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Current view {from the Pondering Chair}. If you haven't seen in my stories or elsewhere, I'm running a birthday flash sale for Artnotes subscribers this week on four of my most popular courses. Sign up at the link in my profile to receive the discount code on Friday. Code is good only till Sunday, so keep an eye on your inbox if you don't want to miss the sale! πŸ˜ŠπŸ•ΊπŸΌπŸ–Œ
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Current view {from the Pondering Chair}. If you haven't seen in my stories or elsewhere, I'm running a birthday flash sale for Artnotes subscribers this week on four of my most popular courses. Sign up at the link in my profile to receive the discount code on Friday. Code is good only till Sunday, so keep an eye on your inbox if you don't want to miss the sale! πŸ˜ŠπŸ•ΊπŸΌπŸ–Œ . . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #ontheeasel #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #ourstudiotime - 2 days ago

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Gathering intel, aka looking at some sections of paintings I love to feel into why, and how I can reuse or develop those ideas. Often we have this habit of trying to constantly reinvent the wheel, when often the information we need is already here. Mining your own work for the creation of new paintings is a great way to build a body of work, and to go deep with it. I like deep. Our fast paced world is training us to forget how  but our art can remind us. It's all there if we're open to it. .

Huh. Was going to write about something else entirely, but apparently this is today's deep thought.😊 .

Ps. I'll say more tomorrow, but if you've had your eye on Artist Inspired II, Touchstone, Loosen Up or Expressive Charcoal, you might want to sign up for access to a birthday flash sale on these courses, opening Friday! Link in bio.
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Gathering intel, aka looking at some sections of paintings I love to feel into why, and how I can reuse or develop those ideas. Often we have this habit of trying to constantly reinvent the wheel, when often the information we need is already here. Mining your own work for the creation of new paintings is a great way to build a body of work, and to go deep with it. I like deep. Our fast paced world is training us to forget how but our art can remind us. It's all there if we're open to it. . Huh. Was going to write about something else entirely, but apparently this is today's deep thought.😊 . Ps. I'll say more tomorrow, but if you've had your eye on Artist Inspired II, Touchstone, Loosen Up or Expressive Charcoal, you might want to sign up for access to a birthday flash sale on these courses, opening Friday! Link in bio. . . . . . . . . . . #artpractice #creativepeocess #artthoughts #wips #closeup #paintingdetail #new_and_abstract #seaweedpaintings #cornwallartist #abstractarts #paintingprocess #artprocess #artinprogress #detailoftheday #artistincornwall - 4 days ago

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Trying to make myself go down to the studio but Storm Denis is making me realise how many 'urgent' tasks I simply MUST do in the house first.πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ And if you've been contemplating joining Abstractify before the price goes up, now is the final day to join us! See link in profile for all the intel. Now I must go and organise some drawers as a matter of great urgency.
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Trying to make myself go down to the studio but Storm Denis is making me realise how many 'urgent' tasks I simply MUST do in the house first.πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ And if you've been contemplating joining Abstractify before the price goes up, now is the final day to join us! See link in profile for all the intel. Now I must go and organise some drawers as a matter of great urgency. . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #ontheeasel #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 6 days ago

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Woke up to find my website is down - apologies to anyone trying to access it and I'm told it should be up within a couple of hours. Will keep you posted! .

