“Cud chewing repetitiousness”

"Cud chewing repetitiousness" - I love this quote from Julian BarnesĀ  in his book of essays 'Keeping an eye open'. Julian Barnes is probably referring to the somewhat slack jawed, bovine and just plain unthoughtful art that can be painted by the metre, especially by...

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The colour changing square optical illusion

Here's an optical illusion that has a real effect on the way artists paint. It's the colour changing square illusion. Hint: the square doesn't actually change colour. What happens is that the background changes and the square appears lighter on a dark background and...

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Is the internet driving the art gallery boom?

The Internet has encouraged the public's appetite for visiting galleries and viewing original art, says Steven Murphy, who should know as he used to be in charge of the international side of Christies In an article in CNN he says: Similarly, museum and gallery...

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Finished painting: Winter sunshine, beach and mountains

This painting reminds me how much a painting can change during its creation. It went through several stages and at one time it looked like this: But several iterations later it looks radically different. Mountains appeared, people disappeared and reappeared in a...

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New painting: moonlight on the moors

An imagined moonlit landscape. The moors painted here are based on memories of the pennines. I've added moonlight reflections onto the water in the foreground. Basically this painting is an excuse to use lots of deep lustrous ultramarine blue. I'm working on more...

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Artist Marketing Tips for 2018

Here's my artist marketing tips, a summary of what I've learned about selling art over the last few months. I don't consider myself an expert but I have spent a look know time learning from my mistakes, so there's a chance that I have accidentally stumbled on a few...

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Life drawing practice

You hear a lot about mindfulness in the media. Lifestyle magazines articles, mindfulness TV programmes and even mindfulness apps are everywhere. For me, life drawing is the ultimate mindfulness activity - with no expensive apps or coffee table books required - just a...

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Colour ‘value’ and what it means

Artists often talk about the colour value and what it means. Put simply the value of a colour is its lightness or darkness as affected by the light (or lack of light) shining directly on it. Instinctively we think we know how different a colour can look under...

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How I became an artist

I'm often asked how I became an artist, so here's my story. I was always encouraged to draw and paint by my parents, especially by my father, George Pott, who is also a very accomplished painter. So our house was always full of paper, paint, pencils and a huge library...

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