October 3, 2018

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The A to Z continues with O, P, Q R S and T . . .

O is for Oregon (at the time that this was written, I was preparing for a three-day drawing workshop that I...

October 3, 2018

Originally published on 5th September 2018 at www.collectivemarks.blogspot.com.

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Earlier this year I took part in a

smallandsupercharged social media group A to Z about my busin...

October 3, 2018

Originally published May 2018 at www.collectivemarks.blogspot.com

This was part of a social media programme. the text was too long and I could not cut it down without losing the thread so it was posted as a link to this blog post. The rest of the A to Z follows in futur...

October 3, 2018

originally published 25th october 2017 at www.collectivemarks.blogspot.com

My last blog’s musings were about paintings that work on different levels and whether we should have to explain them. In that I stated that I liked books, films and music that works on different...

October 3, 2018

Originally published October 2017 at www.collectivemarks.blogspot.com

"Please don’t let me be Misunderstood"

Another music reference: I sometimes think that the song, first recorded by Nina Simone (co-incidentally in the year I was born) should be my theme tune!

A recurri...

October 3, 2018

Originally published September 2017 at www.collectivemarks.blogspot.com

On Sunday I was at the official opening and prize-giving of the Society of Equestrian Artist’s The Horse In Art exhibition. There had been a period of over a month since I was at the handing–in day...

May 24, 2016

Every painting has a story: Its source; its process; its contribution to my style or learning; its history; its life after it is completed. A few of my clients like me to write down the story for them to keep with the painting through interest or for provenance. When I...

May 18, 2016

I am not an art workshop expert. So far I have hosted four, attended five and observed at two more.  In preparing to write this blog I looked at other blogs and articles on the subject and was amazed at how many advocated researching the tutor, which is hard and someti...

April 11, 2016

My last few posts have all been getting around to one thing: Confidence. One of my favourite artists, the master watercolourist Joseph Zbukvic is quoted as saying “Trust your watercolour, and trust yourself. Lack of confidence destroys.” I increasingly agree.



March 15, 2016


At the end of last weeks post I mentioned ‘process not product’ so thought that this week I would expand on what I mean by this. It goes back to my first post One for the Earning One for the Learning. In simple terms it is about painting or drawing and starting out wi...

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