Jar with dirty paint water and dried flakes when left in pipes


Protect The Environment And Don't Pour Acrylic Paint Down The Drain

I love acrylic paint as a medium. It's vibrant and flexible enough for different techniques. Acrylic though is plastic paint. When we paint with acrylics, we rinse our brushes in a tub of water. Each time we rinse, we deposit acrylic particles in the water . If you pour all this down the drain, gradually over time there will be a build up of acrylic sludge. It's not good for your drain and it's definitely not good for the environment.

So how do I dispose of waste acrylic responsibly?

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Experimenting with book making and collage

 

Having Fun Experimenting With Different Art Techniques

I'm a painter first and foremost, but when I can, I take the opportunity to go on a workshop by an artist working in a different medium. Not necessarily because I want to work in that way, but to open my eyes to new possibilities in my own work, a sort of cross pollination of ideas and techniques.

Whether I incorporate what I have learnt into my own practice or not, I always enjoy the sharing with others in the creative process. Normally I'm tucked away in my own studio painting away. That is not to say that I don't enjoy the solitude. I love it. I get so immersed in what I'm doing that I'm not aware of working alone.

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Pen and Ink sketch of peace lilies wilting and revived

 

I'm writing this blog because there is a silent group out there who have daily struggles that others are completely unaware of. I don't often talk about my "disability" because it puts me in a box, but very occasionally I feel the need to shout it from the roof tops.

Frustration plays a huge part in living with ME and my quick pen and ink sketch says it all. I am in a constant loop of wilt and recharge. ME stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis , otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I also have Fibromyalgia which for the most part is controlled with strong painkillers. ME though..... that's a different story. There's not much that can be done when your brain muddles and your body just wants to flop!

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Sketch book and microscope creating ideas


During the World of Work Exhibition March/April 2016 at the Workers Gallery and Workshops in Ynyshir, South Wales I held two drop in artist residencies. The purpose was to just be there to answer questions about my work and show how my art was taking another turn from my studies of the microscopic.

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At the computer learning with How To books

 

Sometimes I wonder how much more I need to learn. In the grand scheme of things, I actually love learning, though nowadays with M.E. it takes me much longer and I make lots more notes! My website is a classic example.

In another world, I would love to just hire a talented web designer to create a beautiful arty site for me and maintain all the behind the scenes stuff that needs to be maintained. But... and I'm sure this is a but for others too, it is expensive and beyond my price range. That doesn't mean that I don't admire their work. Web designers, like artists need to make a living, so I appreciate the prices they charge are comparable to the time and care I put in to my paintings.

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Donated paintings for Twitter Art Exhibitions

 

Twitter Art Exhibition 2016 Charitable Art Donations For Great Causes

It's time to come out of my shell and reconnect with the world, and for once, the sun is shining! There comes a point when I get fed up of being poorly, and even though I still am, I can somehow handle it better when the sun shines.

It's rained almost every day since the middle of October and it is now past the middle of January. I know because work on our extension stopped, leaving me with precarious planks to walk across to get to my studio. Whilst my "creative" mind was taking a break, I used the time to reorganise my records. It's surprising just how quickly files and images become a jumbled, tangled, digital mass of bits and bytes.

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Art in Progress from Microscope Studies

 

When Science Meets Art The Possibilities Are Endless

My love of science at school paralleled my love of art. Flowers have always been a source of inspiration for me, and now I can zoom in far beyond what the eye can see. I have a microscope! But it’s not quite as straight forward as that, so I am in the process of learning a new skill (making specimen slides) in order to take my nature paintings to another level.

The possibilities seem endless and go far beyond plant life. I am embarking on a new journey that will most likely keep me inspired for the rest of my life. My initial intention is to create a reality that for all intents and purposes appears abstract, until the viewer realises that it is a true representation of what the eye cannot normally see.

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Miniature paintings Artist Trading Cards

 

 Art Cards, Editions and Originals are miniature art. Fun to do and a challenge if you are used to painting big! They are also known as Artist Trading Cards.

Artist Trading Cards were originally used in the old days by artists to give to prospective customers, a bit like the business cards of today, except they were miniature originals. Nowadays, Artist Trading Cards tend to be swapped amongst artists, or still given to prospective clients as small gifts. There is one rule, they must measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

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