In the meantime, I'm headed to the studio - I'm at that stage where the wips are starting to feel a bit stale so it's time to start some new boards to bring fresh energy and new information to the proceedings. Onward!πŸ•ΊπŸΌπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ’ͺ🀞
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UPDATE: We're back in business - website now working again.πŸ˜ŠπŸ•ΊπŸΌ
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Woke up to find my website is down - apologies to anyone trying to access it and I'm told it should be up within a couple of hours. Will keep you posted! . In the meantime, I'm headed to the studio - I'm at that stage where the wips are starting to feel a bit stale so it's time to start some new boards to bring fresh energy and new information to the proceedings. Onward!πŸ•ΊπŸΌπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ’ͺ🀞 . UPDATE: We're back in business - website now working again.πŸ˜ŠπŸ•ΊπŸΌ . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #studiosink #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 10 days ago

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Holy smokes, didn't realise my little ponder on saturday was going to generate so many responses! Thank you so much to everyone who shared their motivations for buying art. While it wasn't strategic, I found it very interesting - and good intel for us artists! - to learn that the majority of us need no connection at all with the artist to feel compelled to buy a piece of work. I've bought work both with and without that personal connection but have found myself leaning more towards 'with' recently. As someone pointed out, I am extremely sensitive to the energy of what comes into my home {I don't own much vintage stuff because of this}, and because some of the artist's energy is in the work, I like to have that context. Anyway, that was a very interesting discussion! .

I'm sending out an Artnote today - see link in my profile to try one out! And there are just 6 days left to join this session of Abstractify, also at link in profile! And that's my PSA's for this morning! Happy week to you friends.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ–Œ
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Holy smokes, didn't realise my little ponder on saturday was going to generate so many responses! Thank you so much to everyone who shared their motivations for buying art. While it wasn't strategic, I found it very interesting - and good intel for us artists! - to learn that the majority of us need no connection at all with the artist to feel compelled to buy a piece of work. I've bought work both with and without that personal connection but have found myself leaning more towards 'with' recently. As someone pointed out, I am extremely sensitive to the energy of what comes into my home {I don't own much vintage stuff because of this}, and because some of the artist's energy is in the work, I like to have that context. Anyway, that was a very interesting discussion! . I'm sending out an Artnote today - see link in my profile to try one out! And there are just 6 days left to join this session of Abstractify, also at link in profile! And that's my PSA's for this morning! Happy week to you friends.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ–Œ . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #onthetable #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 12 days ago

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Doesnt look like I'll get in here today, so I'll just look at pictures of it on my phone.πŸ˜† .

Meanwhile, I'm curious about something. Do you buy - or have you bought - art by an artist you have no prior connection with? Would you buy a piece on first sight? Or do you like to have at least a sense of the artist {follow them on social media, have emailed or spoken to or met them - some sort of context} before you'll purchase work?
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Doesnt look like I'll get in here today, so I'll just look at pictures of it on my phone.πŸ˜† . Meanwhile, I'm curious about something. Do you buy - or have you bought - art by an artist you have no prior connection with? Would you buy a piece on first sight? Or do you like to have at least a sense of the artist {follow them on social media, have emailed or spoken to or met them - some sort of context} before you'll purchase work? . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #artistincornwall #inmystudio #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #paintingprocess #artstudio #paintersstudio #painterstudio #creativeprocess #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #homeinthestudio #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 13 days ago

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One of about 20 works in progress currently. I've been becoming increasingly obsessed with the idea of the unexpected in the work. It's an enormous challenge for many of us not to put everything into a painting - to give so much away that there's little room for the viewer to 'complete the circle' or participate beyond thinking perhaps that it's lovely. There's nothing wrong with that, but when I look at art I want to have to look again, and I want to create that double take, 'wait, what am I seeing here?' feeling in my own. .

So far it means that every painting is both a struggle and, when complete, slightly odd, uncomfortable even. There are several that I feel a bit unsure about, as if I can't quite trust them when they are not 'obvious'. {And obvious is different for all of us of course.} It's exciting and challenging and some days quite painful! But I like that this single word, unexpected, is pushing me to see what the paint can do, and what I can do with the paint. Do you have a word that pushes you to make stronger work?
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One of about 20 works in progress currently. I've been becoming increasingly obsessed with the idea of the unexpected in the work. It's an enormous challenge for many of us not to put everything into a painting - to give so much away that there's little room for the viewer to 'complete the circle' or participate beyond thinking perhaps that it's lovely. There's nothing wrong with that, but when I look at art I want to have to look again, and I want to create that double take, 'wait, what am I seeing here?' feeling in my own. . So far it means that every painting is both a struggle and, when complete, slightly odd, uncomfortable even. There are several that I feel a bit unsure about, as if I can't quite trust them when they are not 'obvious'. {And obvious is different for all of us of course.} It's exciting and challenging and some days quite painful! But I like that this single word, unexpected, is pushing me to see what the paint can do, and what I can do with the paint. Do you have a word that pushes you to make stronger work? . . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #ontheeasel #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #artgram #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 18 days ago

