Featured Artist – Zoe Ashbrook

This months featured artist is the lovely Zoe Ashbrook. Your name: Zoe Ashbrook Where do you live? Gloucestershire, UK. What is your background? I have always been creative and had … Continue reading Featured Artist – Zoe Ashbrook

Getting ready for the art world to re-open.

I know it doesn’t feel like we are ready yet but I think we artists need to be planning for being part of exhibitions again when the world does re-open … Continue reading Getting ready for the art world to re-open.

Writing an artists Bio

Writing an artist’s biography. The first thing you need to bear in mind when writing an artist’s biography (usually shortened to bio) is that this is a short statement about … Continue reading Writing an artists Bio

How to become an artist

70th blog should an artist listen to the “get yourself a proper job” advice. Chatting to an old friend last weekend about how she is coping with the lock down … Continue reading How to become an artist

Featured Artist Anna Clarke

This months featured artist is Anna Clarke. I have known Anna for a few years now and we have exhibited at the same locations on numerous occasions.  I hope you … Continue reading Featured Artist Anna Clarke

How to cope with artists block.

How to cope with artists block. I know that many of you during this Covid crisis are suffering from the inability to create any artwork at all. If you are, … Continue reading How to cope with artists block.

Finding inspiration in Covid times through trying collage.

Collage adventures. Someone sent me this photo and I just had to share it with you all. It is beginning to get tough now but this is the most crucial … Continue reading Finding inspiration in Covid times through trying collage.

Tips for working at home during covid 19

I am sharing my tips for coping with working at home during the Covid 19 crisis. There are plenty of other tips and tricks out there if you just want … Continue reading Tips for working at home during covid 19

Featured Artist Sue Roberts

I am re-posting this months featured artists blog with a huge apology to Sue Roberts as I had used the wrong photos.  Please take a look at her fabulous artwork … Continue reading Featured Artist Sue Roberts

Online courses during Covid 19

Thinking about taking an online course during the lock down? It might be worth reading this first. In these unsettled times, one thing I have noticed is the huge increase … Continue reading Online courses during Covid 19

Printing at home during covid 19

Mono-printing at home during the covid 19 lock down. If you have never tried printmaking before this is a great project to do yourself and this is a really easy … Continue reading Printing at home during covid 19

Art project ideas during Covid – 19

looking for art projects for yourself, your children or grandchildren?

Featured Artist Carol Gillan

This months featured artist is the wonderfully talented Carol Gillan. Your name?Carol Gillan Where do you live? Ashtead, Surrey What is your background? When I was growing up my parents … Continue reading Featured Artist Carol Gillan

How to learn how to start sketching

  As I’m sure you are all aware, here in the UK we are now on hard lock-down. Don’t let this frighten you. This is the perfect time to try … Continue reading How to learn how to start sketching

Covid – 19 How will you let it affect you?

How to make to most of the time Coronavirus Covid-19 will give us. I know; you are being inundated with emails from a plethora of companies telling you how they … Continue reading Covid – 19 How will you let it affect you?

How to make Lino Prints

Lino printmaking has its roots in a cheap floor covering created in the 1800s. Previously wooden or metal blocks were used but they were expensive to buy and very time-consuming … Continue reading How to make Lino Prints

March Featured Artist

This months featured artist is a wonderful lady who I have only recently had the pleasure of meeting. Her story is really interesting as is her work. Your name? Gwynne … Continue reading March Featured Artist

Screen-printing more interesting uses.

Some more ways to make interesting screen prints. A few weeks ago I wrote about screen printing using stencils.  This week is about producing painted mono-screenprints. The process is very … Continue reading Screen-printing more interesting uses.

5 important lessons I learned from organising a professional group art exhibition.

I know I have written about putting on an exhibition before, but bear with me, this is different. In the past I have exhibited with large organisations where you pay … Continue reading 5 important lessons I learned from organising a professional group art exhibition.

The benefits from connecting with other artists.

As many of you already know, I set up a group last year called the Exhibition Collective. This group consists of over 60 artists throughout the UK who are either … Continue reading The benefits from connecting with other artists.

February’s Featured Artist – Mark Wheeler

This month’s featured artist is an old friend of mine whose artistry is performed through his love of photography. When I first knew him, his interest lay in photographing aircraft … Continue reading February’s Featured Artist – Mark Wheeler

How to start building a community around you and your art.

Being part of an art community will help you achieve more than trying out on your own.

