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The Feminist Artists Gave Us A Voice

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This piece is about the fears many women have about using their voice and saying what they believe in.   I'd been studying 'The Feminist Art' movement of the late 1960s and was inspired by the strength and determination of these women. The Feminist artists stood against an established, male-dominated art world. Women were under-represented and invisible to the public and the Feminist artists fought to change, what had been the norm for centuries. I want to thank them for their courage and offer my sincere gratitude. Image: Spoils of Courage 2004 (sold), Mixed Media on Board - oils, wax, plaster. Further Reading The Feminist Artists Who Changed the World Artland - Feminist Art History  How Art Fought for Women's Rights

Social Media Image Sizes

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I wonder if you're like me?  Every time I change my Facebook cover or try to adjust images for Instagram, I have to search the web for the correct sizes and formats.  Adding an image and allowing the platform to crop and resize it often looks bad. Below is a list of sizes for some of the most popular social media sites.  I gathered the info from around the web, but this is a link to a Hootsuite post that has masses of info for every social media site. All sizes are in pixels (px). Instagram   Profile Photo: 110 x 110   Square: 1080 x 1080  Portrait: 1080 x 1350  Landscape: 1080 x 566  Stories: 1080 x 1920  Facebook Profile photo: 180 x 180   Cover photo: 820 x 312  Link post : 1200 x 630  Photo: 1200 x 630  Group cover photo: 1640 x 856  Event cover photo: 1920 x 1050  Twitter Profile Photo: 400 x 400  Header Photo: 1500 x 500  Post Image size: 1200 x 675 Hope this helps you too.   Love Ya Image : Gerd Altmann

Spirit of Intelligence 2004 - Retrospective

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The following posts will be works from my degree show in 2004.  I'm going over my old work in an attempt to move forward. I've been in a stuck place for a number of years now and I believe reflection can be really useful.  What worked, what didn't, what would I have done differently? The show was really exciting, loads of people were at the opening and they were buying. It was such a buzz. Is this how it's going to be in the future, I wondered?  No is the short answer 😂. For those of you who went to art school, I'm sure you can relate.  I'm still trying to figure things out after all these years and there's so many things I would have done differently. The first thing would have been to get more help as it's too much to do everything by yourself.  You need people who will support you in such a competitive business.  Friends and family are great, but mostly, they don't get it.  We may need professional help, e.g. mentors, a business coach, marketin

The Painter's Pot - Retrospective

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After all these years, I'm still trying to find myself as an artist. To help me solve this dilemma and organise my thoughts, I have decided to start at the beginning. This was one of the first paintings I did at art school. My tutors said that palette knife paintings were artless and cheesy so being defiant, I painted the whole thing with palette knives and guess what - they couldn't tell the difference. Stick to your guns, try things out.  Being defiant is part of being an artist. Image -  The Painter's Pot 30 x 60 cm, oil on canvas.

Say No to Self-Doubt

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I've wanted to start a blog for a long time but wasn't sure if I'd anything to offer.  I'm still unsure but hey, we can't give in to fear, right?  I hope to find my tribe, so we can share our stories, successes, struggles and learn from each other.  Below is a bit of background to give some context. I hung up my paint brushes around seven years ago (2013) as a series of life events became overwhelming, at times heart-breaking.  For two of those years, I was physically and mentally unable to paint or make art of any kind.  I was burned out and broken.  During my fine-art absence, I did other creative stuff - graphic design, illustration, digital painting and, recently I illustrated a children's book about recycling.  These pursuits were rewarding and immersing myself in the magical world of children's illustration was lots of fun. Now, seven years on, the call to painting returns, but do I want to put myself in that place again - applying for shows, rejecti