The Accidental Artist

Welcome to my Gallery ❤️

It was never my intention to become a paid artist. In fact, at school, I was told NOT to take art as an O-Level by my Art Teacher as my work was “…rubbish and would never amount to anything…”

Thanks to a chance conversation with my coaching friend Sarah Veall, and an awesome teacher, Jo Esson of Lucky Lobster Art – I shall be forever grateful to you both! 🥰 – it’s only been a few months and I have already sold several paintings and have been given my first commission 🙏

The big realisation for me is that painting is a great metaphor for dealing with life, the beliefs we hold about ourselves and discovering new strategies and techniques that help us develop as the awesome people we are.

This gallery is a snapshot of my newfound love of painting, reflections and realisations along my journey to becoming… The Accidental Artist.

(Note: All paintings are available for purchase except where indicated as “SOLD”)

“Believe in yourself and your abilities, because you ARE truly powerful when you put your mind to something. Be creative. Be expressive. Be adventurous. Be your own kind of awesome!”

Raising For Charity

In August 2020, my best friend was diagnosed as having Myeloma, a cancer that affects the bone marrow.

While there is a lot of awareness and publicity over other forms of cancer, there is not so much known about this one.

There are various treatments currently offered, but as yet, there is no cure.

Any money raised from the sale of my paintings or donated using the button below will be given to Myeloma UK towards funding research to find a cure.

 

Current Target: £1,500

Amount raised to date:

£490

(and to those of you who have purchased one of my paintings or made a donation, a very special thank you!)

Feeling Zen

Feeling Zen

This week I wanted to do something simple, colourful and relaxing and something which has meaning to me. Tuning into my heart centre and going with my intuition led to this piece… “Feeling Zen” Sometimes the simplest things can be the most powerful. We have a tendency...

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Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers

For my first painting back in the New Year I wanted to do something which reminded me of the warmer times which are coming and so I’ve done an abstract wildflower meadow. I’ve also let go of my usual detail and gone heavy with the texture (it will probably take a few...

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Ethereal Moon

Ethereal Moon

This week, we are heading into the magical… It was all about creating something in the fantasy realm. Lovely if Ethereal Moon landscape or “When Worlds Collide?” 🤣 That’s open to your interpretation! … as is everything in life. We take the information around us in...

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Christmas Robin

Christmas Robin

So I guess that this week it had to be a Christmas related one 😊 A well-fed Robin, sitting on a sturdy branch (well, it had to be sturdy!) - something most of us associate with Winter and Christmas. When preparing for a painting, I like to do a bit of research. When...

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Quizzical Otter

Quizzical Otter

This week is a quick one… I love otters! Otters have always intrigued me with their quizzical nature, playfulness and the way they float on their backs with the young asleep on their tummy!  Let’s face it, most animals play way more than we do. They don’t drive to...

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All-Weather Golfer

All-Weather Golfer

This week I decided to try my hand at something different. If you’ve been following my journey you will know that I’ve been learning different techniques with paints and brushwork, as well as using photos and images as references. This week was about taking what I...

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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

This weeks painting is a Red Squirrel. This is now becoming a process for me… Paint something, reflect on it and then post about it. Processes make things easier. Sometimes my posts are about different techniques. Sometimes my posts are about using the same techniques...

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Cattitude

Cattitude

Meet the cat with attitude! This isn't the first time I've painted a cat, and it's not the first time I've used tones to create dimension in the painting. It's definitely the first time I've painted on black paper. One of the main things I'm loving about my painting...

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Pop-Art Marilyn

Pop-Art Marilyn

Today’s painting is a pop-art approach to the 50’s icon Marilyn Monroe. It's great to be able to express yourself in a completely different way. Not only with the style of acrylics but also using newspaper as the base to paint on (and boy, is it different from...

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Black Dog

Black Dog

Today’s painting is of a dog. Not hard to see the like this if you look carefully 😉 This is one of my go it alone paintings, where I decided to paint a different animal. I might well have reverted to my preferred style of dry painting layers, but this approach is...

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Autumn Hills

Autumn Hills

Today’s painting goes back to the great outdoors and fitting autumnal colours. Layered acrylics put on dry to give the subtle shifts in colour to give depth and then some light pen work on the house to suggest detail. This felt more comfortable and natural to me this...

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Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Today’s painting is an expression of a Canada Goose. I found myself falling into what is becoming a comfortable style for me - dry brushing to build layers of colour to create differences in skin and fur texture. That's something that we tend to do in life too. The...

