New Moonscape Series

The first painting from the new Moonscape series in progress in the studio. Reigate, Surrey, April 2019 © Natasha Newton

The first painting from the new Moonscape series in progress in the studio. Reigate, Surrey, April 2019 © Natasha Newton

The Moon has featured in my landscapes for many years (since around 2005, I think!) but it’s been the solitary subject and focus of several different series of watercolour paintings since 2013. It’s a subject I never tire of painting and whenever I gaze out of the window and see the full moon shining brightly in the sky, I feel inspired to paint it yet again. Over the years I’ve often thought about painting huge moons on canvas - the others were much smaller works on paper - but I wasn’t sure how well it would work. I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I wanted to try this and the responses were so encouraging that I decided to start straight away! I’m calling this new series ‘Moonscape’ because some of the paintings will focus more closely on the lunar texture and will feature sections of the moon rather than the entire moon. There will be variety in the composition of the pieces throughout the series, and in all likelihood I’ll be painting on canvases of many different sizes too.

The painting you can see here in progress in the studio is ‘Moonscape 1’. It’s huge - for me! - at 36x36” / 91x91cm and although I have quite a way to go before it’s finished, I wanted to share it with you. I’m already enjoying working on this new series immensely, and feel excited to see how it develops!

Shop Update: New Collection of Original Work

Meditation Collection 2 © Natasha Newton 2019

Meditation Collection 2 © Natasha Newton 2019

Hi everyone, this is just a quick post to let you know that there will be a shop update tonight at 7:30pm GMT, with 12 individual listings of original artwork created this month. It will include two paintings on slate, three paintings from my new ‘Gold Feather’ series, a moon painting, a collection of three nature stones (featured), two animal stones, and three original paintings on vintage Observer’s Books. I hope you like the new pieces! Keep an eye on my social media, particularly Instagram, and this blog for details of future updates. I’ll be back soon to tell you about my new YouTube channel and what you can expect to see in my upcoming videos! Click on this link to go to the shop: natashanewton.com/shop

A Fresh Start

An evening in the studio working on a commission. January 2019 © Natasha Newton

An evening in the studio working on a commission. January 2019 © Natasha Newton

Commissioned landscape in progress. January 2019 © Natasha Newton

Commissioned landscape in progress. January 2019 © Natasha Newton

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!