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Creativity Art Blog

  • Painting in Progress

    "Painting In Progress"

    I started this new painting a couple of weeks ago while at home. I brought the canvas over to work so that I could work on it on my creative day. I have created this from imagination and have been really enjoying painting this. Again I have been using the Amsterdam acrylic paints but this time have managed to avoid using the beautiful Rembrandt Pearlescent acrylic paints (an obsession I have with these paints). I have to admit though my painting has not gone to how I planned it to look but, I am happy with it and have enjoyed creating the foreground of the foxgloves - an impression of them anyway. A palette knife was used for the foxgloves and i splattered on the white highlights from it too., but in a delicate way. I am not sure though wheteher to add in some more of these or not but I think what with my poppies it might be ok. If I go on I may overpaint them, which can be easily done.

    I then somehow found myself beginning to paint a small portion of the sea in the horizon, making it look as if thne tide is coming in; this I am delighted with as I enjoyed painting this with a Rembrandt oil/acrylic brush and just being able to feel the smoothness of the paint and seeing the blue and while blend nicely was very therapeutic. It took time to paint but, feel I have captured the sea well here.  I think it is great that you do not have to restrict yourself to using the one material to paint on with and being able to use different tools to capture different textures. The one part I am not totally happy with is my boat. This I am going to fix as it sticks out like a sore thumb and just does not work with the rest of the painting. I am thinking of possibly going over the horizontal blue line with a more prominent and dark blue and, move the base of the boat up. I welcome your ideas and advice on this if you have any? And do you think I should add more foxgloves in or not?

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    Above from Left; Studio, Close up of foxgloves, Close up of the foreground, painting on easel

    Below; my Amsterdam acrylic paints and my set up in studio


  • Fantasy Art

    Natasha Wescoat colourful horse


    Just stumbled upon this beautiful colourful rainbow horse over on FaceBook. I simply love the design of this painting and the wonderful use of colours.

    This has been been painted by a Fantasy Artist called Natasha Wescoat Other paintings of hers can be found on her Facebook page I have fallen in love with this artists work. Very unique and so different and what a talent to have. Painting below by Natasha is a painting inspired by the film UP. Delightful and quite whimsical looking with beautiful use of colour.

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 !gallery/cdet visit her website where you can see a gallery of her work as well as shopping on her website. One not to be missed.


  • Seascape Paintings

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    I was just going through the News feed on Facebook and found these two beauties. Above a wonderful dazzling seascape by Rachel Mia Allen. Rachel paints with oil inks, oil paint & oil pastels on card and, creates paintings that glow with light, colour, continuing delight and a great sense of space. If you get chance visit her Facebook page and you can view her other paintings on the folloowing

    Below, this tranquil seascape/landscape by John Connolly. Amanda paints in oil and focuses her keen interest on rugged terrain and continually changing light, painting skies and landscapes paying particular attention to detail of light, particularly when it falls on open water. Rarely will you see people in his paintings as John likes to impress a sense of remoteness on the viewer. Have a look at

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  • Landscape

    Landscape in Acrylic

    Recently I have started this new painting. This is a work in progress where  I am trying to be more expressive - but proving difficult as I am a painter of detail but, hopefully as time goes on working on it I will find my hand loosening up that bit more.

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    I love painting landscapes, seascapes and flowers and, thought it would be lovely to experiment a little by being slightly different with my approach however, it is not as easy as I thought it would be to be different in my style of painting. But sometimes it is fun experimenting and trying something new.  I started by painting the sand of a beach but, I am not completely happy with it then, moved on to painting the sky using the Amsterdam acrylic colours; turquoise blue  no.522 and sky blue light no.551 with titanium white no.105 and a little Naples yellow deep no.223 - some of which is mixed in with a little gel medium glossy to add a little bit of texture. I dripped the acrylic paint on from the top of the canvas then went over it with a palette knife creating textures and lovely smooth and sharp shapes. On the beach itself I seem to have created an interesting horizontal line so will try and work with that within the painting itself - just not entirely sure what to do with it. I would like to create expressive flowers in the foreground to add depth to my painting and texture too.

