Which way to sell – galleries or online

Todays blog is a video. I hope you will enjoy this format, there’s not much to see, just me talking, you can put it on and just listen while you do something else if you like. It is about the decision whether to sell online or through...

Learning from others and making it your own.

In my last blog I talked about taking the envy that you feel for other artists’ work and converting it into something positive that enriches your own endeavours. In this short blog today, I thought I would give you an example from my own experience to illustrate what I was talking about. In the early nineties, I was struggling to find my style and to improve my technique. I was finally having some success and making a few sales here and there. My watercolour technique, in particular, had reached a stage that I was happy with and I was producing paintings like Talkin’ Pigs and Pie and Chips: paintings of people going about their daily lives. My oil painting however was another story. I just couldn’t get the same quality in my brushwork, no matter how hard I tried and then I was lucky enough to have a chance encounter with an artist by the name of Lawrie Williamson. At the time I was in my early thirties and Lawrie would have been of a similar age to me now. I greatly admired Lawrie’s work. There was something about the way that his figures emerged from their environments with such an economy of technique: an understatement that gave you just enough information to establish their characters, like in this picture The Lay Preacher. I was lucky enough to be able to watch Lawrie at work one day, as he painted my portrait. Unlike most portrait painters, myself included, who set up their easels to face their subject, Lawrie on the other hand faced the canvas away from me and...

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