29 October 2017
“Encaustic is very flexible,” says Jo Sheppard, “layers can be built up, you can pour, flick, splat, introduce collage, encapsulate images. The possibilities are endless and for this...
15 September 2017
“Colour mixing has always been a passion,” says Lesley Brooks. “Sometimes a bold gesture or a sensitive brushstroke can yield an amazing outcome.”
30 August 2017
A Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (FRBS), John Sydney Carter's sculptures can be seen in the cities of Leicester and Cambridge. An affinity to the coast, the sea, sailing, birds and fish are all central to his work; Joan Stephens looks at his career
28 July 2017
"I am very much an instinctual painter working with my gut feelings," says Louise Ellerington. "How I feel about each mark I make is paramount to what stays and what goes..."
2 April 2017
I reassess and rework constantly, adding layers. I’m often asked how I 'manage not to smudge it' - I smudge it deliberately and my hands are black when I finish working. . . .
25 October 2016
One of my proudest moments was meeting Claudio Ranieri and having him sign my portrait of him. This year has been amazing for Leicester and I am making portraits of people and buildings in the city.
6 September 2016
"The feeling of escape, the solitude of being next to the sea in the open air for the day whatever the weather is essential to my way of working. There is no other feeling that comes close to being in the open air and painting on the spot."
26 July 2016
"Seeing, thinking, drawing. Constantly discovering new ways to do these three things. I do a lot of drawing and re-drawing. I sometimes start with a doodle, letting my mind wander. I'm looking for an unusual composition or something with a bit of an edge .. "
10 April 2016
"I like to lose my self in a wide range of music while I work," says Peter Clayton – it helps me become more intuitive, I think, and not overwork things. . . .
13 March 2016
I discovered the joy of working with wood at the Coach House, Community Craft Centre . . . I had just gone to repair a little cupboard, but seeing the lathes and band-saws, I immediately began wondering how I could combine my painting with wood-working?...and that was it!
1 February 2016
"I began to explore notions of wearing out and holding together", says Gillian Adair McFarland. "I feel we treasure things most at the point we are about to lose them in pushing grounds to their limits, ideas about conservation and preservation emerge." . . .
17 November 2015
"I started to look at the abstract quality of skies more closely and to experiment freely with the wonderful shapes and variety of edges in cloud formations," says Christopher Bent. . . .
16 September 2015
"Art and craft is really a whole series of problems to be dealt with and resolved, says Carl Swanson. I keep my ideas open, looking from different angles, and finding a ways around things to work to a theme". . . .
12 July 2015
"A combination of believing in myself and achieving goals and receiving recognition from others, has meant that I’m determined to continue doing what I do and to do it as well as I can", says Jane French . . .
7 May 2015
"Nature is my fascination and my fear. I love its genius, and beauty but fear the increasing unbalances that we cause," says Deborah Bird . . . .
1 March 2015
"Drawing and looking, which are the same thing in my opinion," says John Barradell . . .
8 January 2015
Jo Sheppard is a professional fine artist. She trained as a teacher and taught art & design in secondary schools until she took a career break . . .