Tuscan farmhouse (detail) by Stephen Murray

Patterns of improvement

Every artist has been there. You’ve tried to master a new technique or switched to a different medium and it just hasn’t worked. “No pain no gain,” they say. “Practice makes perfect,” they say. If the practice isn’t fun, fear, frustration and doubt will soon set in.

The trick is to find something that inspires you. Once those creative juices are flowing, break the process down so that it’s less daunting and more enjoyable. Find out how patterns and some sunshine inspired me to conquer my fear of water(colour).

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My New Year’s resolution

New Year is a time when we make promises, usually involving giving up something we love or starting to do something we hate. This year my promise was a little different; to open an online shop to sell my paintings.

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