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, … More Laura’s Unicorn, (aka Laura’s Stables)
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 … More Watching Mermaid
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 … More KAG 30th Anniversary
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 … More How to be a Motivated Artist
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 … More What is your Primary Motivation?
Until I landed the biggest commission of my career thus far, I never realised just how attached people are to their vehicles. As I progressed through a mural on my friend’s formerly bright orange, Volkswagen van, many neighbours and commuters paused on their journeys to watch, take photographs, and talk about their own beloved … More Stand Out on the Road with Art
Here’s a fun fact. Did you know Shakespeare was born on 23rd April 1564, and then died exactly 52 years later? So when could be a more fitting day to celebrate the life and work of Shakespeare than on 23rd April? On Sunday 23rd April 2017 four fantastic festivals were held across the midlands, celebrating … More Happy Birthday Shakespeare!
Last year I visited Belper, Derbyshire, and walked the ‘Art Trail’, and of course bought some pieces along the way (who can resist). I particularly love the screen print I bought of many fields, by Kate Brooks. It has all my favourite colours in it, and looks like some of the places I like to … More The Belper Arts Trail 30th April-1st May 2017
In a bid to develop my style, I am trying out various mediums and techniques to see if any might suit my way of working and my visions. I intend to film the successes and failures of all these sessions exploring these ideas. In January 2015 I started trialling oil paints, and very quickly decided … More The Experiments
There is quite a bit going around from teachers, ex teachers, students, and parents about the education system. Am I pushing my kids too hard? Am I not pushing them hard enough? What if I don’t get 10 A*s, will I be a failure? If my class don’t get these grades, I might get sacked! … More Am I a Failure?