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Found out on Saturday that I'd missed an art exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter about seaweed, which ended that very day after being on since November. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Sigh. If you happened to see it I'd love to hear about it! Maybe I should set up some sort of google alert.
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Found out on Saturday that I'd missed an art exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter about seaweed, which ended that very day after being on since November. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Sigh. If you happened to see it I'd love to hear about it! Maybe I should set up some sort of google alert. . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #seaweedpaintings #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #ontheeasel #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 23 days ago

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Many of us reach a point on the artist path where we want to move beyond the influence of those who teach and inspire us. We want to speak with our own unique artist voice, but sometimes there's confusion about how to discern it amongst all that inspiration, and even doubt that we have one. {We do! We all do.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ•ΊπŸΌ} I reached that point too and I know it can be frustrating, so I created a course for those who find themselves in that sticky place and are looking for some guidance towards artistic freedom. .

Abstractify is a rich and diverse process oriented course designed to help you uncover and develop the 'you' in your art. It's based in a spirit of experimentation and play, with a structure that guides you forward and inward without limiting you. Students typically find it reveals greater clarity and confidence in their work. For examples, go to the link in my profile and scroll to the bottom of the page.😊
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Abstractify is now open for registration until February 15th 2020! For full details and to join us, see the link in my profile. Feel free to ask me any questions, here or at tara@taraleaver.com. .

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Many of us reach a point on the artist path where we want to move beyond the influence of those who teach and inspire us. We want to speak with our own unique artist voice, but sometimes there's confusion about how to discern it amongst all that inspiration, and even doubt that we have one. {We do! We all do.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ•ΊπŸΌ} I reached that point too and I know it can be frustrating, so I created a course for those who find themselves in that sticky place and are looking for some guidance towards artistic freedom. . Abstractify is a rich and diverse process oriented course designed to help you uncover and develop the 'you' in your art. It's based in a spirit of experimentation and play, with a structure that guides you forward and inward without limiting you. Students typically find it reveals greater clarity and confidence in their work. For examples, go to the link in my profile and scroll to the bottom of the page.😊 . Abstractify is now open for registration until February 15th 2020! For full details and to join us, see the link in my profile. Feel free to ask me any questions, here or at tara@taraleaver.com. . #happyartistmovement #paintingcourse #onlinepaintingcourse #onlineartcourse #onlineartclass #communityovercompetition #abstractifycourse #makearteveryday #arteveryday #artforyoureveryday #makeart #waketomake #creativeprocess #artprocess #doitfortheprocess #artistlife #lifeofanartist #createeveryday #artcommunity - 24 days ago

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Somehow it's the last day of #21daysinmyartworld! Huge thanks to everyone who played along, shared and supported each other. If you'd like to keep the momentum of exploring your art world alongside friends, Abstractify is now open for registration! See link in my profile for more details, including a free sample lesson. It's my most popular course and is the only one I'll be running with live daily support this year. It's also the last time it'll run at the current price, so check it out if you'd like to make your art more 'you' this year.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ•ΊπŸΌ .

