All posts tagged: lifestyle

Answering your Instagram questions

I get a lot of questions on my Instagram about my practice. So I thought it may be helpful to both my collectors, aspiring collectors and other artists to share a list of those FAQs. Here we go. Where did you learn to paint? This is one with a bit of a back story, so indulge me for a second! I am self taught. I actually studied Psychology at the University of Exeter because at the age of 18 I didn’t think I could make any money as an artist and had absolutely no idea what career I wanted to follow. I mean how many of us actually do at the age of 18? So anyway off I went to uni to study something I found interesting at A Level but let’s be honest, I had no intention of becoming a Psychologist. Surprise, surprise when I graduated and came back from travelling I was lost. In the first few months/years of trying to find a job I was suited for I floated from office job …

Secrets and creative expression

This is what I’m working on right now.  I’ve been commissioned to paint a wedding present to the future bride and groom. It’s always an honour to be asked to paint something meaningful for people, but there’s also the added pressure that you don’t capture their essence when painting a portrait. I’m afraid I can’t show you their faces just yet, it’s a surprise. Have a beautiful weekend and stay creative 💕

So What

A playful look at one of nature’s more gentle and endearing creatures, the humble cow! This bold and vibrant mixed media piece was inspired by a walk I took whilst exploring the countryside of the area I had recently moved to. I was absorbed in taking reference photos for my latest landscape piece of the beautiful fields I was standing in when I heard a distinct rustling next to me. As I quickly turned to find the source of the noise, I was greeted with this friendly and quizzical face staring idly at me over the top of the bushes. It made me smile, so I decided to paint her in the hope that she would make others smile too! Infused with positive energy and bright colours, this piece would make a unique and eye catching addition to any room.  Now available via my Art Finder Store.  10% of the sale price will be donated to the Soi Dog Foundation.

Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal

The best kind of Sundays are undoubtedly spent with a paint brush in my hand, and with paint on my face.  Today I have been having UBER amounts of fun painting a colourful little duck family with oils on MDF board.  This is the first time I have ever painted on MDF board with oils, and I have to say it’s a lovely surface to paint on- so smooth and forgiving with the crazy colours and energetic brush strokes that I tend to use with my work!  I cannot wait to experiment more with this surface with my new collection of paintings ‘The Joy of Animals’.  This collection of work will be in aid of raising awareness for the Soi Dog Foundation, a charity who provide invaluable support to some of Thailand’s most desperate dogs.  Once the collection is complete, I will be donating 10% of all sales to the charity.  However, it’s now time for me to pack up my paint brushes tomorrow and head home to Wales for Christmas.  I cannot believe just how …

Why Art Is Like Magic

There is nothing quite like the joy of learning to paint and finding out all the little ‘tricks’ that improve your artwork.  As a self taught artist, who first really began painting just over a year ago, I am still in the process of discovering effective techniques- and I really do mean DISCOVERING.  There is an absolute wealth of information available in books, magazines, and on-line for anyone who wants to learn a thing or two about the ‘proper way’ of painting.  I could have spent hours and hours reading some of these sources of information in great detail before I embarked on my journey of discovering how to paint, but I didn’t.  I found that the more I read, the more I became overwhelmed with information and afraid that I would do it wrong.  As a general rule,  I just don’t believe that something done for enjoyment should be tainted by any sort of anxiety or fear of failure-where is the joy in that?  So I threw caution to the wind and started to paint, and despite having NO idea what I was doing, …