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…

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?…

Space Unites The World: Celebrate World Space Week

For people like me obsessed with the stars, it’s an important week. October 4th to 10th is World Space Week. What’s it all about? “The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment…

Cosmic Thoughts – Lago Grey

There are just a few places in the world adequately free from light pollution as to be able to enjoy the full beauty of the stars. Not one or two specs, not the brightest constellations, but to be able to see the vastness of our arm of the Milky Way, wrapping around the black blanket…

The Inspiration of Mountains

Painting what you love can be the easiest and hardest thing in the world. My paintings are more often than not inspired by great landscapes in far-flung corners of the world, or foreign species far from home. So it can often be hard to get true inspiration, that is not from a photo or a…

30 Painting Tips To Keep You At The Easel

Do you find yourself getting stuck on a colour? Are you scratching your head as to why that particular painting didn’t work? Well I’ve been there, and I’ve found that getting the hang of a few basic tips and tricks really helps settle the artistic nerves, and can help make you a more confident and…