My solution to a common artist stumbling block

My solution to a common artist stumbling block

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” Chinese proverb A few years back, I found myself tripping over what I’ve observed through my work of the past decade or so to be a common artist stumbling block. It might sound familiar. I was no...
How to read a painting

How to read a painting

What happens when you look at art? Do you intellectualise or go straight to the feels? Do you like to know who made it before you engage? Do you read the blurb next to a painting in a gallery, or on an artist’s website, or do you prefer to have a...
How you can take your art to the next level

How you can take your art to the next level

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times we’re in right now, but I’ve noticed there’s a lot of reassessing going on with people at the moment. When your world – quite literally – is thrown upside down, and on top of that your movements are...
9 reasons to paint in multiples

9 reasons to paint in multiples

Although these days I almost always paint in multiples, I used to make one painting at a time. It’s a completely valid approach and works for many artists, particularly – from my observation – for those whose work is very detailed and precise or...
How to work out what your unfinished painting needs

How to work out what your unfinished painting needs

It’s quite a common dilemma to reach a point with a work in progress where you know it’s not finished, but you don’t know how to work out what your unfinished painting actually needs to be ready to declare it complete. {And FYI, getting fed up and...
One effective way to make more interesting art

One effective way to make more interesting art

Note: This post was originally an Artnote. I’m sharing it today because while the context {the work I’m making} has shifted, the topic remains relevant, and I still use these ideas every time I’m in the studio. It also gives you a little peek into...

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