8.30am on Monday, a digger and oodles of cement are going to be delivered to my home. A dream is coming true for me, I’m having a new studio built in my garden - so why am I so sad?Read More
Do you get comparisonitus when it comes to numbers on your social channel? Insta, FB, Twitter, Linkedin? Well, the good news is that you can forget all about them, as put simply, THE NUMBERS DO NOT MATTER!Read More
January, a month of fresh resolve for you, or month of hibernation? I tend to be a bit blue after the festivities, so this year, I’m going to run an ‘Everyone Can Draw’ workshop near to Woodbridge on Friday 11th January, with the sole aim of jollying ourselves up!Read More
Today I happened to catch a programme on the radio about agreeableness. It was Highlighting a link between those that are deemed to be kind and thoughtful and those that struggle financially. WOW I thought.. really?Read More
Have you heard about Patreon? Ko-fi? Neither had I - well actually, I had of the first, but not for the second. Put simply, these platforms offer spaces for creatives to ask their clients for support, by way of depositing into their coffers - allowing them to get on with the business of making new works.Read More
Well, that show really was something. Thank you SO much to everyone for signing up, visiting and purchasing too, I sold over 84 pieces of work.. 84?!!
A record, so what happens now?
A nap.Read More
Do you have an ongoing problem with a habit that you just can't break? Does the term willpower bring you out in a rash? Welcome to being normal.Read More
Do you have a thing? That thing that you love doing alongside your day job? Keep doing it because it could well blossom into your main gig.Read More
This weekend saw me partying. A final summer shindig which was both brilliant fun and great for work too, the downside is the two-to-three day hangover, one of which I’m currently nursing. Do you know when enough is enough?Read More
What people say matters for us small fish in business. When considering a new purchase or service, do you find yourself automatically checking how many people have done it before? I do.Read More
Comparison, we all fall. Today I listened to a superb podcast episode by Kayte Ferris of Simple & Seaon, who has a new podcast called 'Grow With Soul'. Today she interviewed the very talented Kara Leigh Ford a ceramicist from Somerset and maker of some beautiful works. One of the subjects they covered was the brilliantly termed 'Comparisonitis'. (wish I'd thought of that name first).Read More
When working at Latitude Festival a couple of weeks ago, I found a stall called ‘Simon Says Fork Out’. His is a business that hits all my buttons, creative upcycling, making something beautiful from things discarded, in this case Silver Cutlery. Occasionally, I happen upon something that stops me in my tracks, when was the last time this happened for you? I’d love to know.Read More
Much of my learning about blogging has lead to my embarking on oodles of necessary reading. I’ve been researching well-written blogs, not so much the ‘How to’ variety, more finding and spending time on various websites and perhaps engaging with those that run blogs alongside their businesses. I’ve met some really interesting people along the way…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
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
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
You've selected your painting, been through checkout and are now awaiting your delivery. So what happens in our studio when the button is pressed?
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