Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that one of the things I’m always doing is pushing to try new ideas. Sometimes it’s a new medium, sometimes just working on expressing a new idea. One of the best aspects of paintings is knowing that the learning never stops. I find that a high proportion of my inspiration and my learning comes from other artists. I make it a point to seek out and look at the blogs of new artists so every day new images appear in my feed. If you embrace it, the community of artists online can be a warm and generous place to hang out.
This was an early failed attempt at portrait painting. It was done about 2 years ago and I’ve not gone back to doing portraits yet – but one day I will. This young lady gazes out from my studio pin board to remind me that one day I should have another go at painting faces.
In the meantime, I’d like to share the websites of a few of my newly discovered artists:
– I ‘ve followed Sue Nichols on Facebook and now on Twitter for some time now. Her love of the British coastline shines through her wonderful paintings. I can just about smell the salt air when I look at Sue’s paintings
– Haidee-Jo Summers is someone whose work I discovered fairly recently. She paints wonderful life scenes and works en plein air (something I still find challenging)
– Today I happened on the wonderful website of Paul Burgess via is twitter posting of his marvellous painting of curious cows (he calls them ‘nosey’)
For future reference, links to all these websites are not on my Artists page.
And finally a blog post for the watercolourists, Don Rankin posted this great piece about sketching en plein air today.