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Celebrate National Poetry Day!

Yes, it’s National Poetry Day! The theme this year is Choice! We’ve been asked to Choose a Poem. And I have chosen a poem called, That’s Unbelievable! by Alan Richardson from his book called: There Are Hats….Fun Poems for Children. That’s Unbelievable! Some people … More

How To Plan A Graphic Novel

This is the second blog post about my experience of creating a graphic novel. In my first blog post I focus on the advice given in books by some of the Big Beasts (Marvel and DC) of Comics and Graphic novels, so this post … More

How to create a Graphic Novel?

I started my first graphic novel. I plan to write it and illustrate it. Full of enthusiasm and excitement I sat down with my idea and………stopped. Do I start with creating the images or should I begin by writing the story? Do I divide … More

Google Arts and Culture Site

Wow! Highly recommend this site for all artists. Access the new Google Arts & Culture Site to explore exhibitions/paintings/museums around the world. You can focus on individual paintings or take leisurely walks around museums and art galleries – oh and so much, much more. … More

Tips on how to use oil pastels

I’ve been asked to create a piece of artwork for a large bedroom. The work can be in any medium so I’m practising some ideas, starting with oil pastels. I picked up my soft oil pastels again this week and have decided this is … More

How to tell when your painting is finished

I think this painting is finished. But every time I look at it I see areas that I could improve or embellish. Should I continue to work on this painting? How do I know when my paintings are finished? This is a question that … More

Working with ballpoint pens

I threw myself in the deep end.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to draw using a ballpoint instead of pencil. And I loved the experience.  I picked a photograph of my husband to draw mainly because I liked the texture of his leather jacket … More

Our Post-Apocalypse drawing session

We experienced another fabulous afternoon of drawing. Daniel, our model was dressed as the perfect post apocalypse vigilante and brought along his own home-created baton and axe! The music was dark and moody and the sketchers created some exceptional pieces.

Barbara Hepworth at St Albans Museum

There is a beautifully curated exhibition currently on at St Albans Museum. It is a small collection of Barbara Hepworth’s scultpures created between 1948 – 1953, when Hepworth spent some time in Hertfordshire. The exhibition is called an ‘Artist in Society’ – an expression … More

Drawing The Hands

Part II on how to improve your drawing skills with a focus on the hands.

Mixable oils – a new medium for me

I bought these a couple of weeks ago to try. Having used acrylics for my paintings I was delighted to discover oil paints that can be mixed with water. Also, paintbrushes can be washed too – no having to use turpentine or white spirit. … More

Taking your work to local galleries

It’s probably worth researching galleries before turning up with paintings-in-hand, as I did. I visited two galleries in one day and could not have had two more contrasting experiences. But before I describe these, I must express my surprise at how willing the gallery-owners … More

Creative Drawing Session at the Maltings, St Albans

A hardy band of creatives made their way through wind and rain to the Maltings Arts Theatre on Sunday and stepped into a sunny Californian set, where model Rowena started the session looking fresh out of the crowds of the 1969 Monterey Pop Festival. … More

St Albans Life Drawing

The Pop Up Drawing Club spent an inspiring Sunday drawing our fab model, Rowena during our 1950s themed event.

Life Drawing in London – Art Macabre

There’s a very exciting drawing class that I attend as often as I can. Art Macabre is run by entrepreneur and Creative Art Director Nikki Shaill. These drawings were completed at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch (short walk from Liverpool Stree Station). Nikki … More

Sold a painting

It’s difficult to describe the feeling of selling a piece of art at an exhibition. Joyous, is a good start, quickly followed by exhilarated and galvanised! The sold piece – image on the left – is a favourite of mine. I started painting a … More

Comic Art Goddess

I love Comic Art. It can be dramatic, dynamic and powerful. I love its bold lines and its energy. In this pencil drawing of Flora the Goddess of flowers. I wanted to create a sense of Spring and new beginnings. The bold lines of … More

Exhibition at Trestle Arts Base – St Albans

From 10th March to 4th May: Trestle Arts Base has agreed to host my first solo exhibition. It’s a fantastic space and worth visiting for so many reasons. Apart from supporting local artists, you can attend yoga classes, watch theatre productions, attend mask-making classes … More

Goddess Flora

A modern day image of Flora, the ancient Roman Goddess of spring. Painted by combining comic art style and realism.

Free motion machine embroidery

Free motion embroidery is addictive. I’ve created a few items using this method and this year took my creations to a local Christmas Fair. For this item I attached organza to a silk background using a free swirling stitch. I then ‘drew’ the mistletoe … More

Paint with mixable oils take II

I attended an excellent art course at ArtShed. The tutor was Jayne Evans who provides excellent tuition. The glass was my second painting in the class using mixable oils. I learned that looking at each part of the object was the key to working … More

How to use mixable oil paints

I like to paint on larger canvasses and the size of the one in the image is approximately 60cm x 80cm and as you can see my first work using mixable oil paints was not the best. I found the paint very difficult to … More

How to wrap a painting for a gallery

Last week I once again jumped into the deep end. 10:30 Tuesday I decided to present a couple of my paintings to some local galleries and get some feedback. Grabbing the paintings I made my way to the door and then stopped. If I … More

Healthy, Fast, Lunch

A simple, fast and healthy light-bite. Created in minutes, eaten any time of the day.

How to make a Roti

Alternative to shop-bought bread. Yeast free. Free from preservatives, sugar and salt.

How to make Cornflour Pizza bases

Create a delicious alternative to shop-bought pizza bases at home. They’re crispy and delicious. Simple ingredients, nothing artificial, sugar and salt free. Healthy and easy to store. Cook a batch and store them in the freezer. Serves two. 30 minutes to cook. Ingredients for … More