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It’s been a long, cold winter this last one past and as a result too cold to really use my studio space. I’m hoping to insulate it this summer so it shouldn’t be as much of an issue next year but this year it became a bit of a dumping ground for things that I needed to clear out. We’ve had some sunshine this week and the air has been warmer. Spring is a wonderful time to have a clean and clear out so when the spring cleaning bug hit I jumped at the chance.

As you can see before hand it was a mess of WiPs and junk, much of which I needed to throw out; old materials I have no use for and general rubbish, especially leaves that had blown in from the garden.

I was expecting the studio to take far longer than it actually did to clean. I have been trying to do fifteen minute clear outs this spring to keep the effort short and sweet before taking a quick break and continuing. There were also a few bags of materials I had been using over the winter in the house that needed to be put away in there. Here’s the result:

It’s light, uncluttered and inspiring once again! The plan over summer is to insulate the walls with panels and insulation fibre, then paint the white so that light will carry around it better, both natural and from my lamp. I’m so happy to have my creative area back ready for the warmer, brighter weather and all of the inspiration it will bring.

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Having spent so long lately using my travel journals and art kit it’s been a while since I really played in my studio journals/sketchbooks. I’ve been making a concerted effort to fill all of my started books including my dedicated studio ones.

When I paint I’ve been adding media to these pages to both use up existing paint so it doesn’t go to waste and create some interesting experiments in mark making, shape, colour and composition:

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This is a set of watercolour abstracts. The first two are just watercolour and experimenting with masking fluid in different ways to create different effects. The third also used masking fluid along with oil pastels to add areas of different marks while the fourth used no masking fluid, instead concentrating on the pastels for the shapes and interest. All were done on watercolour paper and are available for sale:

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It has been time to revisit and finish some of the dreaded WiPs. City roots is an acrylic on acrylic board piece with plenty of layers and colour that speaks to me of the need to recognise and coexist with nature despite the development humans press on the world. We put down our own roots with what we build and the lives we lead as surely as nature does. This piece is available for sale.

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I love these three abstract experiments all working with the same techniques and starting point. They took a life of their own so I just went with it to see what would happen. They’re all acrylic on canvas though the first one has areas of gloss varnish too and the third some oil pastel thrown in. All three are available for sale:

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Free play with the (13.1 – 13.3) experiments and getting messy with them then had me working on a few other small watercolours in my travel sketchbooks, also abstracts but more controlled:

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Three abstract stamping experiments; the first was stamping into thick paint layers, the second stamping to create a composition and then adding thin layers of paint over the top and the third using stamps to create a composition and painting up from that:

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