Fine Art - what, how and even… why

Welcome to my fine art blog, written by myself, a practicing professional fine artist, inbetween painting, making prints and all the rest of what an artist does.

Hence there's not a lot here at the moment. I'm also only just starting to develop this blog – it's a relatively new addition to my website. I hope what is here is of value.

Three kinds of print you're most likely to find for sale

Updated: July 2018

Hopefully an easy to understand guide to the most common different kinds of print that are offered for sale. Includes questions to ask in order to be sure which kind of print you're looking at if in doubt, and a little bit about hand made and machine made art prints.

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A modern landscape artist's fine art space

Updated: September 2017

A bit about what I'm doing to rebuild my art practice after a ‘temporary’ pause which ended up being several years. These unavoidable set-backs life throws at us can be an opportunity however, and I describe the practical steps I've taken recently to get productive again, as a result of taking a fresh look at my creative space (artist studio).

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Some of my fineart

What is Fine Art?

Fine art is said to be: “Paintings and prints made primarily as an artistic and intellectual exercise, that are judged for their beauty and meaningfulness”.

What that means in plain English: someone thinks through very carefully what they're doing when making something they hope others will enjoy looking at and even telling stories about.

Art is about stories really. I always think of my art in terms of its story. A piece of art's story can be about why something is lovely and precious, or about what's important for example. It can be a very simple one-line story or something more complicated. Though words like 'intellectual' are used, it's not about thinking clever things (that's what philosophers do), it's about paying close attention and especially to solving the problem of making something which tells the story you think it should tell without words.

Of course, an artwork's story changes once the artist has finished it. Other people begin telling their own stories about the art and that's the best of all. Like someone who owns my 'Bedtime Stories' print explains it by saying it's of the annual fireworks display. I've never seen the Whitby firework display so when I made it, it was just the night sky. Then there's my 'Coast' linoprint which someone has pinned on Pinterest with the caption "Looks like the Central Coast near Hearst Castle after the rainy season". I've never been to California so my story about making it involves somewhere else entirely. I love hearing these other stories attaching themselves to my art. It's as it should be.