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...

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...

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...

January 14, 2016

 


 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono sang: "We are all water from different rivers that's why it's so easy to meet.” Since I started interviewing artists and sharing my work on FB and Instagram, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people from all over the world. Art is one of t...

October 7, 2015

Early in August of this year, I found myself in one of those frustrating exchanges you land up having with a complete stranger on FB. This guy, let's call him Eduardo Monteagudo, responds to a picture containing some paintings I happen to like, and he doesn't. And let'...

October 5, 2015

Here follows the second half of my conversation with the artist Thomas Wharton. Please also see In Conversation with Thomas Wharton (Part I) here.

 

Q: How do you start a piece? What is the first thing you do. I appreciate this may vary from subject to subject.

 

This tend...

October 5, 2015

It's Sunday morning. While my children are watching kids TV, I'm going through my correspondence with Thomas Wharton, a multi award winning New Mexico based artist. It's only been a week, but I already have so much information from our exchanges that I'm now having to...

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