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I have had a quiet few weeks in the painting department while my 2 children have been on holiday but I have been thinking a lot about how my painting has changed and developed. I was an enthusiastic hobby painter for many years and I would sometimes only get a chance to paint while on holiday . I mainly paint outside and sometimes go months without picking up a paint brush. I never put animals or people in my work ....   I also loved my garden and studied horticulture flowers were a huge inspiration. I began to look at...

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I am often asked ..."do you like doing commissions?" Well there's a question and the simple answer is yes I do, the long answer is..... I am still flattered and excited when someone asks me to paint something for them. I know it means they must like my style of painting and want me to paint a treasured pet or precious moment for them to keep forever.But along with the excitement comes a certain amount of pressure....that doesn't apply when painting a subject that I have chosen. To take some of the pressure off I never take any payment unless...

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It's the Easter Holidays so painting time is precious, kids are downstairs watching films, pizza is being eaten. It is Saturday evening I think I have the space and time to do a painting.  I think a hedgehog is in order. First I sketch the out line....I like a sketch even with something simple like a hedgehog shape so I can judge if I have the proportions right. Then the eye, there are several colors in the eye, yellow, browns and blue. I have to be so careful to preserve the white for the light  I hold several brushes in...

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I am often asked what do you like to paint most ...and that is an impossible question to answer. I began painting what I saw around me, especially on family holidays etc sitting on beaches and up on the moors. Just soaking the atmosphere and getting lost in the process of painting. There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors but you never look at something quite as closely as when you are painting it. When I look back at those paintings now I can actually remember the scene, the weather the sights and sounds.Much more vividly than a...

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Today has been one of those days, I set off with the full intention of getting going on a new painting .  I got the kids off to school and then headed up the hill on my normal walk. The spring sunshine was lovely and the hedgerows seemed alive with birds . I had plenty of ideas buzzing in my head along with the buzzing of Spring all around me.All was good with the world..... Passing my car on the way back home I noticed one of the tyre's was flat....so into town to check it out. They were very...

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