Field Notes (blogs and vlogs)

Whilst I would like to say I blog regularly, the constriction of doing something regularly just takes the fun away. However, I love to share my thoughts and ideas and recently this is taking form as vlog posts which I call ‘Friday Chats’. Being a painter is quite a solitary life and I use social media a lot to engage with my audience. So this is a section to have some blogs and also random thoughts, musings, little experiments and what nots.

Art friday chats (vlogs)

Most recent blog

Just changing perspective

Taking time out from the daily grind is important for us all. However sometimes I think just being in a different location is as good as a rest.

I’ve been taking some family time in Wales this week and really enjoyed being away from the studio and painting in the Wales landscape and forest. Sometimes just changing perspective gives such a new take on your own painting.

When we go away, my paints always come. I always pack them. Sometimes I think if I don’t paint it’s ok, but then I feel a new vigour and outlook when away, fully relaxed and then out the paints come.

Some of my best breakthroughs have been when painting away. I’m not one much for huge workshops and classes and working with others. I really like solitary painting. And I find experimenting when away is often successful as I don’t set out with as much in mind as when working in the studio. Coming back, I may ignore the new ideas or they become the core of a new series. We all have to find our best way of working and what works for each of us.

For me, maybe the holiday is not as much of a rest from painting as I had first thought?

How do you reinvigorate your own painting? And where best do you experiment?

Other recent blogs

Working through my process backwards

Recently I have been asked to under take a commission. In general I don’t do commissions. Especially commissions where I am requested to recreate another work like one of my previous paintings. My process is not formulaic at all. I do not aim to create representational works of a particular place. More a sense of… Read more »


The process of abstraction

It is interesting that we like to put labels on things. I was talking to a friend recently about my work. She asked me where the painting location was – where was the landscape I had painted. She wanted to name it; and expected the work to reflect the name of location. It made me… Read more »


Such a sacred place

As the weather is changing I am starting to wonder when to put the heating on in the studio. The studio is such a sacred place in which to create. ¬†Creation is what happens in a studio. And for me I have noticed over the years that temperature is key to this. Too cosy and… Read more »


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