What’s the temperature of your pallet and other interesting questions?

As a self-taught artist I get frustrated with some of the terms that other artists and teachers bandy about. I had understood some terms like: Hue:                      Where the colour is on the colour wheel (see below) red, green blue etc. Saturation:         How rich or vivid the colour is e.g. bright orange versus a weak orange. Tint:                  … Continue reading What’s the temperature of your pallet and other interesting questions?

How Photography can help you create great portraits

The only upside for me to the current pandemic is that it has forced me to sort out my web site and write some new blog posts. So here goes……………………. I adore painting and love to do so from real life but unfortunately this is not always possible. Commissioned work sometimes involves painting from photographs because the subject can’t sit still (a child or an … Continue reading How Photography can help you create great portraits

I’ve got a painting into an exhibition for the very first time – if I can do it then so can you!

Announcement:  I entered a painting into the 2019 summer Paintings Art Festival in Nottingham and I am delighted to say that it was accepted! Like all of you I want people to like my paintings. One way to check whether people like your paintings is to enter competitions. The risk you take is that the judges may or may not like them. The painting will … Continue reading I’ve got a painting into an exhibition for the very first time – if I can do it then so can you!

Artistic inspiration using workshops

Being an artist can be a lonely experience and one where you tend to practice techniques that you already know. We all need artistic inspiration and it comes from many places. I try to find inspiration from attending art clubs, watching videos, reading books and visiting museums. In the end nothing beats meeting a real “maestro” in person and learning from them. I meet commercially … Continue reading Artistic inspiration using workshops