Meanwhile, the final prompt for the challenge is 'Big Dream'. I was just thinking about this and realised that I'm already living some of mine. But as my Tai Chi teacher would say, increase is our nature, so the big dream is always evolving. Mine now is to make a full time living from my art. Making, selling, teaching. To weave the strands together in a way that's fulfilling and supports my other dreams. Seems so big and so small at the same time! Looking forward to reading about your big dreams! Thank you again for taking part in the challenge, and may your big dreams be closer than you think.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨
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Somehow it's the last day of #21daysinmyartworld ! Huge thanks to everyone who played along, shared and supported each other. If you'd like to keep the momentum of exploring your art world alongside friends, Abstractify is now open for registration! See link in my profile for more details, including a free sample lesson. It's my most popular course and is the only one I'll be running with live daily support this year. It's also the last time it'll run at the current price, so check it out if you'd like to make your art more 'you' this year.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ•ΊπŸΌ . Meanwhile, the final prompt for the challenge is 'Big Dream'. I was just thinking about this and realised that I'm already living some of mine. But as my Tai Chi teacher would say, increase is our nature, so the big dream is always evolving. Mine now is to make a full time living from my art. Making, selling, teaching. To weave the strands together in a way that's fulfilling and supports my other dreams. Seems so big and so small at the same time! Looking forward to reading about your big dreams! Thank you again for taking part in the challenge, and may your big dreams be closer than you think.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨ . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #ourstudiotime - 27 days ago

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It's the penultimate day of #21daysinmyartworld! {Also, what?!} Today we're sharing a favourite technique. It may not surprise you to know that something I'm enjoying a lot lately is using masking fluid. I use the one by @jacksons_art and you can see in these two quick vids the painting on {old dead brush, and speeded up because it's incredibly slow!}, and the peeling off after it's dried. Deeply satisfying! .

If you've enjoyed diving into your art world these past 3 weeks and would like to continue exploring, Abstractify opens for registration tomorrow! This is the one where we focus on uncovering and developing what's uniquely yours when it comes to your art - beyond copying and being influenced by art you love. It's the only course I'll be running this year with daily feedback and encouragement from me, and this is the last time it's available at the current price. So that's 3 good reasons to check it out.😊 .

See link in my profile for more info. If you signed up for the challenge emails you'll automatically receive the details {plus a little extra gift!}. Any questions let me know! .
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It's the penultimate day of #21daysinmyartworld ! {Also, what?!} Today we're sharing a favourite technique. It may not surprise you to know that something I'm enjoying a lot lately is using masking fluid. I use the one by @jacksons_art and you can see in these two quick vids the painting on {old dead brush, and speeded up because it's incredibly slow!}, and the peeling off after it's dried. Deeply satisfying! . If you've enjoyed diving into your art world these past 3 weeks and would like to continue exploring, Abstractify opens for registration tomorrow! This is the one where we focus on uncovering and developing what's uniquely yours when it comes to your art - beyond copying and being influenced by art you love. It's the only course I'll be running this year with daily feedback and encouragement from me, and this is the last time it's available at the current price. So that's 3 good reasons to check it out.😊 . See link in my profile for more info. If you signed up for the challenge emails you'll automatically receive the details {plus a little extra gift!}. Any questions let me know! . . . . . . . . . #maskingfluid #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #artinprogress #creativeprocess #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #artvideos #mybeautifulmess - 28 days ago

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Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is 'From the Archives'and I'm being a bit lame as instigator of the challenge and only going back 2 years, because that's what's in my phone.πŸ˜† Technically 'archives' could mean last week, so there's no pressure to go too far back if that feels uncomfortable or you haven't been making art that long! It's just fun - and can be quite eye opening - to see where we've come from. .

