Inspiration Boards and AHA Moments

By Anita Murphy / March 7, 2021 /

Monday March 1st, 2021 Today is the first day of CVP for the year (Creative Visionary Programme) with Nicholas Wilton and his merry crew.  This is my second time taking the course.  Hoping to dig deeper this year and get a more nuanced view from the lessons.  First thing on the course is creating an…

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Finishing off a challenge

By Anita Murphy / February 28, 2021 /

Monday 22nd February I think I have finished the second stepping stones painting.  Using an old canvas for this one. Issues: Biting the bullet and actually painting over something that there is a slight attachment to. Really weird painting on canvas I again after wooden panels. Not sure I like it but I think I…

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Collage, Stones and Coding

By Anita Murphy / February 24, 2021 /

Monday 15th February 2021 I’ve been thinking about doing some collage work as a regular thing.  Maybe set myself a challenge of 100 pieces of collage compositions.  That seems doable.  Can too many challenges be too much of a good thing.  I already have three on the: of painting in blue, 60 days of painting…

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Dreams come true

By Anita Murphy / September 17, 2017 /

  Its been a week of amazing sales and new steps. Since I started back on this art adventure many years ago, it has been a dream to have work in a gallery. This week that dream came true.  In June I received an email on my Etsy shop asking me if I would like…

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A couple of days late – but I made it in the end

By Anita Murphy / September 10, 2017 /

Last week I vowed to write a blog post each week. I’m a little late, but I got here in the end. I’ve been thinking a lot about ceramics lately and specifically about decorating them.  Some of the pots I make have pictures painted on in glazes and that is how I started out transposing…

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Revive Your Blog

By Anita Murphy / September 1, 2017 /

I have been following Alyson Stanfield, Art Biz Coach, for years.  Recently she wrote an email about reviving your blog.  Her points were interesting on why you should do so. “1 – Blogging adds fresh content to your site” Logical – but also shows the directions your work may be taking.  My work is definitely…

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New Year, New Plans

By Anita Murphy / January 4, 2017 /

I’ve been back in England for the past 4 months and have discovered a new passion.  Painting ceramics.  I lurched into Christmas baubles and found that they were extremely well received and from that I have decided to give painted ceramics a go, alongside my paintings. I started with doing just a couple of dozen…

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Chasing Moonbeams

Chasing Moonbeams

By Anita Murphy / September 2, 2016 /

I’m quite enjoying flipping between different mediums and styles and am finding that it stops me from over thinking process on more “serious’ pieces. Another in the series of moonlit illustrations.  I love the shape of hares as they run, from the stretched out animal to the moment it takes the next racing step.  

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Windswept

Windswept

By Anita Murphy / August 30, 2016 /

Sometimes its not a struggle.  It feels like it is all just happening when it is supposed to and without any effort at all.  And its bliss when it does.  It happened with this painting and I look at it now and wondered if I painted it!  I loved the way it came together and…

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Through the Trees

Into the woods

By Anita Murphy / August 26, 2016 /

One of the things I struggle with is style.  Are we tied to a style that we produce naturally or can we push ourselves to become something else?  I love loose splashy, abstracted paintings but I always seem to end up with tiny brushes in my hand adding detail.  Watercolour is allowing me to push…

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