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My Artistic Search for…More! Featured in Painters Online

Painters Online Article

My Artistic Search for…More!

In school I learned about line, form, light and shadow, I learned these skills carefully and aimed to recreate what I saw on the page. We used acrylic paint and I was good at this; able to create an accurate representation of what I was copying.

This was praised at first, then criticised. After being taught how to capture what I saw accurately I was then encouraged to be inaccurate. Students around me were being applauded for originality, intention and concept – more than skill and technique. Continue reading My Artistic Search for…More! Featured in Painters Online

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Art8 Newquay 2018

Newquay’s Arts and Culture Festival Art8 brings together the community and covers many areas of art; events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature and more. Art8 returns to Newquay from 18th – 20th May 2018 . Steam Bar will be partners for the 2018 festival hosting a range of exhibitions and events over the weekend alongside other local venues.

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Melanie McDonald – Conjure up Cornish Memories

Having only moved to Cornwall last year I am really keen to search out other Cornish artists and find out more about their art and how they find Cornwall. For me it’s about expanding my knowledge and my network; discovering about Cornwall and how it inspires people. One of the names which kept coming up in my searches was Melanie McDonald. I had to find out more. Continue reading Melanie McDonald – Conjure up Cornish Memories

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Oil or Acrylic? What is best to use?

Oil or Acrylic? It’s an age old question and one I’ve struggled with for a while.

As a general rule, and admittedly what swayed me for many years, is that acrylics are cheaper and more affordable than oils. At that rather shallow analysis in my equally shallow youth, I left it at that and for years I painted with acrylics. That’s not a terrible thing by the way, I love acrylics – but I’ve often wondered whether I’m missing out.

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Whistlefish – Hand on Art features on Whistlefish Products

Whistlefish

Whistlefish is a greetings cards, art, gifts and stationery company founded by artist Lyn Thompson. They support artists locally and nationally but handpicking a selection of favourites in traditional, contemporary and modern styles. I’m pleased to announce that I have now joined their band of handpicked artists and some of my work features on their products.

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Londonart – What Art really Sells? I talked to the Founder of Londonart.co.uk

After moving to Cornwall this year I look back with fond memories of London – while I don’t mind a visit – I’d never live there again. But it did make me wonder what’s going on with the London art world. I exhibit and sell my paintings online with Londonart.co.uk and decided to get in touch with its owner Paul Wynter to get the latest updates. Continue reading Londonart – What Art really Sells? I talked to the Founder of Londonart.co.uk

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An Interview with Owner of Cornwall Arts and Creative Directory (CACD)

Cornwall Arts

I stumbled onto the Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) the other day. It appeared on the first page of my Google search for ‘Cornwall art’ and I was intrigued to find out more. I’m always inspired to see people reaching out and pulling together a community – to be able to do this successfully you need to be visible – and this website is. I immediately sent a request to join the directory. I received a very quick and friendly response and my listing is as below. Continue reading An Interview with Owner of Cornwall Arts and Creative Directory (CACD)

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Doodie’s Doodles at Open Studio Cornwall 2017

With only a week to go before Cornwall’s Open Studios begins, Doodie is racing around ensuring that everything is ready for the first opening day. From the 27th May to the 4th June Artists across Cornwall ‘throw’ open their doors to allow the public to get a privileged and unique insight into the homes of people from one of the most creative counties in the UK. Continue reading Doodie’s Doodles at Open Studio Cornwall 2017

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Buy Direct From The Artist – How to Buy Art Directly from Artists

Buy Direct From The Artist

Many people think buying original art is beyond their financial reach, an expensive luxury that is only available to the upper class.

However times have changed and the Internet has opened up a world where artists can reach people and people can reach artists. The best thing about that is, without galleries – the price of art is much more affordable. Continue reading Buy Direct From The Artist – How to Buy Art Directly from Artists

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Amanda Hoskin – Successful Cornish Artist

Cornwall is well known for it’s art community, as an artist myself I am very interested in a county which is famous for it’s history, tourist escapes and it’s art inspired scenery. I have this idealistic view of an artist in Cornwall; painting outside as well and soaking up inspiration, then meeting up with other artists and sharing their ideas. It’s something I’m interested in finding out more about.During my research into Cornish artists I saw a couple of paintings by Amanda Hoskin. Continue reading Amanda Hoskin – Successful Cornish Artist

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How To Create A Successful Art Blog

Successful Art Blog

So many artists are struggling to get by with full or part-time jobs in order to pay the bills.

There are many of us out there, and we know that we can’t rely on an online gallery to build up a customer base, therefore have to be more creative in order to build a business around doing what we love.

How do many of us start? We create an art blog. You’re reading my blog now!

But the key question is, how do we create a successful art blog? How can we generate traffic and more importantly, how can we generate the right kind of traffic? Continue reading How To Create A Successful Art Blog

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How Do You Know When Your Painting Is Ready To Sell?

It’s difficult when you’ve just finished a painting to take an objective view; you’ve just put all that hard work into it and you feel that you deserve for the painting to be finished. It’s the first time you see it complete and everything is still fresh.

Is your painting ready to sell? Continue reading How Do You Know When Your Painting Is Ready To Sell?

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Instagram for Artists – 9 Simple Instagram Strategies For Artists To Grow Their Audience

Instagram for Artists

I’ve been a bit late getting into Instagram – only about a month ago! #latereview. It’s such a prominent visual platform I’ve certainly been missing out by not exploring it more.

Below are my top 9 hints and tips to grow your audience using Instagram. Continue reading Instagram for Artists – 9 Simple Instagram Strategies For Artists To Grow Their Audience

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Canterbury Art Competition – Runner-up In The Canterbury Whitefriars Art Competition

Canterbury Art Competition

As part of this year’s Whitefriars In Bloom festivities, they held an Canterbury Art Competition where they invited artists to submit artworks around the theme ‘Wellbeing’.

In association with art supplies shop Cowling & Wilcox, artists had to submit their artwork by 1st July 2016.

I’m fortunate to be a runner-up. A photo of my painting, along with the other winners are currently on display at Whitefriars in Canterbury until the end of August. Continue reading Canterbury Art Competition – Runner-up In The Canterbury Whitefriars Art Competition

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Artist Book – Should I Create An Artist Book?

Artist Book

I received an email the other day from one of my favourite artists Erin Hanson, in this email I saw that she had published a book of her work called ‘Open Impressionism’.

The book looks stunning but it got me thinking. Why create an artist book and will it really make a difference? I dropped a note to Erin with these questions and below you can read what I discovered. Continue reading Artist Book – Should I Create An Artist Book?