I actually love this piece. It's from right back at the beginning of the Porthmeor Programme {a year long mentoring course in St Ives}, from a drawing class. We were pushed to think outside the box, and I'm still really excited by the minimalism and 3Dness of what I made. It was about reducing something {in this case the chapel on the island, which we first drew with charcoal} down to its essence. Fantastic exercise and it's reminded me of my fascination with 3D elements and installation work. Our teacher, Peter Skerrett, said that embellishment of a subject is about the work, paring back is about the artist. Something to ponder as we go about our day!
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Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is 'From the Archives'and I'm being a bit lame as instigator of the challenge and only going back 2 years, because that's what's in my phone.πŸ˜† Technically 'archives' could mean last week, so there's no pressure to go too far back if that feels uncomfortable or you haven't been making art that long! It's just fun - and can be quite eye opening - to see where we've come from. . I actually love this piece. It's from right back at the beginning of the Porthmeor Programme {a year long mentoring course in St Ives}, from a drawing class. We were pushed to think outside the box, and I'm still really excited by the minimalism and 3Dness of what I made. It was about reducing something {in this case the chapel on the island, which we first drew with charcoal} down to its essence. Fantastic exercise and it's reminded me of my fascination with 3D elements and installation work. Our teacher, Peter Skerrett, said that embellishment of a subject is about the work, paring back is about the artist. Something to ponder as we go about our day! . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #artpractice #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #artonpaper #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #artgram - 29 days ago

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Oh hi! If you're wondering why the daft photo of me leaping in the studio, it's because today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is Celebrate! And this was the best thing I could think of.πŸ˜† .

I chose this prompt because of how rarely we artists {/humans} seem to celebrate the wonderful things we accomplish. Unless it's something societally sanctioned, like getting a degree, or attaining some obvious tangible goal, like having a solo show, we tend to move on to the next thing, forgetting that what we just did maybe took years, or great effort, to come to fruition. And maybe we don't even need a justification! .

So today I'm celebrating everything that's happened since I decided to put more attention on making and selling my work. Four group exhibitions, some sales, building a new website, a second Instagram account, my work in a bricks and mortar store, the building of a studio, applying to something scary {open studios}, having work specifically chosen for an established gallery, upcoming publications, all the new work I've made. I'm celebrating my perseverance {stubbornness} and courage in reaching out, and I'm even celebrating the rejections, because they prove I'm trying. .

I'm also celebrating you, because we're all in this together, and wherever you are on your artist path, you've definitely done brave things and taken risks. Go us! .
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Oh hi! If you're wondering why the daft photo of me leaping in the studio, it's because today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is Celebrate! And this was the best thing I could think of.πŸ˜† . I chose this prompt because of how rarely we artists {/humans} seem to celebrate the wonderful things we accomplish. Unless it's something societally sanctioned, like getting a degree, or attaining some obvious tangible goal, like having a solo show, we tend to move on to the next thing, forgetting that what we just did maybe took years, or great effort, to come to fruition. And maybe we don't even need a justification! . So today I'm celebrating everything that's happened since I decided to put more attention on making and selling my work. Four group exhibitions, some sales, building a new website, a second Instagram account, my work in a bricks and mortar store, the building of a studio, applying to something scary {open studios}, having work specifically chosen for an established gallery, upcoming publications, all the new work I've made. I'm celebrating my perseverance {stubbornness} and courage in reaching out, and I'm even celebrating the rejections, because they prove I'm trying. . I'm also celebrating you, because we're all in this together, and wherever you are on your artist path, you've definitely done brave things and taken risks. Go us! . . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #creativeprocess #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #abstractpainter #ourstudiotime - 30 days ago

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Following on from yesterday's tiny paintings, today on #21daysinmyartworld we're looking at our largest! This isn't my largest ever but it's the largest I'm currently working on, at 30 x 20 ins. Annoyingly it doesn't photograph well - there are some subtleties the camera hasn't picked up and that you can only see when standing in front of it. .

