Run, Red!

‘Run, Red!’ is becoming one of my favourites.  Even though I painted it myself, I still feel myself getting drawn into this painting every time I walk past it in my living room.  It is based on the originally gruesome tale of Little Red Riding Hood, but with no gore and instead a sort of…

Artist at Cheltenham Bride & Groom Show

Tomorrow (Sunday 13th January 2019, 11am-3pm), I shall be at the Cheltenham Bride and Groom Show, held at the Cheltenham Town Hall (GL50 1QA). Over the last couple of years, I have had a great variety of commissions and also gained experience painting live at demonstrations, exhibitions, in lessons to my students, and other events. …

What’s Happened to Art in Schools?

It has been put to me by two head teachers in the last few months: why don’t you run some CPD training for Primary Schools in the area? When the curriculum and expectations changed a few years ago, many schools quite understandably panicked and went to the extreme teaching double Maths, double English, with extra…

Teaching Art

At the end of July 2018 I finished a full year teaching Art to children ages 4-11 years old at a large primary school in Coventry.  Teaching children with a range of ages and abilities doesn’t faze me; it is one of my favourite things about supply teaching when I do it.  However, coming up…

Laura’s Unicorn, (aka Laura’s Stables)

The second in the lore series is ‘Laura’s Unicorn’, inspired by stables, horses, and friends that I know.  The reason why this piece is categorised in the ‘Lore Art’ section, is because there is a unicorn hidden amongst the horses! In my experience, there are many youngsters enjoying riding stables on a weekend or holiday,…

Watching Mermaid

Watching Mermaid is the first in the ‘Lore Art’ series.  It was even my first oil painting!  You may be able to spot the progression of my style from then to later oil paintings such as ‘Kipling’s Jungle’, but despite this, Watching Mermaid has still been a favourite among people (ladies in particular) who love…

KAG 30th Anniversary

This year in 2018, my local art group turned 30 years old.  Kineton Art Group was set up by a group of ladies who used to meet in each others houses or in the ‘freezing Scout Hut’ for a spot of painting.  Kineton Art Group owes much of its thanks to Peggy Shiner and Rosalie…

How to be a Motivated Artist

After a holiday, I find it a challenge to get back into ‘the swing of things’, and so getting motivated to create again and stay focused is so important. In the last post ‘What Is Your Primary Motivation?’ I said how mine was to ‘succeed’ at running my own business as an artist, so how I…

What is your Primary Motivation?

Many of us are spurred on by motivation to achieve our own personal goals.  I have family who love caring for people, and that motivation led them to working in hospitals.  I have friends who “could not, would not” work for someone else, and are motivated to make their businesses succeed because they want to…