One way to impress yourself as an artist!

One way to impress yourself as an artist!

I’ve had five Zoom calls with lovely Shiny Happy Art Club Members this week, and I found myself recommending SAMPLERS a few times.
 
Acrylic Samplers
These two are on Scrap Book Covers (I use them for planning) from 2017 and 2018.
 
The thing with Samplers is:
– you get to practice colour mixing
– you learn about your own art supplies (whether you have a little or a lot)
– you have a ‘go to resource’ when you’re wondering how to start mixing a colour
– if you fill a page with marks like this it looks impressive! You’ll feel like an artist!
 
I have only become a convert to Samplers in the past 5 years but now – I just love them. I do them for every art supply I have. It’s time well spent.
 
So I encourage you to make time for a Sampler this weekend. Do at least a page (or a book cover!).
 
If you’re a neat person, rule some lines. If you’re not (like me) just go for it. Mark your colours across the top of the page, and down the left hand side (label them) and then get mixing your grid of colour.
Anna
And so, I’m an author!

And so, I’m an author!

About 3 years ago I went to a business presentation and it was recommended that people who seriously wanted to become an influencer in their area of expertise (and I am very keen to get people connected to their creativity through success with art) should write a book.

A real, touch it, feel it, thump it on the table… book.

At that stage I had been running Paint Alongs in my studio for about 18 months and I had a repertoire of painting subjects I could call on.

So I put together a list of publishers who might be suitable for my market (beginner/social painters) and went about preparing submissions. The first publisher I contacted was North Light Books and to my absolute delight they got back in touch with me on 30 June 2014 to tell me they’d like to publish my book, “Painting Party”.

 

Since then there has been a series of deadlines to provide content and photos, while they went to work asking me questions, editing and designing. And lo and behold… it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon (cue stunned happiness).

I’ll have signed copies available closer to the publication date… very excited!

Lilies!

Lilies!

Today’s Paint Along was my first group to paint my new composition ‘Lilies’ and it was SO.MUCH.FUN! Great conversation, champers, chocolates and oh, some painting too.

Check it out!

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4 days in 4 minutes

4 days in 4 minutes

I’ve been itching to paint a larger-than-my-usual canvas with a vase of bright flowers in it – so late last week I got started on it and timelapsed the whole thing, from wo to go – enjoy!

I’ll get this baby varnished and it’ll be available for sale at the Downlands Art Exhibition this August (and if it doesn’t find it’s forever home there, it’ll be online here after that!).

Another upside is after checking myself out from this angle, I’ve decided to grow my hair. There are always multiple dimensions to projects like this, don’t you think!