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)

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Enter a conundrum

When seasons change I always enter a conundrum. As a landscape painter and as an artist who works and sketches outside, and then uses these sketches in the studio, my work inevitably follows the Seasons. My inspiration is from the landscape, so as the weather changes so does my work.

The conundrum comes when I have lots of sketches and sketchbooks filled up to work from from the passing season. Do I work them into full works or push onto the new season?

I know this sounds a simple issue. However every year I look back at my sketches and think I didn’t maximise each Season enough. Meaning I didn’t really work from as many sketches as I could have. Seems such a waste in one way. Not that any sketching is ever a waste!

So here I am at another turn of the Seasons – and how beautiful Autumn is looking this year! I have several bundles of sketches, several sketch books plus two holiday concertinas still to be painted from; and I am drawn to go out and paint the amazing hues of Autumn. With all its luscious golds and fiery streaks of copper, how could I miss this opportunity.

Perhaps I just have to accept it’s part of the journey. I love to meander through my sketchbooks for inspiration. And I often sketch on single sheets that go on to live in a big plan chest along with shells, stones, feathers, sticks, dried leaves and such. It’s great to spend time there; inside feeling outside.

The simple answer would be to paint more. However I’m in the studio all the time. I’m not the fastest painter and all my works are layered and layered. I don’t want to paint faster, that would not be right for me and my process and would bring about unthought, hurried work. I would hate that. I can’t physically paint more. As it is, friends and family call my studio the vortex as I go in and never come out. So I think I’m just off to explore and enjoy the autumn golds and streaks of copper. Who can resist a season change!


Other recent blogs

Deeply connected to colour

I’ve been pondering recently on colour. As in what colours I use regularly; and those I don’t use at all. These thoughts were prompted by a recent art supplies order, when I realised I order a lot of the same colours, almost on repeat. An artist’s palette is such a personal thing. Over the years… Read more »


I just like the freedom

I can’t paint unless I have bare feet. In general I don’t like my feet being in shoes anyway. However if I can’t feel the ground underneath me while I paint I have real difficulty in connecting to the work. Painting outside with this peccadillo is a problem. The summer is fine you can kick… Read more »


The rolling of the seasons

The weather and season is changing and I have been sketching, painting and walking along the top of Bury Hill and down through the fields and paths to Amberley. It’s wonderful when you work outside to see the rolling of the seasons. I think you become aware of nature in a different way when you… Read more »


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