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Decorating for art with Farrow & Ball
This month Farrow & Ball have kindly agree to collaborate with me, sending some ideas and advice on decorating with
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Choosing Art for others
  I hardly dare write that Christmas is around the corner, but the cards now glitter across the aisles in
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Commissioning a portrait
Commissioning a portrait I’m often asked questions about the process of commissioning a portrait or artwork, so thought I’d go
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Racehorses and business workshop
It’s been a very busy few months – I’ve finished a series of racehorse portraits, and am finally able to
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Studio makeover
  The studio, before and after I’ve been in my studio for over a decade, and I’m aware of how
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Collies and commissions
  My latest work ‘In a twist’ This elephant measures 40x50cm He is available for sale £1500 My website is
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Art – the ultimate christmas gift.
  Limited Edition Giclée Prints The perfect presents for men, those who ‘have everything’ or a just hard to find
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What to say to an artist
At the many private views, exhibitions and fairs I’ve been to over the years, I often find people are at
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Pubs and dogs.
It’s all about Labs I’m in the fortunate position of having a long list of commissions to do at the
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Art competitions
Submission and rejection There’s been a fair amount of discussion in the art world about the validity of various ‘open’
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David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year predictions
I dropped my elephant off at the Mall Galleries today, in the company of some very impressive looking pieces arriving
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Getting it right
One of the most common questions I’m asked is “how long does it take?” So, I thought I’d quickly run
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Grrrr…
Grrrr This is meant to be my quiet time of year, when I can footle about faffing about working online in
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Aladdins Cave
Russell-Cotes Museum Finding myself at a loose end over half term I booked myself and the kids into a hotel
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Cover girl!
Magazine cover I was so honoured to have my image of Ivy Leaping selected as the front cover of ‘Paint’
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Society of Equine artists
So this is for a bit of fun, but the Society of Equine Artists has opened its annual exhibtion this
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Horses for courses
Equine Art Summer is fading, and the kids are about to start back at school, including my youngest in her
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Farewell, faithful friend
The time has come.. I have to replace my old easel. I first picked him up in Florence, part of
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How to dress as an artist.
What to wear? I cannot claim any expertise in fashion world, but it is something I struggle with before every
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Finding the creative spark
What makes an artist ‘talented’? I recently watched this Ted talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the bestseller ‘Eat,
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Opening my studio
Henley Arts Trail 2015 The doors opened on Saturday morning and a sure but steady trickle of visitors flowed through
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How and where to buy art
Buying art can be daunting for many people, so here are some suggestions! Visit the artist Painting is a solitary
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The legend of Aonbarr
The inspiration and story of Aonbarr This image I created, in charcoal and wash on paper, has taken me by
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BBC radio interview & Scotland
Easter in Aberdeenshire My favourite tree I’m up staying with parents in Aberdeenshire at the moment, in wall to wall
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As the winter drags on…
How to survive January & February Such a grim time of year to be an artist, especially if you are
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drawing to a close…
The past year Christmas is nearly upon us and I have been reflecting a bit on the past twelve months. 2014
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Trade Fairs – are they worth the hassle?
As I’m sure you know, if you read this blog, (I have been drumming it into your heads for what
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Never stand still.
Some months I feel as though I am on a treadmill set at high speed. Work, kids, puppies, exhibitions trade
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