I DON’T LIKE BORING BEIGE! But I do love colour! Would you like to come on a journey with me exploring colour? I love putting colours together to see how they play with each other and i love sharing my passion with you. Every piece of work I make is a journey into what different colours do to each other. It is the most magical way to live, I get to live it every day and I would love for you to live it with me.

My love affair with colour

My love affair with colour As many of you know, I love colour. Every piece of artwork I make starts with me thinking about the colours I want to use … Continue reading My love affair with colour

How to measure exhibition success.

133rd Blog post   record keeping (again) Yes, we are back to record keeping, this time following the art exhibition I took part in at Painshill Park a couple of weeks … Continue reading How to measure exhibition success.

What to consider for your 2021 exhibitions

Blog post #132 – After the exhibition I have just taken part in my first in person exhibition since March 2020 and wanted to share what I learned from the … Continue reading What to consider for your 2021 exhibitions

Featured Artist –

Featured Artist – Karen Dickinson What is your name (or the name you go by for your art)? Professionally, I’m Karen Dickinson Studio but I am also known as karentillyart … Continue reading Featured Artist –

Exhibitions – hanging facilities and art stands.

Exhibitions – hanging facilities and art stands. At the end of this month, I will be taking part in my first exhibition this year inside a marquee in Painshill Park, … Continue reading Exhibitions – hanging facilities and art stands.

How to keep stock records (and why you should)

Following on from last month’s blog about using your journal and record keeping, specifically keeping your books up to date to file your tax returns, I want to focus this … Continue reading How to keep stock records (and why you should)

How to pick an art class

Blog post #127 Art classes – how to pick the best one The other day I was asked how to find a good art class. If you google “art classes”, … Continue reading How to pick an art class

Featured Artists Deborah Waters

This months featured artist is Deborah, I hope you enjoy her story. What is your name (or the name you go by for your art)? Deborah Waters, AKA Desirables by … Continue reading Featured Artists Deborah Waters

How to keep on top of organising your artwork

A few years back I wrote about clearing out my art studio in preparation for moving to a new house. As we are now very close to actually moving, I … Continue reading How to keep on top of organising your artwork

How to use your journal for accounts records

Blog post #123 Continuing to work with your journal keeping plus more. Are you still managing to use your journal? I hope so, but if you’re not don’t feel bad. … Continue reading How to use your journal for accounts records

How to get your artwork exhibition ready

This week’s blog is a reworking of one I wrote a couple of years ago. As we prepare to go back out into the world and show our artwork in … Continue reading How to get your artwork exhibition ready

Featured Artist – Lisa Woodward

Featured artist, April 2021 What is your name (or the name you go by for your art)? Lisa Woodward Where do you live? Ottawa, Canada What is your background? Definitely … Continue reading Featured Artist – Lisa Woodward

What you should know about Pastels.

Blog post #121 Pastels – what they are and how to use them. I recently read an interesting article about a new pastel on the market. It was interesting because, … Continue reading What you should know about Pastels.

How to persevere with journal keeping.

Journal planning, record keeping and how to persevere It is that time again when I am looking at forward planning, habit forming and goal achievement. I mentioned last month that … Continue reading How to persevere with journal keeping.

How to prepare for taking part in an art exhibition in 2021/22

As the UK starts slowly to prepare for reopening its shop doors, putting on events and exhibitions and generally trying to get back to some kind of normality, now feels … Continue reading How to prepare for taking part in an art exhibition in 2021/22

March featured artist – Stella Tooth

Your name?Stella Tooth What’s your background?I’m a West London-based figurative artist, specialising in portraits in oils, and have painted some of the country’s leading broadcast journalists including the BBC’s Kate … Continue reading March featured artist – Stella Tooth

How to pick the right art materials

How do I chose the best art materials for me? If you have decided to take up art during this pandemic and have now concluded that the cheap set of … Continue reading How to pick the right art materials

Planning, habit forming and reaching your goals

This week we are back to looking at planning, forming good habits and keeping your goals in mind as well as recording them. So, 2021 is still shaping up to … Continue reading Planning, habit forming and reaching your goals

How to make monoprints using gel plates

Mono-printing with gel plates Printmaking is probably my favourite artform, although there are a couple of very close seconds. As I embark on a 12 month-long printmaking course, I plan … Continue reading How to make monoprints using gel plates

February’s Featured Artist – Elaine Almond

Your name? Elaine Almond What’s your background? I was born in London and now live in West Kent. I am an abstract artist, painting mainly in oils and acrylics, and … Continue reading February’s Featured Artist – Elaine Almond

How to make faux leather out of paper for vegan friendly journals

Making a vegan-friendly journal As some of you will know, last year I took a refresher course in journal making and was suddenly hooked. After many years of knowing how … Continue reading How to make faux leather out of paper for vegan friendly journals

Goal Setting and Journaling Catch-up

So, as promised I am checking in on you to see how you are getting along with setting up and using your system of goal setting and, of course, sticking … Continue reading Goal Setting and Journaling Catch-up

Which art materials do I need?

The artist’s essentials I am often asked about the materials I use when making my artwork and I have written around this topic before but having been asked again this … Continue reading Which art materials do I need?