I have to say I love the idea of that though - of not giving it all away at first glance. I do want my paintings to invite curiosity and a closer look, but am still a  bit of an over sharer. πŸ˜† {And not just in the studio, unfortunately!πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ}
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Following on from yesterday's tiny paintings, today on #21daysinmyartworld we're looking at our largest! This isn't my largest ever but it's the largest I'm currently working on, at 30 x 20 ins. Annoyingly it doesn't photograph well - there are some subtleties the camera hasn't picked up and that you can only see when standing in front of it. . I have to say I love the idea of that though - of not giving it all away at first glance. I do want my paintings to invite curiosity and a closer look, but am still a bit of an over sharer. πŸ˜† {And not just in the studio, unfortunately!πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ} . . . . . . . . . . #paintinginprogress #wip #happyartistmovement #todaysartreport #abstractarts #abstractartorg #artfinder #originalartwork #flaming_abstracts #instartists #artflowsessions #artgram #artprocess #doitfortheprocess #creativeprocess #mybeautifulmess #artsbeautifulx #passioncolorjoy #artistlife #artwork_daily #lifeofanartist #thedailygallery #mystudiotoday #artiststudio #studioscenes #paintingoftheday #createmagazine #dsart #new_and_abstract - 1 month ago

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Hurrah! It's tiny painting day!😊 The prompt today for #21daysinmyartworld is Smallest Painting. While not my smallest ever, {which was about an inch square}, this is the smallest I go these days - just 4 x 4 inches. I find that while smaller might seem like it might be easier, for me it really isn't! So it's a good way to stretch my skills and understanding of what comes more easily to me at larger sizes. Looking forward to seeing the feed fill up with tiny paintings today!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨ .

Red | 4 x 4 in | mixed media on wood panel | unframed | available for sale - DM me for more details .
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Hurrah! It's tiny painting day!😊 The prompt today for #21daysinmyartworld is Smallest Painting. While not my smallest ever, {which was about an inch square}, this is the smallest I go these days - just 4 x 4 inches. I find that while smaller might seem like it might be easier, for me it really isn't! So it's a good way to stretch my skills and understanding of what comes more easily to me at larger sizes. Looking forward to seeing the feed fill up with tiny paintings today!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨ . Red | 4 x 4 in | mixed media on wood panel | unframed | available for sale - DM me for more details . . . . . . . . . . . #tinypainting #originalartwork #artforinteriors #artforhomes #artforthehome #buyartwork #artistincornwall #cornwallartist #collectingart #artwatchers #artworkforsale #livingwithart #contemporaryart #artcollectors #artcurator #artfinder #galleryofnow #artcollector #thedailygallery #happyartistmovement #artinthehome #artcollection #artworkdaily #fillyourwalls #originalart #artadvisor #livewithart #artforyoureveryday #walldecor - 1 month ago

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High fives to everyone who shared sold work yesterday or even offered work for sale! It's not always easy to put your work {or yourself} out there, so I wanted to acknowledge that,  especially as I've noticed quite a few 'firsts' during this round. Go you {us!}!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ•ΊπŸΌ .

Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is 'How I name my paintings'. I wrote a blog post with 23 ideas if you're stuck for one - I'll pop it in story highlights. I have a running list of title ideas that come to me as I'm out in the world doing things - most of my painting titles are one or two words, although I love too when artists use phrases. I like a title that expands on the painting without simply describing or explaining it. I just love anything that makes me think, so I like to offer that back when I can.
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High fives to everyone who shared sold work yesterday or even offered work for sale! It's not always easy to put your work {or yourself} out there, so I wanted to acknowledge that, especially as I've noticed quite a few 'firsts' during this round. Go you {us!}!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ•ΊπŸΌ . Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is 'How I name my paintings'. I wrote a blog post with 23 ideas if you're stuck for one - I'll pop it in story highlights. I have a running list of title ideas that come to me as I'm out in the world doing things - most of my painting titles are one or two words, although I love too when artists use phrases. I like a title that expands on the painting without simply describing or explaining it. I just love anything that makes me think, so I like to offer that back when I can. . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 1 month ago

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Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is Sold. Not everyone wants to or is ready to sell their work, so if that's you this prompt is not compulsory {none of them are!}, although one option is to share something that is for sale. {Also a challenge but good practice if you want to go that way!} .

