What Does a Dog WANT To Play On?

Let’s Think Dog!   

If I were a dog, I’d want to lie, sniff, possibly dig, jump, rest and play on the ground in the sunshine and likely in the rain too.  My four paws wouldn’t want too much in the way of small gravel and I’d need some purchase from the ground I play on!

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Do You Suffer From STS? (Shiny Thing Syndrome) If so, read this....

Do you suffer from Shiny-Thing Syndrome?  It’s interesting that I said suffer, because actually sniffing out all things new, having gazillions of new ideas is all part of the creative process, the hard bit is actively deciding which of these to pursue. Read this…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do.  Helping Our Teenagers to Keep Creative.

Teenagers and drawing, it all begins to drop off at this age.  The freedom our children once enjoyed via exploratory drawing begins to wane about 10 – 12yrs old, it’s natural but it’s also a shame.  Is your teenager still creating?  If not, here are some tips to stimulate them into action.

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The Benefits of Leaving The Capsule. Downing Tools & Doing It.

 This morning I took my dog for a walk over Suffolk Heath, a place close to my heart.  After school holidays and winter bugs have dictated life indoors for a number of weeks, getting outside ALONE is precious.  This post is all about the benefits of downing tools and getting outside for 30 mins.

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How Can You Be In A Coffee Shop At Home? Welcome To The World Of Sound Apps.

How does background sound effect the way we work?  

If your next-door neighbours are converting their basement into a cinema room, I imagine this has a horrible effect on you - but leaving the extremes of the digger - what’s your regular listen as you work?Golden silence, whistling, heavy metal or spoken word?

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Slow Living - What is?

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…

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Why I LOVE to buy Damaged Artworks

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

Why I love to buy damaged artworks by Samantha Barnes Artist

Art In Your Home. Making The Very Best Of The Art You Already Own.

How do you hang paintings?  Could the art in your home do with a refresh and if so, where to begin?  An artist for 20+ years and gallery owner for a number of them too - I'm happy to share my hints and tips with you about making the very best of the art you already own. 

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