Hello and welcome to my blog, whether you’re a new reader or someone who has been following my work online for a while! I’ve written a blog on and off for around the past 10 years or so; sometimes regularly and at other times sporadically. I’ve been meaning to get back to posting regularly on here for a while, particularly as I decided I would no longer have a mailing list back in May 2018. I found it was a lot of time and effort for very little gain, and my time would be better spent making sure my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts were regularly updated with new work and upcoming events. I can reach tens of thousands of people this way, but only a couple of hundred via the mailing list, so it seems like the intelligent thing to do.
I’m someone who likes to experiment and try different things when it comes to my art, so this year I’ll be going in new directions and pushing myself out of my comfort zone a little more. When you hit upon an idea that becomes popular, it’s easy to keep repeating that style or subject matter over and over. You know it will sell well or gain a lot of attention via social media (thereby helping to spread the word about your work) and so it’s tempting to just stick with that. However, to me, that’s not what it means to be an artist. I don’t just want to paint landscapes and birds, even though these have been my primary subjects since the early days of my career. I’ve recently been working on a series of seascapes, and I’ve started expanding my landscape colour palette to include greens and also warmer autumnal colours, rather than my usual cool blues and greys. I occasionally like to experiment with abstract painting, and I enjoy painting on stones, slate, sea glass, beach pottery and other objects, rather than just canvas or paper. I use many different mediums too. I’m starting to experiment more with hand-lettering and finding ways to incorporate that into my work. At the end of 2018, I had an idea to paint on vintage Observer’s Books and I’m truly enjoying creating artwork on these already beautiful objects - and it seems that my followers love them too, which is a nice feeling! I want to start offering greetings cards and products with my artwork on them, so I’ll keep you updated when those become available.
Writing has always been something that I’ve enjoyed and is very important to me. With the encouragement of my followers on Instagram, I’ve begun to write longer posts on there where I share more about my life as an artist, and as someone who lives with sometimes debilitating migraines and anxiety. I don’t let either of those problems stop me from being who I am or from living my life, and I endeavour to pass on any tips and advice I’ve learned over the years in the hope that it will help others. I’m currently in the process of writing and illustrating a book about an entirely different topic - I’m only just starting on that particular project, so I’ll tell you more another time! I also wrote an article for Breathe magazine last year, and I’d love to perhaps write for publications on a more regular basis.
As you can see, there are so many different things I’d like to do and for years I’ve allowed fear to hold me back, but not anymore! I hope you’ll join me on my journey; let’s have some fun!