Finding new inspirations, even at this late stage in my course

I love being a visual person. Learning to paint has been a pleasure from the very start. Yes, sometimes it’s heart-wrenchingly difficult, and often uncomfortable, especially when you are reticent to share your work in public and open yourself up to criticism ( yes … I know … it makes no sense to choose to be a painter !). Still, the positives FAR outweigh the negatives.

Research is a pleasure. In all my years of being a glass artist, I have always strived to plough my own furrow and pay no attention to other people’s work for fear of accidentally stepping on someone else’s toes.  College has changed all that. We are actively encouraged to research other artists, mediums  and techniques.

Letting the work of others fill my head is just wonderful ! I am (slowly) developing my voice as an artist. It doesn’t happen over night. It comes in little flashes of inspiration, or from mistakes and dark times, but it does eventually begin to develop.

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Something I’ve been working on recently

In researching my latest paintings for our Astound exhibition, I have stumbled across this fabulous landscape / abstract painter from Cornwall.

His name is Steve Slimm and he’s been exhibiting since 1979 … why have I never heard of him until now ?!

I feel that he kind of ‘speaks my language’ … I love his use of colour, light and texture. Something I aspire to ! Here’s some of his work … I’m afraid there weren’t any titles on his website, so I’ll leave a link to his page and a bunch of his artworks for you to look at … gorgeous !!!

Steve Slimm

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