Alison G Saunders painter and printmaker artworks

Telling your artist’s story

Buying online is easy these days but not always when buying art. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

How to get started writing blog posts

I thought I would tell you this week, what little I know about writing blog posts, which are worth reading.

Why sign your artwork?

Why signing your artwork is essential and some importants things to consider.

About buying other artists’ art

Buying other artists work.

a bit about the colour blue

A bit about the colour blue

Surrey Artists Open Studio summer 2022

My experience of Open Studios in Surrey post Covid.


New website, upgrading the old website or just going for a change in look. Here are my thoughts.

Exhibiting after Covid

Exhibiting during these post Covid pandemic days. It is OK to still feel uneasy.

How to frame your artwork

As a member of a few art groups I have had a quite a few conversations with fellow artists about framing the artwork they have made. I have also had many conversations with people who have bought unframed works, so I thought I would share my thoughts on framing with you, too. I know that…
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Featured Artist – Anna Clarke

30 years’ experience across buying and design in fashion retail but now a career in art is my passion

All about paint brushes

Understanding which paint brushes you should use for a particular effect but also reminding youself that there are no rules

The colour Yellow

Yellow symbolises happiness, the summer sun, warmth and is said to promote happiness more than any of the many other colours around us, and that is the same in most cultures.

Moving into my new studio

Setting up a new art studio, what is going well and what needs more thought.

How to buy art that is right for you and your home

Collecting art can be a minefield. Here are a few basic tips to help you buy the right art for you.

Featured Artist: Debbie Tearle

Featured artist Debbie Tearle creates stunning artwork. Read more about her artists journey.

A bit more about the colour red

Red part 2 Looking back at my recent blog about the colour red I decided that there is so much to say that I would cover a bit more about it here, but I am still only scratching the surface. Hopefully this will be enough for now, but I may cover it again later when…
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Taxes and record keeping

It it that time of year again when we need to start thinking about getting our tax returns filed to avoid the last minute panic in January

Why take a BA in art (and how hard can it be, anyway)?

Abstract artwork named Curiosity. Work explores colour and emotions

No featured artist, so coping with adversity

When a painting isn’t working, sometimes it can be recovered but in this case, it will become part of the next series of works, read why.

The colour red

The first in a series of pieces about colour. Starting with red simply because it stands out more for me.

Painting the hen

Chick Flick has been created in support of the Haslemere charity event running this year

Recent exhibitions and my personal view.

Reporting back on my personal views about two exhibitions I took part in recently. Denbies Vineyard and Contemporary Art Fairs Sandown Park.

Featured Artist – Me! Alison G Saunders

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the two people who were scheduled to appear as my featured artists for March and April are unable to take part. I hope their circumstances greatly improve for them soon and that you will be able to read about them later this year. For this month, at my editor’s suggestion, I am answering…
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Understanding some differences between the UK and the USA

Understanding some differences between the UK and the USA

The advantages of creating artworks in a series

Producing work in multiples or in a series. I’d suggest working on at least five pieces at a time.

My influences and inpiration

Inspirations and influences for me from the grand master of art to modern day.

Featured Artist Rosemary Lawrey

What is your name or the name you go by for your art? My name is Rosemary Lawrey. Where do you live? I live in the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It stares across the Solent towards Portsmouth and the more distant Southampton, watching the cruise ships, battleships, and giant container ships…
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media update

Keeping up with the updates of your artistic media image is vitally important and this may help you.

How to paint a hen

Decorating fibre glass animals for raising money for charity has been going on for about 20 years. This is my latest adventure, painting the hen.

Change continued

Experimenting with new ideas in paint. Having taken a class at Emily Ball’s of Seawhite having not painted for too many months


Blog post #162 – Change Well, it might seem a bit obvious but like it or not we are all living with constant change these days. Rather than fear it we really do need to learn not only how to embrace it but make it work for us, too. There are lot of good blogs…
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selection of artwork by Alison G Saunders

Writing blogs, making art and taking a break

I have been consistently writing blogs now for a decade. In the past four years theses have been specifically art-related and aimed at artists wanting to start or improve their new business. I am delighted that I have been able to help so many of you and I plan to continue. However, finding something new…
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A positive approach during the latest Covid outbreak

A positive approach during the latest Covid outbreak Just when we thought it was safe to go out, Covid-19 is threatening to push us back into our homes, again. Maybe not all of us, but a lot of us. The driving force behind this is fear. We are fearful that we will catch it, become…
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Shirley Ann Aphrodite creating her artwork

Featured Artist Shirley Ann Aphrodite – revisited.

