January 23, 2018
  • How to get texture into your art.

Warm and Cool Blues – Which are Which?

Recently I was tasked with a commission to do for a large room that was north facing and had a bit of a dark feel to it. I wanted to use blues colours in the painting, and to add some warmth, I wanted to use warm blues. Little did I know the conflict I would …

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Your Art in Our Book! Scam or Not?

I continually get emails from people or companies who profess to publish a book to showcase up and coming artists worldwide. I have to say I generally archive them immediately either with or without even reading them and I wondered if I was the only one to do this or if I am missing out …

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Every Painting is an Experiment

Just a quick post here as I have 5 minutes to spare after being at a talk by renowned UK artist Maggi Hambling this afternoon. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the talk as it was really about her latest book but it was a very entertaining  talk and I did buy one …

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Finding Inspiration for Abstract Art

Finding Inspiration for Abstract Art

Sometimes it is difficult to find inspiration for abstract paintings, but there are techniques that you can use to give you some ideas of what to paint and this is what I will explore in this article. How Do You Get Inspiration? Sometimes (in fact quite often) people ask me how I get inspiration for …

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Step by Step Textured Painting

So following on from my last post about using resin in my paintings I realised that I had actually meant to document the process of creating the painting shown in that article. So I put together all of the images I took during the creation process and have made them into a step by step …

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Google Earth and Resin!

So I wasn’t sure if I had posted about making paintings based on Google Earth images before but I don’t think I have so I will do so here! Anyway, I had the idea a few years ago when I was in Spain and I was looking for somewhere to visit by using Google Earth …

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What Makes a Good Painting?

This is more of a rhetorical question or a throwing about of ideas with anyone else welcome to pitch in, but I find sometimes writing about things brings out more ideas myself in what I can do in future. So, what makes a good painting? I have been thinking about this after I got an …

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Using Masking Tape for Textured Patterns

Masking tape is a really useful tool in painting I find, whether you just create patterns and paint over it, mask off edges of the painting to frame it or maybe use texture. In the past I have created a few paintings that have had a specific part of the painting that has raised texture …

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10 Things You Can Add to Texture

This month I have had my studio open as part of the local open studios event and during that time I have been doing some demonstrations on some textured canvases. As part of these demonstrations I have been including some additional elements to the texture to demonstrate different techniques. So as well as just using texture …

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When is a Painting Finished?

I have been thinking about this post for a while but I have been asking myself the question – when is a painting finished? – for quite a while! It first started when I began to paint semi-professionally in about 2004 when a friend of mine asked if I would like a professional artist friend …

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