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    Feeling very inspired by the artist Amanda Hoskin. An example of her work is shown below, just indicates how much of an expressive feeling she has created in her foreground of flowers. which is what I would like to achieve but, not entirely sure that I will. Keep watching for the finished painting to be uploaded.


  • Ladybanks Artist on the Platform

    Fife Artist - Kirsty Lorenz

    Recently, we had a family afternoon trip out visiting artists open studios work We were unable to pop in to all 86 venues but, on returning home and going through the open Studios North Fife brochure I found myself researching on some of the artists to find that one of the artists venues, we were very near to while walking around the beautiful village of Ladybank. Kirsty Lorenz is an artist who is extremel well known for her stunning flower paintings and she has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Kirsty Lorenz is based in Ladybank where she renovated the old Victorian Railway Station and made it her studio and runs art classes and workshops from there too. Fresh and delightful that the studio is - to look at that is - seems to be just the perfect setting to have peace to paint away happily.


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    Kirsty paints the most amazing oil paintings of foxgloves, dahlias to daisy chains and has an ongoing project (Daisy Chains). Her project is ongoing and each and every painting is magnificent in the of her use of colour and depth and, also how she captures each flower in such magnificent detail. All of Kirstys' masterpieces are made into greeting cards and tea towels also, so there is the odd gift too which have her designs on them.

    After reading all about the artist and browsing through all her beautiful paintings on her website I became somewhat annoyed that we missed that chance to view her work in her studio but, at least I know the artists' studio is only a 10 minute drive away for any further exhibitions that she may hold in the near future.

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    The Daisy Chain

    Kirstys' long lasting project of the Daisy Chain began from when she had her baby daughter and had seen her making a daisy chain out in their back garden, just like the artist did herself in her childhood, and Kirsty thought to herself how lovely the daisy would a beautiful painting and from there she has produced the most stunning and unique daisy chain paintings - something I have never seen before - and you can see how much hard work has gone in to each and every painting as Kirsty has captured the true essence of the daisy through her use of colour, depth and detail.  You can See just beautiful her paintings are as seen below. Very unique and most inspirational. I keep looking at these wonderful paintings and just keep wanting to go and pick up my brushes and watercolours and get painting myself and having a play around with colour and flowers myself. Love how she has her own space and, what with us planning on taking business back to where we started in Pittenweem and, no longer work from home makes me even more excited for that move to happen as I know we can do something similar but not on such a huge scale as Kirsty. Longing to get painting and allow the feelings deep within me be poured out onto blank canvasses and talk to art lovers.

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    I hope this artists' work inspires you & draws you to pick up your brushes and paints.

    Happy Painting


    God Bless

  • Getting Organised

    Tidy Up and Organise!

    As an artist and crafter I am always creating mess in my small craft space/studio. I do not like mess but, somehow manage to create a lot of it while I craft to my hearts content, handcrafting my own cards or painting onto canvasses with a spread of a rainbow of acrylic paint tubes. So the other week I made a very good start on getting tidied up and becoming more organised in my space to allow me to be drawn into my craft space again so I can get creative again. I think when we see mess in front of us, our minds are messed up because of all the mess we see in front of us. So, as much of a chore as iy can be tidying up and organising our things I decided it was time for me to actually do this myself for I know I will want to get creative using my skills.

    I am really hoping that I can get back in to my space today and organise more of my studio space as Thursdays my husband and two kids go out for a few hours and I like to call this Natalie Time. A time where I can be creative if I feel up to it or just relax reading and enjoying a pot of tea. But, in my head I want to start using some of this precious time to be creative and really draw myself back to painting, something I always found to relax me and release any troubles deep within me. So here is hoping that this afternoon I can do some more tidying up. I know I will feel better once it is all done and seeing it all spick and span and crystal clean will make me want to be in there all the time. Let us see if that really happens.

    Happy painting and Crfating x

  • Bank Holiday

    An Art Afternoon Out

    I hope that everyone had a wonderful blessed Bank Holiday weekend just passed and, got out to enjoy the sunny weather whoever had it. We were out all weekend and had a busy bank holiday weekend. We have not had it warm like it has been down South of 24 degrees but, yesterday it was a treat as it was 18 degrees and lovely to be able to soak up the sun whilst enjoying time the kids.

