Studio Notes

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Taking risks

Taking risks

I've tended to err on the side of caution most of my life. Actually, I say that but now I think about it I wasn't like that when I was younger! From doing a parachute jump aged 16 to travelling 20 hours by bus from my home town in Cornwall to Scotland aged 19 to sail...

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Time for reflection

Time for reflection

Finally the heatwave has broken and my studio is habitable again! Having a workspace at the top of the house has many advantages - the views out onto the stunning Oxfordshire countryside probably top the list - but it also means it gets incredibly hot in the kind of...

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That ‘ugly stage’ and a very different end point!

That ‘ugly stage’ and a very different end point!

The process of creating a piece of art is messy, there's no other way to say it. At some point the piece enters its 'ugly stage' where us artists would rather stick pins in our eyes than let anyone else see what we've created! Many a time I've abandoned a piece...

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An Artists Recovery

An Artists Recovery

Re-igniting my art practice started with reading the The Artists Way by Julia Cameron a couple of years ago. I'd put my creativity on hold whilst navigating a particularly challenging stage of my life, and the longer I allowed myself to be disconnected from that part...

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Experimentation is fun, not to be feared.

Experimentation is fun, not to be feared.

I'm working thorough a fantastic art programme designed to encourage a loosening up in your art. This is one of my biggest struggles - not getting caught up in the detail. I find that I start out loose, but as I work into a piece I get sucked into trying to make it...

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Is fear stopping you from getting creative?

Is fear stopping you from getting creative?

One of the biggest reasons I hear from people about what's stopping them from getting started with creative play is fear. Fear of doing it 'wrong'. Fear of not being 'perfect'. Fear of not having the 'right' equipment. There seems to be this inbuilt pressure we put on...

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Tap into your creative self!

Tap into your creative self!

As a child I dreamed of being an artist. Or a jockey. But artist was the career I came back to time and time again. I’d spend hours drawing, sketching, painting – anything arty or crafty had me lost in a world of creative play. Such was my dream to be an artist, I...

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