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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Painting my home patch

I suppose every painter has a home patch, a part of the country that they call home, that they are completely familiar with. Mine is the part if the west Pennines moors near Horwich. I know this part of Lancashire very well, having been Born just a few miles away in...

Painting the lake district

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