This week’s blog revisits a wonderful artist I first interviewed in May 2019. A link to that first interview is at the end of this blog if you would like to read that, too. The reason for this second interview is to show you the reader that each of the artists I have interviewed have…
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Art and charity work crisis due to lockdown

158th Blog – Art and charity work crisis due to lockdown Over the past couple of years all charitable organisations have suffered as people just haven’t been putting their hands in their pockets and donating to good causes in general. It is the small local charities which have probably seen the greatest demand on their…
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Art Discounts – Should you give them?

Should you give discounts on your artworks? As many of you already know, I run an online art gallery called Ginger Cactus Art and having just launched our Christmas exhibition, the issue of special offers or discounts is being discussed. In the case of Ginger Cactus Art, we are purely an online exhibition space;…
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Sketch books revisited

156th Blog post – Sketchbooks revisited Back in early 2019 I wrote a blog about how I use my sketchbook and how you might consider using yours. Over two years have passed, and the basic message is the same, but I have updated it a bit, though I am re-using some of the artwork I…
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An idea for blogs, for my blogs and I need your input.

An idea for blogs, for my blogs and I need your input. 155th blog Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly blog will know that normally, on this first Sunday of the month, I would have published an interview with the latest in my “featured artist” series for your enjoyment. I had…
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Website construction and how to get the best results – or not I will warn you now, this week I am on my soap box having been let down by yet another person who was happy to take my money, tinker with my website and leave it in a worse place than it was before…
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About colour

Last week my editor complained (not for the first time I must admit) but this time it wasn’t about my dreadful writing or spelling [Whilst you’re at it, don’t forget punctuation and grammar – Ed]. It was about content. Basically, he is fed up with reading about record keeping so to keep him happy I…
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Journal/record keeping and planning for now and next year

It has been a while since I last wrote about journaling and record keeping. I will be totally honest with you and tell you that I haven’t touched my journal for the past five weeks as I have been so caught up in my house move. I did manage to get my accounts up to…
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Big sky thinking

Dealing with self-doubt

151st Blog post – Opening my eyes and coping with self-doubt. I have been writing these blog posts since 2018 and whilst I hope the content and writing have both improved over this time, I have always written with the reader in mind. My aim has always been to inform other artists about new trends,…
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Featured Artist Stephanie Thompson

What is your name or the name you go by for your art? My name is Stephanie Thompson, and I trade as Stephanie Thompson Art. Where do you live? I’m based in Surrey, UK, but have lived in several places, both north and south in the UK. We have a fantastic landscape which influences my…
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How to keep going with your art

Just keeping going Some of you will know that I recently moved home and although we have moved to a beautiful house on a large site, we have actually downsized. This means that we are trying to go through all our ‘stuff’, get rid of what we really don’t need, which is probably most of…
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How to survive taking part in an art exhibition

Blog post #148 Sticks and stones. Having recovered from the exhibition I ran at Denbies Wine Estate recently, I thought you might like to hear my feedback on how it went. First, though I have to tell you about the three people whose comments should have been kept to themselves but in the end said…
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How to use mood, vision or concept boards in your art.

Vision and mood boards I was recently reminded of the value of using vision and mood boards when I was asked to produce some for our new home and the work we want to have done on it. In my case, I am looking initially at the type of exterior aesthetic for the art studio,…
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Featured Artist Kristy Darnell Battani

What is your name or the name you go by for your art? Kristy Darnell Battani Where do you live? Austin, Texas USA What’s your background? I have always loved art—drawing, painting, whatever. I started in college taking studio art classes, but the truth is I had no idea what it meant to be an…
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How to look after your painting equipment

These days artists use all manner of different tools to produce their artwork but traditionally many, if not most, use brushes. Keeping brushes clean and in good order will mean that their working lives will be extended, and they will in turn produce the reliable quality you need for your work. Different media require different…
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143rd blog Shortages of art supplies I think we have all read about the shortage of supplies in our shops. Most of us have seen empty shelves in our supermarkets and all manner of excuses have been put forward as to why this is happening. Brexit is the most common, along with Covid-19, too and…
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How to keep on track with record keeping and preparing for exhibitions.

142nd Blog post I am going to start by being completely honest with you. I have not done as I said I would by now, I have not done my tax returns. To be fair, I have been so busy with the funerals and the legal stuff surrounding the deaths of my father-in-law and father…
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