lifebuoy_white_350Got a question about art or creativity, or a specific enquiry about supplies, or one of my courses? First, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions below. If your answer isn’t there, use the form at the bottom of the page and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours, usually much sooner.

Thank you so much for stopping by. :)


Frequently Asked Questions

What sketchbooks do you use?

My favourite make thus far is Seawhite of Brighton. I like both the spiral bound and the cloth covered versions. The gsm is under 200 but they seem to stand up fairly well to all my layers! I’m fortunate that there’s an outlet near where I live, but they can sometimes be found on Amazon or other online art stores.

What paper do you use for your paintings?

Again, I love Seawhite Acrylic painting pads, A3 size. They are 360gsm, have a surface similar to watercolour paper, and stand up superbly to all the layers and water I throw at them.

Will you critique my painting?

Unfortunately it’s not possible for me to offer individual painting feedback outside of live courses or my private Facebook community for Artnote subscribers and course alumni {you can sign up here for access}.

Here’s an exercise that might help you move forward if you’re stuck right now.

Set a timer for two minutes. Start the timer and paint continuously for two minutes, irrespective of negative internal backchat or not ‘knowing what you’re doing’. Just paint.

When the two minutes are up, start the timer again and this time step back and just look for two minutes. Stay open, look at each part of the painting and listen for your next move. When those two minutes are up, do whatever came to you during the looking time. Usually it’s something very simple; ‘put a line here’, ‘put white there’. Don’t expect detailed instructions or logic!

Feel into the process as much as you can. Keep switching back and forth between these two modes until you feel complete. The least that will happen is that the painting moves forward out of its current stuck point, and it might even resolve into something you love!

I’m a newbie to art/coming back to it after a long hiatus, and feeling quite overwhelmed about where to start. What do you suggest?

First, a breath! :) If you haven’t already visited the Start Here page on my website, that will introduce you to a few things.

My favourite go to for simplicity, ease, and fun, and as a way into making some ‘low risk’ art, is blind contour drawing. Signing up for Artnotes will give you access to a lesson, or you can see one here.

My final suggestion is take your time and allow it to be an ongoing process. Expecting to make art you love from the get go is sometimes a tall order, and even the most experienced artists make art they think is crap sometimes. It’s part of the process, not a sign that you’re on the wrong track. Stick with it! If you’re hearing the call, it’s in you.

I’ve signed up for Artnotes/a free course and haven’t received the confirmation email. What do I do?

Please check your junk folder or other tabs if you use Gmail, and make sure to whitelist it {mark it ‘not spam’ or ‘safe’} so future emails will reach your inbox. Sometimes an email provider’s settings block certain types of email, and unfortunately that can include the confirmation emails. If it’s nowhere to be found, try signing up with a different email address. This is what I will suggest if you email directly; it’s not something I can control {annoyingly!} so sometimes it’s just about finding a workaround. If you are still having trouble, use the contact form below, letting me know exactly what you signed up for and the email you used to do so {this way I can easily check what happened in my system}.

I’ve registered for a course but haven’t received a confirmation email or log in details. What do I do?

If you’ve already checked spam folders, please use the form below to contact me, letting me know which course you’re referring to, the email address you used to sign up for it, and the exact problem.

How do I know which course is right for me?

Great question! Currently I offer three main signature courses, which all cover different aspects of the artist experience.

Creative Spark is best if you’re a beginner with art, or returning to it after a long time. If you’re feeling a lack of confidence, or finding it hard to know where to start, and are looking for simple, easy, and fun approaches to get you making art with greater ease and confidence, this one’s for you. It’s six weeks long and self paced, so you can start whenever you like and go through it at a pace that suits you. It also comes with an invitation to my private Facebook group for all course alumni, so you have access to support and feedback.

Abstractify is the course I created in response to so many of us {myself included} struggling with finding our own artistic style and voice amongst all the inspiration out there, and all the courses that result in beautiful work, but work that looks like the teacher’s. If you want to uncover and develop how you make art, so that you can create cohesive and true-to-you work, this is the course for you. It’s available self paced and I run it live between two dates once a year. The self paced version includes an invitation to my private Facebook group for all course alumni, so you have access to support and feedback, while the live sessions have dedicated private groups.

Touchstone focuses on building the artist’s life that’s going to suit you best, whether that means simply making more art, more often, or working towards a full time career, or anything in between. It’s about getting to know who you are as an artist, clarifying your process, learning to deal with the inevitable demons that arise as part of being an actively creative person, and how to make your art fit into your life in sustainable and meaningful ways. The course is available with instant access and is also run as a live session once a year. The self paced version includes an invitation to my private Facebook group for all course alumni, so you have access to support and feedback, while the live sessions have dedicated private groups.


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