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Sunset Elephant

Sunset Elephant

How do you draw an elephant? One line at a time! Today’s painting… African sunset, elephants, striking colours… what’s not to love? This was my first elephant, and I love the way we reversed the image, with the background becoming the foreground within the elephant....

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Curious Chimp

Curious Chimp

In today’s painting, we are back to greys and tones using mixed media - charcoal over acrylic. I still find it amazing to create an image using limited resources, and yet still have a profound effect on the final painting. But then you don't need to use a full pallet...

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Winter Robin

Winter Robin

Today’s painting is slightly different. It’s still following the theme of “In The Wild” but it’s one I did on my own for a special friend because she loves Robins. You see, last year, she was diagnosed with Myeloma, which is a cancer of the bone marrow. While there is...

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Forest Deer

Forest Deer

This term of the painting lessons is all about “In The Wild”. For the first one, we had to work with layering light washes to create the mood of the painting and then used the power of silhouette to contrast the stag against the trees fading into the misty distance....

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Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger

Can you help? This week I’m looking for some help in naming Tiger. He has character. He has a personality. He deserves a name. One of the things I have learned through the last few months is that I have been putting part of my personality into my paintings. Some see...

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River Adventure

River Adventure

This weeks painting is heading towards Impressionism. I was looking to reduce the detail I’ve used in previous paintings, whilst allowing the mind of the person viewing the painting to fill in the detail for themselves. This has been quite difficult for me to get my...

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Pop Goes The Beatles

Pop Goes The Beatles

The painting lessons are on a break for a few weeks, so I’ve gone a bit ‘off-piste’ stretching my comfort zone again this week with a go-it-alone painting. I’ve always been fascinated with the pop art world of Andy Warhol, where artistic expression meets advertising...

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Smoking Man

Smoking Man

Still on the theme of portraits, today’s painting is of a young man smoking a pipe. This was also a study just using black and white acrylic paint and improving on techniques we have used in previous lessons. We learn and improve through a mixture of repetition and...

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Inquisitive Horse

Inquisitive Horse

This weeks painting is my first portrait of a horse. I’ve always had a love for all animals, and my appreciation of their beauty has grown because of my painting journey. I’m more aware of the details in their shapes and features than I used to be now that I’m looking...

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Two Tone Man

Two Tone Man

Today’s painting is a study in tones using just 2 colours and a pen. It’s interesting how your perspective changes when you only have limited resources to work. Pay more attention to the lighting, to the shade, to the textures, and you find workarounds to create an...

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40 Shades of Grey

40 Shades of Grey

This week's painting is another portrait, this time in black, white and greys, focused on creating detail through the use of shadows of varying intensities. Every reference picture I have looked at before starting to paint has given me something to think about as the...

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Miss Tones

Miss Tones

My second portrait was a study in the abstract, using darker colours to represent different levels of shadow.   It's a great metaphor for life.   Sometimes we look at things in a certain way... the way we are used to seeing them, the way we always have. Yet taking a...

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Meet Bob Marley

Meet Bob Marley

Are you constantly looking to improve? We get better at things by practising, tweaking, improving every time we do something. This has been true of my painting journey since I started - the complete fear I felt initially, never having picked up a paintbrush (other...

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Barrow Bridge

Barrow Bridge

Do you look at alternatives? As my father used to say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” But there is another one “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!” Personal growth comes from expanding your comfort zone, so it’s very...

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Poppies

Poppies

Ooooooh so MASSIVE resistance to putting this one up 😱 Sometimes things don’t go as we expect them to, our expectations of the outcome outweighing what we achieve. In everything, there is a lesson. I could have chosen not to post this painting, but it is also a part...

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March Hare

March Hare

Are you getting in your own way of progress? When I started my painting journey, I had no confidence in my ability. At school, I had been told I would never be good at art, so I had never really tried to express my creativity in this way. Each week when we are...

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Snow Cat

Snow Cat

If you've been following my painting journey, here is another one for you... What struck me with this one is the resistance I had to paint something I perceived as difficult... and what I let go of to give it a go anyway! We are often all too quick to dismiss...

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Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

Last week I shared my painting of a Swan, as an example that it is never too late to try something if you have the courage to give it a go. In a conversation today, I was reminded how vulnerability and being prepared to be vulnerable is actually a GOOD thing, as it...

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Swan Reflections

Swan Reflections

I didn't do art at school... I never thought I was good enough. I've always been fascinated with different artists though, especially van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Munch. I recently signed up for some online art classes and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The...

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