    On Monday we took ourselves out for the afternoon to the North Fife Open Studios and ventured into the world of art and crafts, which is what my husband and I have a huge passion for - just hardly get the opportunity to get out and view other artists creations.  The joy of the Open Studios is that the artists, designers and craftsmen open up their homes, or other peoples homes, and exhibit their own work for all to view and purchase. there are 90 people now exhibiting during the Open Studios and it runs over the first weekend in May from the Friday til Monday. To read about the Open Studios North Fife you can get all the information you need on the following link

    My husband and I felt very much at "home" walking around the artists homes looking at all their wonderful paintings, woodwork, metalwork, textile work and paintings. I think our kids were surprised at how much they enjoyed themselves too but, when free food is involved they are hardly not going to complain.  The feeling of walking in to an artists home and viewing their work was just homely, comforting, a world of happiness being in our bubble of art and the fact that as husband and wife we got to truly enjoy something we both love and have the same passion for "ART". Drinking cups of tea and eating mini muffins while chatting with the artists was a great delight. getting to know the artist is just as much a joy than it is viewing their work and, just being able to talk "Art" was beautiful with other like minded people.

    We met the lovely John Bonington who specifies in sculpture but, also paints in watercolours and is a photographer too. Lovely friendly man he is and his paintings are amazing. Such great attention to detail in his brushwork and his scenes are just beautiful too. We came away with two free printed cards of his due to giving him some Cobra Oil Samples. You can read about John Bonington and view his beautiful paintings and sculptures on the following link;

    Hand Crafted

    We then met the really lovely Aileen Clarke who does needle-felting creating an array of textile pieces and frames, adds on top of sketchbooks, made into jewellery and gift boxes and has her textile work printed onto mugs and notebooks and greeting cards. I got to really enjoy a chat with her as she was very much on my wavelength with crafts. Her stunning textile creations can be viewed on the following Some of her work is shown below. I simply love how she has incorporated her needle-felting into her jewellery.

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    Then lastly we visited a traditional blacksmith Jim Shears whom designs beautiful metalwork which is all designed and handcrafted by himself. he creates products for your home and garden from gates, railings, fire guards, planters, candelabra, bedsteads and more. We had a metal sign made for hanging outside our shop in Pittenweem where we had our shop name hanging from it. Beautiful unique work.

    As we were at this venue we stumbled upon another designer. This time a furniture maker who creates his furniture out of wood and metal where he creates stunning clocks, mirrors, turned ware, furniture and sculptural forms with glass-work within some of his designs. Leo Norris designs and handcrafts his own work from scratch and any little bits of wood he has left he makes sure he uses it and creates somehow to give as a gift. We bought some gorgeous garden wood labels to write on what vegetables we have growing in our vegetable patch.  You can find Leo Norris work on the following link and read all about him as well as viewing his amazing work.

  • Watercolour Artist - Inspiration


    I came across this beautiful artist Jean Haines, who paints the most eye catching , vibrant and fluid watercolour paintings. There is such grace and excitement in her paintings that each and every painting just pops right out at you.  Jeans use of colour is just magnificent, as well as her use of water - this is the whole purpose of watercolour paints - which creates the spontaneous fluidity of colour in her artworks.

    Below, you can read an article on a previous exhibition she held at the Stockbridge Gallery from last year in July.


    What I simply love about her watercolour paintings is the fact that some do not look finished, almost like a quick watercolour study of her subject.  As an artist myself, one whom does not have time right now to dedicate my time to painting, I have always enjoyed doing tonal sketches and like seeing other artists studies of artwoirk, it has always been something that inspires me to get back into my painting and dabble. Below you can see her paintings that have that unfinished look yet, very realistic, and others that are more of a finished artwork.

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    Great Watercolours

    You can see that Jean paints such a vast array of subjects and I think that is why I like her artwork so much because it allows her watercolour artistic skills show through each and every on of her paintings. Jean haines can certainly capture the concept of watercolour paints through her wet on wet technique and, her use of vibrant colour allows her paintings to really stand out, as well as her techniques used. Love the floating and graceful feeling she captures in her work as well as the realism of her subjects.

