“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

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...

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Do you know your own painting language?

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE HAS NOW BEEN UPGRADED AND TURNED INTO A LOW COST COURSE. YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.** 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...

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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,...

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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...

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Giveaway! Win a place on the new Loosen Up painting course

***THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*** Thank you to all who entered and helped spread the word! The winners are: Terry Ellis Cassandra Arnold Dawn Hebig Tracey Downing Look out for an email with more details! *******   Well this one has been quite a long time coming!...

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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!

Next Course: Starts March 2019

Artist Inspired II

Happy Artist Workbook

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10 days to making art you love - free course

The ‘make your art’ book

Creative Spark by Tara Leaver

The poem book

My favourite art supply store


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“It’s great fun to learn about how another artist is navigating her world. I like all the art tips too. You seem to simply want to help and nurture and empathize and share your experience. It’s a breath of fresh air." —Ellen Stoune

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