Got a Question?

Something you’d like to ask 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 as soon as I can.

Thank you for stopping by. :)


Will you critique my painting?

Unfortunately it’s not possible for me to offer individual painting feedback outside of 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'd like to take one of your courses. How do I know which one is right for me?

Yay! And great question! Currently I offer three signature courses and an array of shorter ones, which all cover different aspects of the artist experience. Many of my courses are available with instant access, and all with lifetime access, so you can take them at your own pace. They also come with an invitation to my private Facebook community, which is incredibly warm and welcoming, so you don’t have to go it alone!

Longer Courses

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. 

Abstractify is my popular course, and is the one 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… 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.

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. 

Shorter Courses

Expressive Charcoal is for you if you’re curious about charcoal but aren’t sure how to use it. The lessons are all aimed at helping you loosen up, be more expressive, and have fun getting acquainted with this wonderful tactile medium, while discovering ways to use it in your own art.

Artist Inspired is a course that arrives by email over a few weeks, and is focused on reviving your enthusiasm and helping you discover new ways of expressing yourself, using some of the great masters of art for inspiration. This isn’t about copying; it’s about looking to those who have gone before us and taking cues from them to make art that’s uniquely your own. And perhaps best of all, it’s pay what you like. :)

Loosen Up is all about exactly that – exploring and overcoming one of the most common issues I see people struggling with – stopping your work from becoming overworked and more realistic than you’d like. This course is for anyone wanting to make more expressive, true-to-you art.

Practical Intuition is the one to take if you’re wanting to make your own oracle card deck and sharpen your intuition. Intuition plays a key part in expressing yourself through art, so while this isn’t an art course per se, it will likely have an impact on your own work.

Check out the courses page for more options!

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 the first thing I’ll 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'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 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 as specifically as you can.

I can't log into a course I purchased
This applies to courses on the Teachery platform, not the email courses, which don’t require a log in. If you’re having trouble logging in, there are two main reasons why this is happening:

  1. You’re trying to do so with a different email than the one you signed up to the course with. {This will keep bringing you back to the info page for the course.}
  2. You need to clear your cookies and/or cache.

Doing one or both of these usually solves the problem. If you’ve lost the email with the log in link in for the course you’re wanting to access, visit the appropriate Facebook group or the Creative Fire group if you’re a member and you’ll find log in links in the files there.

Do you offer in person workshops?

At the moment my work is all online; that’s what works best for both those around the world who’d like to take my courses and for me as a reclusive introvert. :)

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 and enthusiasm! I’m fortunate that there’s an outlet near where I live, but they can usually be found on Amazon or other online art stores.

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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. The paper isn’t buckle-proof {if there is such a thing}, but if it buckles I just put the painting under some books when dry and it flattens out fine.

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What tape do you use?
Usually Paint Pro low tack masking tape. It’s the best I’ve found so far for not peeling off half the paper with it.

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Would you be an affiliate for my product?

Thank you for thinking of me! I greatly value the trust I have with my community, and prefer to promote only products, books, or courses I have used myself. While I will always consider a product or book if asked, if it’s not something I would actually use or have genuinely found value in, then I would not be the best person to help promote your product. Thank you so much for your understanding and for helping me remain in the highest integrity with my audience.

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