Some things I've learned: Part of being an artist is learning that it can take time and patience and resilience to keep putting your work out there and have it sell. It's ok to want that, and ok not to. It feels vulnerable but you do get used to it, and the rewards go beyond any financial return. My approach is to view it all as an experiment, and keep the focus on the art, not on what it will bring you or what it 'means' if it doesn't. Always come back to the work and the love. Much more forgiving, and less fraught with unhelpful stories based on past experience or negative beliefs. Just try this, or that, and keep tweaking, keep trying. Persistence always pays off in the end. We just don't get to decide when that is. Our job is simply to keep going.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨ .

This painting, Navigating the Downpour, is my first sale of 2020. Much gratitude to @anjitimlin, a fellow painter, whose home it's gone to live in!
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Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is Sold. Not everyone wants to or is ready to sell their work, so if that's you this prompt is not compulsory {none of them are!}, although one option is to share something that is for sale. {Also a challenge but good practice if you want to go that way!} . Some things I've learned: Part of being an artist is learning that it can take time and patience and resilience to keep putting your work out there and have it sell. It's ok to want that, and ok not to. It feels vulnerable but you do get used to it, and the rewards go beyond any financial return. My approach is to view it all as an experiment, and keep the focus on the art, not on what it will bring you or what it 'means' if it doesn't. Always come back to the work and the love. Much more forgiving, and less fraught with unhelpful stories based on past experience or negative beliefs. Just try this, or that, and keep tweaking, keep trying. Persistence always pays off in the end. We just don't get to decide when that is. Our job is simply to keep going.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨ . This painting, Navigating the Downpour, is my first sale of 2020. Much gratitude to @anjitimlin , a fellow painter, whose home it's gone to live in! . . . . . . . . . . . . #collectingart #artinthehome #artcollection #artforinteriors #artcurator #dsart #fillyourwalls #abstractpainter #originalart #artadvisor #cornerofmyhome #livewithart #artcollectors #artworkoftheday #artforyoureveryday #womenartists #artfinder #interiorinspo #modernpainting #walldecor #myhomevibe #onthewall #interiordecoration #interiorstyle #interiorideas #roomdecor #interiorart #coastalhome - 1 month ago

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Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is Process Insight. If you've followed my work for any length of time, you'll know that for me process is everything. I've learned so much about not just art but life too from the process part of art. .

A finished painting is almost incidental, but also a symbol of what was experienced, learned, and even suffered through, right down to the tiniest nuances and insights. My courses are all process focused, and we always look at that in relation to who you are right now on your artist path. Which inniyswld is a very forgiving process. 😊{And Abstractify is the next one, opening for registration on January 26th, FYI.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨}
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Today's prompt for #21daysinmyartworld is Process Insight. If you've followed my work for any length of time, you'll know that for me process is everything. I've learned so much about not just art but life too from the process part of art. . A finished painting is almost incidental, but also a symbol of what was experienced, learned, and even suffered through, right down to the tiniest nuances and insights. My courses are all process focused, and we always look at that in relation to who you are right now on your artist path. Which inniyswld is a very forgiving process. 😊{And Abstractify is the next one, opening for registration on January 26th, FYI.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨} . . . . . . . . . . . . #happyartistmovement #paintinginprogress #inmystudio #wip #artpractice #studioscenes #mystudiotoday #artwork_in_studio #doitfortheprocess #artprocess #paintingprocess #creativeprocess #ontheeasel #artiststudio #artistlife #lifeofanartist #artwork_daily #homeinthestudio #createeveryday #createmakeshare #artsbeautifulx #mybeautifulmess #wednesdayworkspace #artgram #createmagstudio #abstractpainter #create_mag #ourstudiotime - 1 month ago

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