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”

Considering….

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….”

Layers of time – a new series of work

After many years of using different genre, tools and media to express what I was feeling I have found a practice I love.   I have painted abstractly for some time but was still dissatisfied with the results, partly because I found the process too quick to feel I had truly contributed to the work.    BeforeContinue reading “Layers of time – a new series of work”

Have you ever wondered what artists do all day?

Since I have considered myself an “artist”, over the last couple of years, it has been a steep learning curve learning about how the art world ticks.    Much of how it works has been a complete surprise to me and has sometimes led me to wonder why anyone would want to be an artist. We’veContinue reading “Have you ever wondered what artists do all day?”

What is the link between subversion and creativity?

I enjoyed researching this subject immensely and found myself getting deep into the area, I would not have anticipated the conclusions I now draw. When I reflected on my process, I realised that it resembled a tree, I started off with a trunk with one question on.  I divided it into two – subversion andContinue reading “What is the link between subversion and creativity?”

Creativity and subversion – where does it come from?

Subversion / creativity project I have had some time this week for my uni work!  (but perhaps not as much as I’d like) – I have done a great deal more research about the origins of creativity – where does that human streak come from?    I have been reading about how the Greeks thought itContinue reading “Creativity and subversion – where does it come from?”

A raspberry pi digital clock! Creativity at it’s geekiest.

I thought I would dedicate this post to creativity of a different kind, electronic geeky stuff.  No less creative than more artistic endeavours and sometimes a little more useful.A few weeks ago, I was bemoaning the fact that in the night I often find it hard to read my clock if I wake up.  Continue reading “A raspberry pi digital clock! Creativity at it’s geekiest.”

Mindfulness – is it harmful? How can it aid creativity?

There seems to be a backlash against mindfulness at the moment, with several articles saying it is harmful and some downright scaremongering about what it is.   A religion?  A cult?  Something dangerous that is going to mess with your head?Personally, mindfulness is a big part of my life and a big reason why I haveContinue reading “Mindfulness – is it harmful? How can it aid creativity?”