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Alison G Saunders painter and printmaker artworks

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.

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

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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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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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

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 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 http://www.gingercactusart.com 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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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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Some of what you need to know about watercolour paper.

Watercolour paper and what you need to know. Last weekend I attended a watercolour painting class in support of a friend who was tutoring. I enjoy using watercolour and don’t use it a lot but there is always something you can learn by taking a class. The thing which really struck me at this class…
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Featured Artist – Anne Armes

What is your name or the name you go by for your art? My name is Anne Armes. Where do you live? I live in Newport, Shropshire, a rural market town, with my husband and my black Labrador, Tilly. What’s your background? I’ve worked as a pharmacist all my life to support the family as…
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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 and the overall effects those colours will have on each other. Am I looking for a particular feeling? Is that feeling bright, joyful, sombre, cheerful,…
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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 event. I hope this will in turn help you for any events you have coming up. The first and most surprising thing for me was…
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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 or Tilly art on social media. Tilly has been my nickname all my life. Where do you live? Leyland, Lancashire, England. What’s your background? I…
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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 Deborah. I didn’t want to limit my brand to just art as I also create cards, cushions and whatever takes my fancy including millinery and…
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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 public, having that work “exhibition ready” and by that, I mean presenting it in the best possible way, is essential. Ask yourself this: would you…
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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 not art! I did post-graduate studies in international development, and then worked in that area for over 20 years. However, my work took me to…
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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 a part-time lay minister. For many years my canvas was the garden, moving around and designing one everywhere we lived! I sketched on holiday and…
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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 route. I have worked professionally all my life as an actress. How did you learn your craft, i.e. college, self-taught and what did that entail?…
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