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    You can read about the artist and view other artworks by Jean Haines on

    If you are feeling inspired and are looking for some high standard quality watercolours then look no further then here for your half pans, tubes and sets of watercolours and for brushes look just

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  • Seascape

    My Art World

    Every week during my working hours, when there is any spare time - if any - I do some research into the art and craft world and, have the use of the internet I am able to find an array of things involving the art and craft world, with much delight.

    Recently though I have been finding lots of different artists - some new ones and some I already know - and enjoying viewing their artworks and, finding myself inspired more and more all the time. So last week I pulled out a large canvas, my palette knives and acrylic paints - I enjoy using the Amsterdam Acrylics 150ml and, the Rembrandt Acrylic paints too as they have a colours which are pearlescent - and got creative. I did not have a particular subject in mind when I went to the canvas, I felt compelled to apply colour to the canvas and allow the painting to talk to me and show me what to paint. The first stage of my painting was rather lost with colour because I was too excited about painting again so, I stepped back from my canvas and tried to find out what to do next. Below, shows you the first stage of my painting.

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    Pearlesent Acrylic

    When I went back to my painting I eventually decided to turn it into a seascape and define the horizon allowing the sky to truly appear which became  recognisable. I like abstract painting but I am not one for composing a true  abstract painting. I enjoy creating a painting that is realistic when it comes to my acrylic seascapes and landscapes. However, when it comes to using my Rembrandt Watercolours, I find that I actually paint a lot more realistically because it seems easier for me to paint in  more detailed manner. Anyway, now that I have the sea, horizon and skyline in place on canvas I am working on some texture in the sea while using the pearlescent Rembrandt acrylic paints and, using splatters of pearlescent paint in the sky also.  Next I will work on the sky some more and blend my colours slightly and, I plan to do something in the foreground just to lift the whole painting and add interest and a depth to my painting. Please do keep your eye on my progress with this and once completed I would love to know what you think.

    These photos below just show you how I have progressed and, shows you different angles of the painting to see the effect of the colour when highlighted with the light hitting the painting ( the pearlescent paints). With some close ups also and, you see that I have a defined seascape now compared to before.

    Below - this is how the sea waters look on an angle with the light hitting the canvas. You can see the texture created with my palette knife too.

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    I am making slow progress with my canvas but I feel it is coming together nicely. I will hopefully get chance this Friday to start working on the foreground as know what I want to do for it but this might take some more time as, there will be more detail - thats the plan anyway - but not too much. Want to create representation here and pull the whole painting together. Looking forward to picking up my acrylics and palette knives again! ;-)

  • Watercolour Artist

    Ruth S. Harris Artwork

    I came across this exciting watercolour artist the other day and I just had to share her paintings which are full of life, it is almost as if her paintings are dancing. Ruth S.Harris composes vibrant, exciting and inspirational artworks  from flowers, animals, people, landscapes etc. and has had a few of her paintings used for greeting cards.

    Below are just a few examples of her paintings. But you can see more on here.

    Exciting Colours

    The fluidity and vibrant colours just dance away and bring such happiness to each and every painting she has composed. Her portraits are absolutely stunning, she captures the details really well and the compostions themselves are just beautiful, as well as her use of  brushwork and exciting colours.

    GORGEOUS painting of  lilys - above -, really ever so pretty and vibrant.

    The painting of the two girls on the beach just reminds me so much of summer holidays as kid in Elie, Fife, (Scotland) as we went every year and, it also reminds me of holidays in Cornwall, England (UK) too spending lots of fun times on Pol de Cove.

    Looking at this beautiful and graceful watercolour painting of Ruths' Ballerina, just makes me think of my darling daughter Ava, as she is practicing her ballet show routines. her love for dance is immense. Love the movement here in the ballerinas arms.

    Ruth Harris has many beautiful watercolour landscapes on her website and this is just one that I adore. her composition is deloightful as I just adore the windy countryside road. Gorgeous hues of colours too. Makes me realsie just how much I miss painting landscapes myself - I can remember sketching and painting away to my hearts content when a teenager and going out onto location to compose. The countryside is a good place for inspiration and for colour too.

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