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What stuff to use?

So what paints are good?  I seldom use artists quality paints, I have a few given to me as presents but I don’t tend to buy them.  I usually buy Cotman in tubes and use their cold pressed 300g paper.  Its grain finish works well and it allows certain paints to lift.  I have too many paint tubes, but if I see one I haven’t got, it comes home with me.  The Windsor and Newton Sceptre gold brushes are great.

But really it doesn’t matter…..biro on squared paper, doodling on a receipt….if you’re creating and enjoying it then that’s perfect!

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So why do you paint that?

So people ask me allsorts of things, some of them are even related to my art!

I get asked that a lot…I really do.  Yes – I can paint seascapes and landscapes, yes I can paint flowers, no I don’t paint human portraits, yes I do life drawing.

So why do I paint portraits of shoes?  The answer is simple, they are absurdly difficult.

Everyone has shoes, everyones knows what they look like, so everyone can see when they are wrong.  Everyone is an expert.  Taking photos of shoes is difficult and painting them even more so…..but I love it.

I’ve yet to paint ones that I didn’t love, people are sentimental about them..first baby shoes, wedding shoes, grandad and grandson together shoes, they all mean love and happy memories….

If I can capture what they see and what they love – it makes my day! x



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Painting and Drawing…the story continues…

Happy New Year!

I’m not really sure how long it’s polite to keep saying that for, but yes I’m still creating.

I’ve just finished two pet portraits in pencil, two dogs  – one cute and fluffy, the other smooth and sophisicated.  These are for a family and we are having the design put onto mugs too.  They will look lovely I’m hoping, I’ll post a photo as soon as they are agreed.

Other news…shoe portraits are still top of my list at the minute.  So much paint  – so little time.  Some are quicker than others but usually there are at least 6 or 7 layers of paint.  They only ever come to life in the last hour, stitching, a glint of light on a buckle or a shadow – then boom…. it’s finished.  They are then out on a bookcase or somewhere I can see them without looking for a day so I can see any faults.  I take photos too, look at them in a mirror and glare at them until I’m happy.

The best part for me is a happy client.  They love the subject, I just hope that they see what I have seen… an eye sparkle, diamonds maybe or a beautiful heel.  It’s nerve racking too, but all artists have that fear.  We are our own worst critic, but when a commission has delighted it’s the best feeling!

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Bucks Open Studios

Sooooo huge news, I’ve had a couple of years break but I’ve signed up for Bucks Open Studios this year.  There will be a group of us this year, all of us were together at the pop up gallery Artworks in Chesham High Street.  So there will be 4 artists, a glass artist and an upholsterer.  Happy days!