How to paint a heart!

Painting  the hearts for St Catherine’s Hospice charity event. Well, the 4th of July might have been a big day for all Americans, but it is also a big day … Continue reading How to paint a heart!

Interview with Dee Kirkham

What’s your background?  I have been an artist per se since I was a little girl and have dabbled in lots of different types of creative crafts and art for … Continue reading Interview with Dee Kirkham

Getting ready for Open Studios.

This week’s blog is mainly aimed at those of you who will be exhibiting in some form of Open Studio event in the next few months.  Hopefully those of you … Continue reading Getting ready for Open Studios.

Commissioning Art

How to buy art…. …or how to commission a piece of art. Now don’t go running for the hills, it really isn’t that scary. So why would you consider commissioning … Continue reading Commissioning Art

Sorolla or Bonnard, who is your favourite artists and why?

I get asked all the time, who is your favourite artist, who influences your work. I have always said that I don’t have favourites in anything. And I don’t. I … Continue reading Sorolla or Bonnard, who is your favourite artists and why?

Meet the Artist – Shirley Ann

Please introduce yourself. Shirley Ann:  I’m Shirley Ann – my other name is Aphrodite – I believe that I am Aphrodite’s envoy to the world at the present time – … Continue reading Meet the Artist – Shirley Ann

How to explore ‘mark making’ and get great results.

https://alisongsaunders.art/blog/ To the uninitiated ‘mark making’ sounds a bit pretentious, but I am not sure what else you could call it without making it sound childish and lacking in skill. … Continue reading How to explore ‘mark making’ and get great results.

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COLOUR

I start preparing my blog posts on Tuesdays.  That way there is time to get my thoughts onto paper, share them with my long-suffering husband who proof reads them, re-read … Continue reading MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COLOUR

How to Guide to Framing your Artwork, originals and prints.

If you visit my website and sign up for my newsletter, you will automatically receive my free Guide to Buying Art.  You can get yours too by clicking here. https://alisongsaunders.art/about/Continue reading How to Guide to Framing your Artwork, originals and prints.

Why join an art group and what to expect?

  It doesn’t really matter where you are on your art journey but being a part of some kind of art group is really valuable. But why? You know that … Continue reading Why join an art group and what to expect?

How to get started writing blog posts

My followers will know that I have committed to writing a weekly blog post. Break that down and it is 52 subjects I need to find to write about each … Continue reading How to get started writing blog posts

Which artists paints and substrates to use and why?

Just about every artist’s guide book you will ever read, about learning to paint will tell you that you should always use the best paints, brushes and substrates you can … Continue reading Which artists paints and substrates to use and why?

How do you come up with ideas for your artwork?

This is a question I am asked a lot but in many different guises. For instance: – “What influences your art?” “How do you pick a theme?” “Do you paint … Continue reading How do you come up with ideas for your artwork?

Introducing this months artist – Beáta Bősze

This is the first in my series of interviews with artists and artisans who I have met, found to be interesting people and have agreed to be interviewed by me. … Continue reading Introducing this months artist – Beáta Bősze

How to use your sketch book (or how I use mine)

Now I know that there are hundreds of thousands of artists out there, many far more talented and better known than me, but even more unknown, just getting started, taking … Continue reading How to use your sketch book (or how I use mine)

Why take a BA in art?  And how hard can it be?

17th Feb 2019 I am asked a lot why I am taking a BA in art. I am up to my neck in producing work for exhibitions etc., I am … Continue reading Why take a BA in art?  And how hard can it be?

How to prepare for taking part in an art exhibition

Following on from last weeks ‘do something which frightens you’ blog post, I am going to be taking part in a really big grownup art exhibition with the Contemporary Art … Continue reading How to prepare for taking part in an art exhibition

Why you should do something which terrifies you.

Why you should do something which terrifies you. If you write the above sentence into google, you will find a number of articles on this theme and most of them … Continue reading Why you should do something which terrifies you.

About Making Money

About Making Money! You don’t always have to do something just to make money. Please let me explain. Last weekend I joined a wonderful group of men and ladies, showing … Continue reading About Making Money

Why make art and how to cope with the thoughtless remarks.

This is fundamentally a piece about growing a thick skin. Why because when you have someone say to you, as I did about my work in an exhibition only last … Continue reading Why make art and how to cope with the thoughtless remarks.

How to make the most of a course

Learning from Lewis Nobel Last month (September ‘18) I was so lucky to be able to join the lovely Lewis Nobel for a three-day class in Ashbourne, Derbyshire along with … Continue reading How to make the most of a course

How to create a Mobile

Fairly easily, you would think. And yes, once you have understood about balance and the mathematics of balance it is fairly easy. Well a piece like this one here is fairly … Continue reading How to create a Mobile

My Daily Sketch Book Work.

It seems that the work I produce, on a daily basis, in my concertina sketch book has gained a following. How exciting. With that said, I thought it might be a … Continue reading My Daily Sketch Book Work.

Decorating the Heart

As yet I have not had any of my designs accepted and I might not have any of them accepted, but I said I would share the story, so here … Continue reading Decorating the Heart