How to do Screen-printing at home

Screen-printing at home the easy way to get great home printing results There are many ways to produce great effects with screen printing and I will discuss a couple of … Continue reading How to do Screen-printing at home

Printmaking

Over the coming months I have decided to include blogs about the more technical aspects of particular artforms and as I love all kinds of printmaking, I thought this week … Continue reading Printmaking

Featured Artist – Keith Coomber

This week’s blog is about Keith Coomber, who I met through the Dorking Group of Artists.  Keith is a lovely man, generous of spirit and always happy to help others, … Continue reading Featured Artist – Keith Coomber

Celebrating your wins

Celebrating your wins both in art and life. Why is it we tend to let the negative overrule or dominate over the positive? Generally, we are quick to take on … Continue reading Celebrating your wins

How to restart your art production

54th blog How to start making artwork after a break . Last week I wrote about the importance of stepping away from your work to produce better results. This is … Continue reading How to restart your art production

How to improve your artwork

By stepping away from the painting. This week I wanted to talk about the need to remove oneself in order to see things in a different light. When I lived … Continue reading How to improve your artwork

Featured Artist Roy E Fleming

This months featured artist is  Roy E Fleming NDD (National Diploma in Design), FCSD (Royal Chartered Designer) FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts) For this month’s featured artist, … Continue reading Featured Artist Roy E Fleming

How to make acrylic pouring paintings

  What to (and what not to do) when making acrylic pouring paintings and getting cells. Although there is a wealth of information on the internet and also many YouTube … Continue reading How to make acrylic pouring paintings

How to hang an art group exhibition

Continuing on from last week’s blog on how to get your artwork ready for an exhibition, this week I am looking at how to hang a group exhibition. These days … Continue reading How to hang an art group exhibition

Preparing exhibition Artwork

If you are planning on taking part in art exhibitions of any kind, these basic tips will help you present your work in a way which could increase your chances of selling. It is all about presenting work in a professional way.

Featured Artist Denise Slattery

This months  featured artist is my wonderful friend Denise Slattery. Through her amazing knowledge I have learnt so much about colour. She has shared her scenic artist knowledge with me … Continue reading Featured Artist Denise Slattery

Making the Bubble Paintings

My work. This week I thought I would share my process for making the ‘bubble’ pieces which so many people have said that they enjoy and have purchased from me. … Continue reading Making the Bubble Paintings

Special Feature Barry Owen Jones Artist

If you are one of my weekly blog followers, you will know that I feature an artist on the first Sunday of every month.  To date these artists have been … Continue reading Special Feature Barry Owen Jones Artist

What Records should an Artist keep

  Record keeping   A number of my artist friends are due to file their tax returns to HMRC by the end of this month. I am sitting here with … Continue reading What Records should an Artist keep

Interview with Alison G Saunders (me)

1.What’s your background? My parents were both amazing artists and I didn’t feel equipped to compete when I was younger, so I became an accountant instead.  Time spent in the … Continue reading Interview with Alison G Saunders (me)

Investing in your art education.

Investing in your art education. For those of you who follow my blog, it should be clear that I am aiming these posts at people who are trying to get … Continue reading Investing in your art education.

Artists Block

10 Ways to Cope with Artist’s Block It happens to all creatives at some point in time. We just hit a brick wall, we don’t know what to do next. … Continue reading Artists Block

Clearing out your art studio

Following on from last weeks blog post about change. This week I am looking at loss and letting go of your unsold artwork. Just moments after I had posted last … Continue reading Clearing out your art studio

Change and how to cope with it

Change – how to cope with it and embrace it. It is that time of year when it is all change. Here in England, the children are going back to … Continue reading Change and how to cope with it

Louise Collins Featured Artist

This months featured artist is Louise Collins. Louise is another of the artists I know based in Surrey, England and shares her art journey and her beautiful artwork. Please tell me … Continue reading Louise Collins Featured Artist

Teaching mono-printing classes.

  I don’t teach in a school and I don’t teach regular classes either, but I do teach groups of people, young and old to use mono-printmaking as a fun … Continue reading Teaching mono-printing classes.

Dulwich Gallery Print Exhibition

Last week I visited the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London to see the ‘Modernist British Printmaking’ Exhibition, which showcases pioneers of British lino-cut printmaking in a fine display of … Continue reading Dulwich Gallery Print Exhibition

How to improve your artwork

Design. Why design is so important in your artwork? I have had the luxury of being on an amazing painting course which started in May and which deals predominantly with … Continue reading How to improve your artwork

Frances Jordan Featured Artist

This months featured artist is Frances Jordan. Frances is based in Surrey, England and provided me with this enlightening interview about her life as an artist. Please tell me a … Continue reading Frances Jordan Featured Artist

How to write an Artists Statement and Bio

An Artist Statement and Bio, what are they, why do you need one and how to go about writing them. An artist’s statement is a short, written piece about your … Continue reading How to write an Artists Statement and Bio

How to paint a heart – Part 2

In last week’s blog, I talked about coming up with the designs for the hearts. This week I want to show you how I went about turning these designs into … Continue reading How to paint a heart – Part 2