landscape...

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What to do when you don’t love your own art

Sometimes along the artist path, we reach a place where we don't actually love what we're making. Maybe it's because we're in a transitional phase, moving from one way of making art into something new. Or perhaps there's a lot going on in our personal lives that is...

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Expressive charcoal art: Student gallery

  When I first had the idea for the Expressive Charcoal course - and then when I was putting it together - I hoped to open up my enthusiasm to others in fun, action oriented, accessible ways so they could make their own discoveries. {Actually that's a fair description...

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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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