New Mini Paintings!

It’s getting colder out there, and sometimes thanks to lack of indoor heating it can get quite chilly at the easel. The sun goes down much earlier, and when you don’t want to get paint on your dressing gown, mini paintings are the perfect solution! I thought I’d share with you a few of the…

Inspiring Space Painters

I probably spend a bit too much time thinking about the stars, wishing I could see more of them from light-polluted skies, and wishing I could understand the complicated physics a little better. Space has been inspiring everyone for centuries, whether it’s small children learning of the planets and the Sun to budding astronomers collecting…

How To Support Living Artists At Christmas

In my previous blog post, I talked about how you can support living artists, independent artists, the handmakers, the small local businesses. In this blog I’m going to talk more about this subject, but with relevance to everyone’s favourite holiday. Of course I’m talking about Christmas, and Christmas is an especially busy time for us….

Painting Wagtails In Valletta

I don’t get out and paint in Malta as much as I’d like. So when the opportunity arose to do some plein air painting in the beautiful November weather, I jumped at the chance. An event organised by Bird Life Malta, Wings Over Valletta was set up to celebrate the white wagtail, a migratory bird…

Cosmic Thoughts – Blooms

If you’ve been following this blog you’ll have seen the slow but steady progress being made on my latest Cosmic painting. and in between poor weather, a busy work schedule and of course the in-between-layers-drying time, I can finally call this one finished. “Cosmic Blooms” is of course inspired by the fragile beauty of the Japanese…

How To Support Living Artists

Most of us are all too happy to pay for reproductions of our favourite paintings, to search for unique pieces of merchandise in museums or shops or to find that perfect classical painting print that matches your wall colour. So why then is it so much more difficult for living artists? Of course, I can’t…

A Million Sunrises

It’s not always easy to find time to create. Whether it’s finding time in your head, or time on paper, it’s that often-elusive, never-enough-of-it outlook that holds us back from creating, more than the limited time itself. Taking time out to get creative is important, and it doesn’t necessarily mean painting either. Perhaps it’s planning…

Five Inspiring Autumn Destinations

We rarely get to travel as much as we’d like, and even rarer still is being at our own liberty to decide on when to travel. Affordable flights, availability of accommodation, working hours and other commitments can all us from being able to travel where and when we want. I’ve typically travelled during the summer…

Autumn Is Good For The Artist

Autumn is definitely my favourite season. There’s so much potential in the colours, and everything’s so fleeting. There’s that beautiful moment of calm before Winter sets in. In Malta, Autumn doesn’t really exist. The trees have no need to shed their leaves to protect their chlorophyll from frost (the temperature very rarely drops below 5…

Why Do You Create Art?

“Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies, we devour novels films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say humans are “wired” for story. But why?” – Jonathan Gottschall Why do humans create art?…