January 17, 2017

At the end of June 2016 I got on a plane in London leaving my husband and two school-going children behind, and headed to Rome. I was off to do a two-week figure painting workshop with the artist Hollis Dunlap, and to see the city’s treasure trove of art and architectu...

August 15, 2016

Orange dress. By Hollis Dunlap

LONDON, United Kingdom - Not long after I created an Instagram account in October 2015, I discovered the American figurative artist Hollis Dunlap. Hollis had around eighty four thousand followers so evidently I was slow to the mark. I foun...

June 23, 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom — On a warm Thursday evening in June, I packed my art bag, kissed the family goodbye, and headed to the Hampstead School of Art. I was so excited I almost ran to my destination. I was about to paint alongside the British artist Tim Benson. Tim is...

June 22, 2016

Artist Clara Drummond standing with her painting 'Girl in a Liberty Dress'. Winner of the BP Portrait Award 2016 

LONDON, United Kingdom - After what must have been a nail biting few weeks for the three shortlisted artists, last night Clara Drummond was announced w...

June 9, 2016

Girl in a Liberty Dress by Clara Drummond (c) Clara Drummond.
Shortlistedfor theBP Portrait Award 2016

As a writer I spend a lot of time gathering information and waiting. Waiting to hear back from people, verifying facts, ensuring I have rights for the images I want to...

May 6, 2016

 Michael Harding at work in his factory in South Wales, United Kingdom


Like a lot of artists I often wonder to what extent the paints and materials one uses influence how good an artist you are or can be? Or is it not so much about the tool but more so the hand that wi...

April 2, 2016

René Tweehuysen is a Dutch artist based in a village called Oude Bildtzijl near the Frisian Coast in the northern most part of the Netherlands. On his website he describes his surroundings which include mudflats and salt marshes as follows: “The light has a silver hue...

March 20, 2016

I remember that flyer distinctly: A cropped head shot of a man painted in big bold brush strokes and vivid colours pinned onto the scuffed wall of my art school. The copy read: 'Paint the portrait with Tim Benson' - a one off evening workshop. I took a picture of it an...

March 3, 2016

Nocturne by Thomas Wharton


One of the things I ask all the artists I converse with and whose work I admire, is to talk to me about their colour palette. Specifically their skin tone palette. An artist's palette is like this unique bag of tricks that they create through...

February 26, 2016

In the process of becoming and being an artist, you spend a lot of time visiting galleries, looking at art books, and seeing what artists are up to on social media. You do this to learn, gain appreciation and inspiration, and also to enjoy feelings of debilitating unwo...

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