Goal setting and journaling in 2021

Blog 110 Goal setting (continued from 2020) Planning out what your “big ticket” goals are and how you can fit normal life around achieving them is not as daunting as … Continue reading Goal setting and journaling in 2021

Featured Artist – Heather Tobias

Your nameHeather Tobias Where do you live?Watford, Hertfordshire What is your background?I left school and went to Drama College; I had the opportunity of Art School but went the drama … Continue reading Featured Artist – Heather Tobias

How to set and realise your goals

Setting and realising your goals Last week we looked at letting your imagination and goal setting run wild and the week before we looked back at 2020 and the major … Continue reading How to set and realise your goals

Think big for 2021

Thinking about 2021 and dreaming big. What do you want? Because of Covid, life as we know it is unlikely to ever feel the same again, or certainly not for … Continue reading Think big for 2021

How can I make sense of 2020?

An annual review It’s that time of year when people are gearing up to look back at the events over the past 12 months. Obviously, Covid-19 is going to be … Continue reading How can I make sense of 2020?

Featured Artist – This month it is Miriam Brady

Your name? Miriam Brady Where do you live? I currently live in Kent, England, but I am originally from Dublin in Ireland. What is your background? With a background in … Continue reading Featured Artist – This month it is Miriam Brady

Book binding and hand made journals

My adventure into this fabulous craft. Earlier this year, when some kind of normality was allowed and ‘real’ classes were running, I took the opportunity to spend the day with … Continue reading Book binding and hand made journals

Making a Christmas art list.

Christmas is coming I have really battled this week to come up with a topic to write about which a) you will find interesting to read and b) could be … Continue reading Making a Christmas art list.

Being positive about your art and life

Let’s be honest, this Covid-19 crisis has had a huge effect on all of us. Trying to stay positive is difficult but believe me when I say that being negative … Continue reading Being positive about your art and life

Arts v Crafts

Sadly, there still exists in the UK, a huge amount of snobbery around being an artist versus crafter or craftsperson. It is a snobbery I have never understood and, having … Continue reading Arts v Crafts

Featured Artist – Tracey Elizabeth Downing

Your name?Tracey Elizabeth Downing Where do you live?Carshalton, Surrey (nowadays part of the London Borough of Sutton) What is your background?I was always good at art at school and it … Continue reading Featured Artist – Tracey Elizabeth Downing

Getting started with making video lessons

What I have learned making my first few videos of my art demos and classes Whilst Covid-19 has caused huge problems and great sadness there are always good things which … Continue reading Getting started with making video lessons

Art Galleries

Selling your work through galleries – the pros and cons I am regularly asked why I do not approach galleries to show my artwork  and I have many artist friends … Continue reading Art Galleries

Art Words and what they mean

Art words and what they mean Every profession has their own language, possibly designed to make people within that profession feel special, elite even and to make outsiders feel inferior, … Continue reading Art Words and what they mean

Featured Artist Lee Caller

Your name Lee Caller Where do you live? Shepperton in Surrey What is your background? I grew up at a time when the home computer was starting to appear everywhere … Continue reading Featured Artist Lee Caller

More about Screen-printing

Earlier this year I said that I would share more information with you about other types of screen-printing technique. Exposed screen-printing method If you are lucky to live near a … Continue reading More about Screen-printing

How to display your children’s artwork

During the lockdown many of you will have spent time filling your days with your children or grandchildren making art. And now you have tons of it and don’t know … Continue reading How to display your children’s artwork

How to take care of Artwork.

How to take care of Artwork Paintings You have spent many hours and a huge amount of energy to make your art so you really should think about what will … Continue reading How to take care of Artwork.

September’s Featured Artist

This month’s featured artist is Lin Chatfield. Read her interesting story here. Your name?    Lin Chatfield, though for a time I did use my middle name, Louise, when I was … Continue reading September’s Featured Artist

Certificates of authenticity: What they are and why you need them.

I was asked to write this blog post by a very dear Hungarian friend. She wanted to know more about them and how best to go about getting them for … Continue reading Certificates of authenticity: What they are and why you need them.

How safe is it to be taking part in art exhibitions in 2020?

I am sure many of you are wondering the same thing: Should I take part in that exhibition or should I just walk away? Currently, there is no definitive answer … Continue reading How safe is it to be taking part in art exhibitions in 2020?

Why you should show your artwork to the world.

I was listening today to a podcast called Art Juice which, if you haven’t listened to it, you really should. The fabulous Alice Sheridan and the equally fabulous Louise Fletcher … Continue reading Why you should show your artwork to the world.

How to be confident in your art making.

How to be confident in your art making. How to avoid mistakes which could or have already destroyed your creativity and learn how to put fear in its place. I … Continue reading How to be confident in your art making.

August Featured Artist – Gill Edwards

I do hope you enjoy reading about this months featured artist and please do send feedback to me for her. Your name?    Gill Edwards Where do you live?  Southwell, Nottinghamshire … Continue reading August Featured Artist – Gill Edwards

How to Experiment with Colour

I would like to bet that, like me, whenever you go into an art store, you are seduced by the colours on the side of paint tubes or pots and … Continue reading How to Experiment with Colour

Art Education and the Funding Argument

Or trying to understand the anti-art education movement This week, I am sounding off on a topic I feel very strongly about: the anti-art education movement. What do I mean … Continue reading Art Education and the Funding Argument

How to – Work Smarter Not Harder

Although we are in the middle of a pandemic, speaking to my friends and family we have all remarked that we can’t understand why, with all this time on our … Continue reading How to – Work Smarter Not Harder