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…

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?…

The Art Of Waiting

Unless you’re exceptionally lucky, you have to rely on other people to get your art out there. What I mean by this is that you can’t fly solo. You can’t just lock yourself up in your studio, paint all day and hope it will sell. You have to rely on a wide scope of people…

Why Paintings Fail

A painting is like an investment. Sometimes, your investment pays off, landing you wealth, happiness and a tidy sum for the future, and sometimes, it doesn’t. Whether its down to a bad decision, an unstable market, or perhaps just bad luck, you can’t always predict whether your investment is a ‘sure thing’. It’s exactly the…

Birds, Birds, Birds!

Dinosaurs in drag. That’s effectively what birds are. The scaly-legged, scaled-down and more decorative great-great-great-great grandchildren of the dinosaurs. Whether you believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs or not (but you really, really should), it’s hard not to be fascinated by these animals. Whilst some people are terrified of birds to the point of hysterics…

Art for Conservation

As a child, and I confess even as an adult, it is the work of people such as David Attenborough and Jane Goodall that warm my south, and inspire me to believe that there is good in this world, and we are making positive steps towards change. In the face of climate change, globalisation, war…

What Do The Paintings Of Lascaux and Guernica Share?

In the quiet village of Montignac, in the Dordogne region of France, stands one of the world’s finest examples of cave art, and in my opinion, one of the greatest artistic achievements ever. This complex network, like all prehistoric art, represents a great evolutionary leap into modern intelligence, known as ‘The Transition’. Lascaux was discovered…

Reading Too Much Into Malevich?

I’m still coming to terms with abstract art and how it seems to dominate the art world. I have feelings of contempt for artists like Malevich and Rothko, perhaps because I am slightly envious if the ridiculous sums of money these paintings sell for (put them all together and you could probably pay of the…

Black, White & Colour

We’re all (hopefully) familiar with the colour wheel; we’ve been taught how to use it, and how not to use it, and learned what colours compliment, and which don’t work so well. Whilst I am a huge fan of bright, bold primary colours and using vivid yet limited colour palettes, I get the feeling that…

World Rhino Day and a Dangerous Realisation

Today is #worldrhinoday 2014 was a year when the countless foundations, conservationists and individuals fought hard. The poachers fought just as hard. The Bad News: Each day, on average, three African rhinos are killed for their horns. The Good News: Despite the slaughter, rhino numbers worldwide are actually increasing … thanks to the International Rhino…