So, my tip to stop procrastinating? Reflect (journal even) on why, what are you avoiding? Are you giving yourself valuable thinking space before making your next move?
Category Archives: Creativity
Listen to the silence…..
I have long had an interest in mindfulness and drawing but today was a first when I took part in an online Zoom meditation drawing session guided by artist Katie Solohub. Whilst I have a daily meditation practice, I have not ever tied my art and my meditation together before. However, it makes sense thatContinue reading “Listen to the silence…..”
Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?
This week I have been thinking about drawing – specifically the need to recreate a visual scene accurately or at least semi accurately. For the past few weeks I have been going to the same spot most days and drawing. But nothing I have drawn would be recognisable as the physical place. However for meContinue reading “Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?”
A Mindful moment – sound drawings
I am working on extending my new series based on Forton Lake and developing some more work based on the area. I have been spending a lot of time, mindfully recording what I see, what I hear and what I feel when I walk around the shores of the lake. An interesting exercise to doContinue reading “A Mindful moment – sound drawings”
Forton Creek Series
After a lot of work, I have produced three paintings that I am very pleased with, that convey my feelings about the creek near my home. Like many of us, I started reallly seeing my local area during the pandemic and I expect a lot more work in the future which is inspired by thisContinue reading “Forton Creek Series”
I’ve been working hard on the abstraction course and it’s been challenging! I realised that I had become stuck. Working in such detail and in a concious way had led me down a narrow path and I ended up in ‘neat cul-de-sac’ and going nowhere! So I did a great exercise for becoming unstuck, oneContinue reading “Stuck…..”
Putting it all into practice
I have spent the last five or six weeks reflecting on my new series and what I want to say. I decided to focus on the area where I walk, almost every day, to the shore of Portsmouth Harbour as I find it endlessly interesting and have yet to tire of going there. Obviously, sinceContinue reading “Putting it all into practice”
Fun with my sketchbook
Away from my studio for a few days, so I have broken out a new concertina sketchbook to fill up with sketches. I did this last year for the first time and found it immensely satisfying to record the local area in light fun sketches instead of endless photographs (which to be fair, I stillContinue reading “Fun with my sketchbook”
I am busy at the moment, planning a new series of work based on Portsmouth Harbour and specifically the area around Forton Lake and the old buildings in Priddy’s Hard. This area is endlessly fascinating to me and often the object of my photography but coming up with a series of abstract paintings is anotherContinue reading “Considering….”
Texture, pattern and gradient….
Whilst I just love to go into my studio and just paint madly, I have spent the last couple of years really getting underneath the hood and learning the basics. I have done some fabulous courses and I have at least two more planned for this year! At the moment I am just finishing offContinue reading “Texture, pattern and gradient….”