Do you allow your dog to sleep on your bed with you? Did you swear (or promise to your partner) that it would NEVER happen - yet those puppy eyes and offers of extra warmth & snuggles won the day? You are not alone.Read More
As an artist, it's really important that I remember to play about and keep experimenting. It's important to make works for the sheer making of it, not always for the outcome.Read More
I absolutely love to see dogs doing silly things but sometimes they are just not silly enough - to counteract this, I'm going all out silly woofers in a new collection of paintings I'm working on.
As I am sure you have recognised now, I'm a bit in love with my own dog, Barney and pretty much everyone else's too. I've always loved them, they just make me so happy.
With this in mind and from all the studying I have been doing for my bespoke dog portraits (www.ipaintdogs.com) I'm going to go doggier crazy and mix them into my paintings. Dog Groomers, Elvis Dogs, Dogs on a day out - all are in the planning stage but for now, I thought I'd show you some of the paintings I've just finished - you can see them under 'Fun Dog Paintings'.
Am utterly delighted to report that they are going down a storm.
Woof! Sam x
Have you found an artist or maker whose work you love? Are you on your second/third purchase of their work and think they could do with a leg-up somehow? You can help. Below are some ways that you can help your artist.Read More
It's easy to get so lost in our businesses, that we forget to plan and create room for learning.Read More
I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to a club. It's a welcoming club where everyone is invited. The running theme is one of encouragement, our encouraging you to strap up, pull on your big girl pants (or boy pants) and do something creative - anything creative.Read More
Have you always loved the idea of drawing & painting? Have you dreamt of setting up somewhere beautiful with your watercolour set - watching the world go by whilst listening to inspiring music on your earphones? Go for it, it's all yours and here are some tips to get you started.Read More
Have the treasured pieces of artwork in your home have a nick or two in them? Perhaps your little darlings added their own scribbles over the years? (I know mine have) Well, don't worry because there is a very different way of looking at this problem/issue.
In the early 00"s I had a gallery in London. A beautiful space in Clapham Common where we sold some 80 selected artists work. Becoming a gallery owner was a steep learning curve for me - and a thrilling ride. Being responsible for other artists work was daunting at first but I found my way and learned much over my years there. Our stock room to the gallery was the real treasure chest - and clients loved to be invited down there, accompanied of course.
As you can imagine, our fully stocked-stock room, meant (beautifully ) stacked paintings, brimming shelves and all the normal gubbins that comes with owning a shop. Very occasionally, minor damage would occur to a piece of work and interestingly, these works sold faster than the ones in mint conditions.
The secret here is that these damaged works, told a story.
Turner once said "Never waste an accident" and I am inclined to agree with him.
Now, just to be clear, I'm not talking about gaping great rips or canvases with obvious holes in - more nicks, small tears or marks which can be patched up on the reverse of the canvas, so they are not more vulnerable to further damage. Any piece of art has it's own history, where it was made, where it has hung & in what galleries. I believe that these are all precious and tell the story of how that piece came to live on your walls.
Another bonus to these slightly damaged works is the price tag - sometimes you can gain yourself a notable discount. I tend to negotiate discounts more from galleries rather than the artists themselves, I'm not big into asking for discounts directly from the artist as you can read in my 'Buying Original Artwork' download on the front page of my website.
Learn to treasure the dings and stories your artworks have, they all add up to the story of that individual, never to be repeated piece of art work.
Do you have any works that have been slightly damaged? I'd love to hear about them.
Here's one to Pin later
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Has it been years since you last did any drawing? Were you told that it ‘wasn’t your thing’ at school? Let’s FORGET all that you think you know about this wonderful hobby and buy ourselves a new sketchbook, we are going drawing.Read More
Around October last year, my daughters held a theme day. This is a day that gets everyone involved in making something, all years from reception to Year 6. It's a lovely idea and unites all 450 children together in making. The theme for this particular day was 'Kite Making'.Read More